Role Profile – RHA Regional Council Chairperson

Role Profile – RHA Regional Council Chairperson

About Us 

The RHA is a member-led trade association which has been supporting people and businesses in the road transport industry since 1945. We offer a voice for our members to work with governments, policy makers, and local authorities across the UK on the issues most important to them. We campaign on a breadth of priorities including changes to legislation, rising fuel costs, better roadside facilities, and the transition to a Net Zero transport system. 

Our 8,500 members range from hauliers to coach and van operators, and we offer them access to technical and professional services to help them comply with industry regulations and assist them in running their businesses efficiently. This also includes a wide range of accredited training programmes to help firms develop their teams and operations. We champion the highest standards in our industry and work hard to be the go-to organisation for driving business on our roads. 

The Chairperson Role 

As a Regional Council Chairperson, you are responsible for leading the Regional Council meetings in your region whilst ensuring that the Council represents the interests of our members. You need to have the ability to engage with the wider membership and a commitment to allowing voices concerns/views of the membership to be heard. Other key aspects of the role are as follows:-

  • To lead the Regional Council meetings, set its agenda and ensure that it is an effective meeting 
  • To promote a culture of openness and debate 
  • Lead the approval of guests and the co-opting process 
  • Liaising with the RHA Membership Director and/or Regional Operations Manager as required 
  • Approve any spending from the regional social fund (where there is one) 
  • Managing attendance of Regional Council members at Regional Council meetings in line with the rules of the RHA 
  • Managing and driving the action log 
  • Lead on the consideration of new members when the list is received. 

The Regional Council Representative Role 

The normal role profile for Regional Council Representatives is also applicable to you. 

1. Representation 

  • You must be a member of the RHA as defined in the Articles of Association.
  • To act as the primary advocate for RHA members within your designated region.
  • Where time permits, use your relationships with local government officials, regulatory bodies, and other relevant stakeholders in your region to represent the industry and RHA Members when requested to do so by the RHA.
  • Attend regional council meetings and RHA events to provide input on industry related matters.
  • Each Regional Council member shall attend a minimum of four meetings in a year, with the exception of the Scotland & NI members who are expected to attend 3. Failing to meet this minimum attendance will be investigated by the Governance Committee and may be deemed as resignation from the Council. 

2. Member Engagement 

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with RHA members within the region. 
  • Listen to members’ concerns, needs, and feedback and relay this information back to the Regional Council 

3. Local Policies 

  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments at regional level that may impact the industry and assess the potential impact on the RHA and its members. 

4. Communication 

  • When requested to by the RHA and where time allows, to serve as a spokesperson for the RHA in your region on topics you feel are within your knowledge, providing media interviews and statements where necessary. The RHA media team will support you with any such requests. 
  • The Declarations of Interest form at Appendix one must be completed prior to appointment 

Key Skills and Requirements 

The RHA Regional Council member will demonstrate the following qualities and experience: 

  • Relevant and current business experience in an organisation
  • Knowledge of the haulage industry and/or the coach/van sectors and the key challenges 
  • Passion for the organisation and the industry 
  • Commitment to the RHA Code of Conduct (Appendix B) 


Regional Council Members are appointed for an initial term of three years. Appointments are subject to the provisions of the articles of association.