Richard Burnett

Chief Executive

Biography

Richard Burnett’s career in logistics has spanned over 30 years. During that time he has worked for many well-known logistics operations including TDG, Wincanton, Hayes and Samworth Brothers, looking after some of the most prestigious high street names such as HJ Heinz, GSK, Panasonic and Adidas.

Since joining the Road Haulage Association three years ago he has restructured the RHA, making it a far more relevant and effective organisation that delivers value for its members with a powerful and effective lobbying voice.

Richard works tirelessly to raise the profile of the RHA with the media on many industry issues. In 2015 he reached number 7 on the prestigious Motor Transport power players list – the list that recognises the most influential people in the transport industry where he was described as ‘the pre-eminent lobbyist for road haulage in the UK in 2015’. In January this year Richard achieved the number 5 spot for 2016 – the highest position for a non-government official.

His is the face of a backroom media campaign that has effectively raised the visibility of the RHA on a wide range of industry issues including the skills shortage; Brexit; fuel prices; migrant camps in Calais, air quality and electric vehicles. If it’s road transport-related then the RHA has a view on it. The RHA regularly gets its views across the national media – published, online and broadcast.

And now the RHA is pursuing another challenge; as the representative body on behalf of UK hauliers bringing collective proceedings to the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 five major truck manufacturers were issued a €2.9bn fine by the EC for co-ordinated truck pricing. It is impossible to predict how wide-reaching this action will be, or what it will result in for operators, but Richard Burnett insists it is the right thing to do for the Association’s members.