Jim French from PD Ports' Receives MBE

Jim French from PD Ports' Receives MBE

An MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List has been awarded to Jim French, PD Ports’ Director Portcentric Logistics and former RHA (Road Haulage Association) Chairman, for services to young people in the transport industry. Jim has dedicated his time to advancing the cause of young people in the logistics industry with the successful operation of the Tees Valley Logistics Academy.

For his contribution to the successful formation of the Tees Valley Logistics Academy, Jim was awarded in 2006 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ status by Career Ready, with his work being described as ‘inspirational’.

“The need to encourage young people into this industry sector, which has some major skills shortage issues, is one that has long been a cause to which Jim has committed himself. With local schools and employers he has created opportunities for young people to better understand the industry and the prospects it can hold for a young person’s future career path. Recognition of his contribution is very well deserved and we are incredibly proud to have Jim as part of our team here at PD Ports,” said Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO.

Apart from his continuous commitment to enthusing young people about a career in logistics, Jim also played a key role in the formation of the RHA’s Road to Logistics, a charitable organisation launched to offer a route into logistics for diverse groups, including veterans, reformed offenders, women, disabled people and young people leaving care.

“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,” commented Richard Burnett, RHA Chief Executive.

Jim stepped down from his role as RHA Chairman in 2018 but remains an active member of the Board of Directors.

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