Youngest-ever mayor new RTF boss

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

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 signiŠcant change for the sec­tor.

“‹ere are both signiŠcant 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 eŽec­tive 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

Nick Leggett

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