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New trustees appointed to Transaid board

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Road transport industry charity Transaid has taken three new trustees onto its board of directors, all well-known figures with vast experience.

Joan Aitken OBE, recently retired after 16 years as Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland; Alan Hunt, MD of Schmitz Cargobull UK (pictured) and John Gurr, Sourcing Supply Director of Kingfisher Group have all joined the board taking the total number of trustees to 15.

They replace long-standing trustees who have stepped down due to natural rotation. Aitken, who has taken part in two Transaid cycling challenges, said: “Transaid has been of vital importance to me personally and professionally as it has allowed me to tilt my head in appreciation of the humanitarians within the industry who give their time, expertise and equipment to help others.

“I hope that my regulatory experience will be valuable in maintaining the high standards already in place at Transaid and providing support for the Chief Executive and her resourceful and imaginitive team.”

Hunt’s appointment comes 18 months after his firm became the first trailer manufacturer to offer its corporate support for Transaid. He added: “Since I entered the industry in 2016 Transaid has captured my imagination and I knew very quickly this was an organisation I wanted to be closely involved with.”

Gurr brings commercial and supply chain experience to Transaid after working for various UK retail organisations for more than 30 years. He said: “Sourcing products worldwide has exposed me to organisations in developing countries where, despite sometimes a lack of resources or infrastructure, I have always been impressed with how people maintain a sense of optimism, positive energy and enthusiasm to overcome any difficulty.”

Alan Hunt, Managing Director of Schmitz Cargobull UK.