Microlise Transport Conference to Support Transport Charity Transaid


International transport development charity Transaid, which identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions in developing countries, will be on-site at the Microlise Transport Conference, being held on Wednesday 20th May at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Transaid recognises that transport knowledge is absolutely essential to the smooth running of any project involving movement of goods or people. Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid, will address delegates to introduce the charity and discuss how the organisation works to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. During his presentation, Gary will also explain how the charity operates and how partnership with the UK transport and logistics industry is helping to solve real development challenges in the developing world.

In addition to speaking at the conference, Transaid will also have a stand in the exhibition area, where delegates can learn more about the charity and the opportunities to provide support. Transaid is supported by a number of organisations, including Microlise Transport Conference Gold Sponsors MAN Truck & Bus and DAF, as well as operators Bibby Distribution, Norbert Dentressangle and Wincanton.

Gary Forster was appointed as Transaid’s Chief Executive in April 2011. He joined Transaid in 2006 as a volunteer after working as a logistician for Procter & Gamble. He spent his first two years with Transaid in Southern Africa helping to establish a network of partners and building the foundation for the Professional Driver Training Project before moving to West Africa where he secured Transaid’s input into three large-scale projects focusing on maternal health, immunization and malaria. He spent three years in Zambia and Nigeria before returning to the UK to take on the role of Head of Programmes in 2009.

Since then Gary has helped build Transaid’s portfolio to include projects in Nigeria, Madagascar and Uganda. Gary has presented Transaid’s work to a range of international stakeholders including the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization.

“The Microlise Transport Conference offers a great opportunity for us to explain the vital work that Transaid is doing in the developing world,” said Gary. “We’re grateful to Microlise for supporting us by giving us this platform to meet so many senior people and decision makers from across industry.”

Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and its Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. For further information, please visit www.transaid.org.

To learn more about the Microlise Transport Conference, or to register to attend, please visit www.microliseconference.com.

About Microlise
Our solutions, underpinned by market leading technology, enable our customers to reduce operating costs and environmental impact by maximising the efficiency of their fleets. Microlise has empowered our customers to save over £172m in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by over 333,000 metric tonnes – equivalent to the output of 135,000 family cars – per year.

About Transaid
Transaid is an international development charity (registered charity number: 1072105) that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries.

Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with our experience in international development, we partner with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve our aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today.

Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. For more information, visit www.transaid.org.

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