Kevin Barcroft Chairman of the FTA East of England Freight Council

Simply Waste Solutions’ Academy Training Manager, Kevin Barcroft has been elected as Chairman of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) East of England Freight Council.

As the business organisation representing the interests of the logistics sector, FTA’s regular Freight Council meetings provide its 17,000 members with the opportunity to directly influence FTA’s policy agenda, discuss the latest developments regarding logistics, and network with industry peers. Kevin has been attending a member of the Council for over a decade, serving as Vice Chairman for a number of those years.

Kevin being even more involved in the FTA will give Simply Waste Solutions further exposure within the wider logistics sector. It will also ensure that the waste industries needs will be taken into consideration during discussions.

“It’s an honour to take on this important role, I am both excited and very aware of the responsibilities this privilege brings.

We have always been fully engaged in all matters relating to the waste and transport industries, as we’ve been active members of the FTA for over a decade; especially with me serving as Vice Chairman of the East of England Freight Council for a number of years. Nevertheless, now being Chairman, should help fix Simply Waste more firmly centre stage in most of the important issues facing our industry and the country as a whole.”
– Kevin Barcroft

“With his wide-ranging experience, in-depth knowledge, and commitment to FTA, Kevin Barcroft is perfectly placed to take the reins as the Chairman of the East of England Freight Council. His unwavering dedication to standing up for the needs of logistics matches FTA’s mission to a tee; we are delighted to welcome him on board.”
– Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of South of England and Urban Policy

Some of Kevin’s other responsibilities also include ‘The Skills Working Group’ for the logistics and transport sector. This involves:

  • Advising on the development of Government training policies and strategies, and contributing to FTA policy positions on skills development and training
  • Advising on the development of competences and qualifications
  • Developing best practice advise for the progress of staff in the sector
  • Advise on the development of future training material and qualifications

Another important area that Kevin’s been asked to get involved with is the FTA Waste Forum. Members of the Forum comprise of organisations within the FTA which operate HGVs and light commercial vehicles involved in the waste services sector.

The Waste Forum will pursue fleet compliance and excellence in the areas of driver management and vehicle road-worthiness, improvements to on and off-road safety practices and standards, and share best practice to enable wider adoption of transport-related operational efficiencies. The Forum’s work focuses on the activities of businesses which provide commercial and residential waste-related services.

This is fantastic news following on from Simply Waste being announced as an approved Driver CPC Centre which is largely down to Kevin’s hard work. Everyone at Simply Waste Solutions is immensely proud of Kevin and is happy to support him in his journey with the FTA.