The Right Honourable John Hayes CBE MP, appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport in Theresa May’s new Government in July, will deliver the keynote speech at the Microlise Transport Conference on 17th May.
The address will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to deliver a powerful message to government, via interactive audience polling and questioning, of the issues most pressing to the transport industry during the Brexit negotiations.
During the conference, attendees will get a view from the senior politician on how the Government is supporting the industry to help resolve issues such as the skills shortage. Hayes has held various ministerial positions as well as shadow posts dating back to 2000.
John Hayes said:
“The road freight sector is key to keeping our economy moving, delivering parts to our factories and stock to our shops. As the Transport Minister with responsibility for the freight sector I have brought the industry together to see where the government can help them address their concerns and to encourage them to rise to the challenge of recruiting the next generation of Logistics professionals. That requires a co-ordinated approach that improves working conditions and promotes development and progression in a dynamic and modern industry.
“I look forward to addressing the Microlise Transport Conference to reiterate my support for the sector and highlight the opportunities available to them through the Trailblazer Apprenticeships and the funding available through the Apprenticeship levy.”
Free-to-attend, the conference will again take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry and includes a full day’s agenda supported by focused workshops and a sizable exhibition area. It will be chaired by award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson.
Many speakers are already confirmed including Eddie Stobart’s Chief Information Officer, the DVSA’s Head of Enforcement Policy and Senior Transport Commissioner Beverley Bell. The Institute of Couriers and Government Office of Science also have slots in the conference agenda.
“We are pleased to welcome the Minister as the conference keynote. With over 1,000 delegates attending from the haulier and transport operator community this is a great opportunity for Government to address a large group of industry decision makers and for the industry as a whole to have its say,” said Microlise Chief Executive Officer, Nadeem Raza.
Delegates attending in May will also gain access to three specially curated workshop areas covering a range of topics relevant for transport professionals, hosted by the Road Haulage Association, Motor Transport and Microlise.
The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, which celebrate the UK’s most talented HGV drivers, are back again for 2017. Both through analysis of telematics data, and via a number of nominated categories they shine a light on the exemplary work being carried out by drivers out on the UK’s roads. Categories include HGV Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Extra Mile, Most Improved and Young Driver of the Year.
Registration for the free-to-attend conference can be completed at www.microliseconference.com.
Microlise telematics and proof of delivery solutions help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.
A privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. Microlise helps its customers to save more than £175m each year in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes.
About John Hayes CBE MP
John Hayes was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings in 1997.
John joined the Conservative Party at the age of 14. His career highlights include:
- Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1999
- Shadow Schools Minister, 2000
- Assistant Opposition Chief Whip, 2001
- Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 2002 to 2003
- Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, 2003 to 2005
- Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, 2007 to 2010
- Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education, May 2010 to September 2012
- Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change, September 2012 to March 2013
- Minister without Portfolio, March 2013 to July 2014
- Minister of State at the Department for Transport and senior Parliamentary adviser to the Prime Minister from July 2014 to May 2015
- Minister for Security at the Home Office from May 2015 until July 2016