Jim French, the past chairman of the Road Haulage Association, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The citation reads: “James Anthony French – For Services to Young People in the Transport industry.”

Jim has been a long-standing and very active member of the RHA and during his time as chairman he supported the formation of Road to Logistics – a charitable organisation launched to offer a route into logistics for diverse groups including veterans, reformed offenders, women, the disabled and young people leaving care.

He has often visited schools and colleges talking to young people and trying to persuade them to consider a career in the sector.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “We’re absolutely delighted for Jim and this MBE is very well deserved given his commitment and energy in trying to attract the next generation into the road haulage industry. Jim has helped to overcome some of the negative perceptions young people have about the sector and this has had a significant impact among a younger generation who may now consider opportunities in an industry that’s suffering from a chronic staff shortage.”

Jim French started his career as a traffic office trainee before becoming a driver, and then moving into management with BRS (British Road Services), then to Exel Logistics and finally PD Ports on Teeside.

He is now semi-retired but is still at PD Ports and continues to be a member of the Board of Directors at the RHA.