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ADEPT gets new president

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) will saw a new President take up the mantle last week.

Matthew Lugg assumed duties as the 121st President on 17 June 2011, succeeding George Batten from Wiltshire Council.

Matthew will add his year in office, to his wide-ranging list of responsibilities which include Director of Environment and Transport at Leicestershire County Council, lead of the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) Operations Delivery work stream and Chair of the Midland Highway Alliance, in which he was a founding influence.

It is also has also recently been announced that he is soon to become Chair of the Department for Transport’s review into the long-term solution for pot holes.

Matthew Lugg said: -I am really looking forward to my time in office. Over the next year, the goal is to expand the membership across the country, improving the representation of the sector with a view to effecting a more a comprehensive influence.

-There is also a plan to develop the engagement strategy with the present and future members by developing sub-national groups.”

ADEPT was formed in 2010 as a result of a move to broaden its remit from that of the former County Surveyors’ Society (CSS) whose primary focus was on transport.

The Association consists of key local authority chief officers who provide strategic direction to some of the most pressing issues in transport, waste management, environment, planning, energy and economic development issues facing local authorities the UK today.

ADEPT is a centre of technical expertise with its members ensuring that much of the nation’s vital infrastructure is managed, maintained and constantly improved. The Association also engages with central Government to share expertise and discuss current and future issues.

For more information, visit the ADEPT website www.adeptnet.org.uk

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