The Road Surface Treatment Association (RSTA) has announced that chief executive Dr Howard Robinson will be standing down from 1 January.
Dr Howard Robinson
He will be taking up a new post as managing director of ASI Solutions Limited - best known for RHiNOPHALT, a penetrative asphalt preservative.
Dr Robinson spent nearly 10 years as RSTA chief executive, during which time the trade body grew to represent 87 member companies that provide surface treatments and techniques to maximise the service life of UK roads.
A well-known and much-admired figure in the sector, Dr Robinson always combined great expertise with a forthright, outspoken lobbying style on behalf of the roads sector while at the RSTA.
The RSTA has appointed Mike Harper as its new chief executive. Mr Harper has 30 years' experience in highways materials and joins the RSTA from materials specialists GCP Applied Technologies (formerly Stirling Lloyd), where he headed their highways activities.
He has been active with the RSTA for the last eight years on numerous committees, working groups and industry events, previously holding positions as a sector chairman (high friction surfacing), RSTA chairman (in 2015) and as RSTA director, and is the current chief technical officer.
Mr Harper said: 'Howard has very much become the figurehead of the RSTA over the last decade and has represented the interests of our members with many of the major highways client bodies. The RSTA provides quality guidance and impartial advice as well as training hundreds of highways engineers every year throughout the UK, and I look forward to leading the organisation as we continue to support our clients and members.'
Dr Robinson said: 'Mike and I have worked closely together over the last eight years and Mike’s appointment as CEO from January provides a seamless handover for our members and clients in the many committees and working groups that we support. I wish him every success in the role.'