rha richard burnett

The RHA has named Samworth Brothers Distribution MD Richard Burnett as its new chief executive. He will take up his position when outgoing chief executive Geoff Dunning retires in August.

While he joins the association from an operational background, Burnett has held numerous positions in large contract logistics companies, namely TDG, Hays Distribution and Wincanton.

He began his career in logistics at TDG and over the course of his career has been responsible for the management of large contracts including HJ Heinz, Panasonic, GSK and Adidas.

At Wincanton, Burnett was responsible for driving forward its transformational change programme, and since June 2012 has headed up the own-account transport operation for food manufacturer Samworth Brothers.

Burnett said: “It’s an honour to represent the road haulage industry and to help shape road transport of the future. I’m looking forward to better understanding the priorities of the RHA’s members, how those needs are being met and what we can do to improve our services and performance.”

Current chief executive Geoff Dunning will retire in August. He has been with the association since 1987, when he took up the role of manager for the north eastern district.