Richard Armitage’s Lifetime Achievement Award

MD of the Richard Armitage Transport Consultancy and Chairman of the TAS Partnership, Richard Armitage CMILT, has won the PTRC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Transport Practitioners’ Meeting Awards. Richard earned the accolade for his work in developing local community transport schemes since the 1970s, as well as what the judging panel called his ‘infectious enthusiasm’ for good local transport planning and provision. His award was presented by Steve Agg, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

PTRC is a training and events staging specialist, providing a range of technical courses designed to appeal to newer engineers, planners and technicians. The 2013 Transport Practitioners’ Meeting Awards were presented to top transport planners across the UK in recognition of their work in proposing, planning and developing schemes that improve local transport provision, enhance the built environment or contribute to local socio-economic well being. This year’s event was held at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

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New TAS appointments

Jeff Clayton and Meera Rambissoon have taken up new roles at the TAS Partnership. The appointments are designed to widen and deepen the Preston based public transport specialist’s expertise. Jeff was previously Area Service Delivery Manager at First Manchester and latterly assisted Stagecoach with handing the Chester and Wirral depots into their ownership. He has worked for over eight years in public transport, notably for FirstGroup and also for Transdev, where he was a Commercial Analyst in Paris in 2005/6. He was named runner-up in the ‘Young Bus Manager of the Year’ category of the UK Bus Awards in 2012. He joins TAS as a Senior Consultant, which involves delivering a range of solutions to its private and public sector partners.

Meera joins TAS from bus industry alliance Greener Journeys, where she was Campaign Manager. She has over five years experience as a journalist for the transport trade press. She has become a Senior Consultant at TAS and will be charged with supporting its offer to the company’s clients. Her knowledge of journalism and campaign management is expected to allow the company to move into new areas, including stakeholder consultation, liaison, promotional activities and marketing.

Chairman of the TAS Partnership, Richard Armitage, said, ‘I am delighted that Jeff and Meera have agreed to join TAS. Fresh faces and fresh ideas are just what the company and our clients need right now and by adding them to the roster we feel that the company is sending a clear signal about investing in the future.’