As patron of Transaid, an International Transport development charity, The Princess Royal will be presenting the keynote address at the 2016 Microlise Transport Conference.
Held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 18 May, this conference is the largest road transport gathering of its kind in Europe. The day-long event will feature a 3,500 square meter exhibition space and three separate industry workshop areas.
Along with her patronages in the road haulage industry, the Princess Royal is an honorary member of the Road Haulage Association, (RHA). She also has a Class 2 heavy goods vehicle license
The Microlise Transport Conference draws more than 1,000 transport industry professionals. Last year saw a milestone reached when Microlise announced that it was now a corporate member to Transaid by providing the charity with telematics and transport management solutions to its current projects in Africa.
Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid spoke of his anticipation of Her Princess Anne’s visit and what his charity hoped to accomplish.
“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness accepted the invitation. We want to build a world where transport contributes fully to a better quality of life and is accessible to all. The support we receive from the UK transport industry is essential to achieving our aims.“
Motoring journalist personality, Quentin Willson will chair the program. The conference will also feature speakers and stakeholders including transport operators and those within government.
Bob Harbey, Executive Director of Microlise had this to say about the Princess Royal’s visit and Transaid. “We are honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to the Microlise Transport Conference and would like to thank Transaid for their support in inviting their Patron, in addition to the Transaid Corporate Members who lent their names to our proposal, namely DAF, MAN, the RHA and FTA.”
He continued, “By attending the conference we want transport professionals to feel they have gained practical knowledge that will benefit them in their day-to-day jobs. The conference remains a place where the big issues are not only discussed and debated, but it also acts as a catalyst for change. The 2016 programme, including The Princess Royal’s contribution, is shaping up to be very exciting indeed.”