Youngest-ever mayor new RTF boss
A FORMER TWO TERM MAYOR OF PORIRUA WILL BE the next chief executive of the Road Transport Forum.
Twenty years ago Nick Leggett, now 39, became New Zealand’s youngest-ever mayor.
He takes over the leadership of the Forum from current CEO Ken Shirley, who’s retiring at the end of the year.
Leggett was in the news last year when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Wellington mayoralty, then switched his political allegiance from the Labour Party to National – initiating but later withdrawing from a bid to become a National candidate.
For the past year he has been the executive director of the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.
RTF chairman Neil Reid, announcing the appointment, says that he is looking forward to working closely with Leggett, “who will have responsibility for leading the national body of the NZ trucking industry in a time of signicant change for the sector.
“ere are both signicant challenges and exciting opportunities facing the road transport industry in the coming years, across the political, regulatory and business environments.”
Leggett says that he is looking forward to the challenge of leading a group that he has long admired for their strong and eective advocacy.
“e Road Transport Forum and its constituent associations have a proud history representing a sector that is at the heart of so much economic activity,” he says.
“I’m excited to carry on that good work and assist road transport operators get the most out of their businesses and meet the challenges coming their way.”
Ken Shirley says he has thoroughly enjoyed the past eight years “working for the industry that literally drives the New Zealand economy. I wish Nick and the industry every success in the future.”
Fuso NZ’s Kathy Schluter