THE Commercial Boat Operators’ Association has elected Mike Garratt as its new president.
He succeeds long-serving David Quarmby, who has agreed to become one of two vice-presidents.
Mike is chairman of transport economists MDS Transmodal Ltd and has spent over 50 years in the sector. He has a long history of support for inland waterway freight, having chaired pressure group Sea & Water and more recently as a member of the Canal & River Trust’s Freight Advisory Group and Freight Steering Group.
CBOA chairman David Lowe said he has known Mike for over 20 years and is delighted that he had agreed to take on the role at what is a very important and exciting time for the sector.
He said: “I have experienced first-hand his interest and passion for freight carriage on the UK’s commercial inland waterways and his belief that they have the potential to play an important role as part of a fully sustainable and integrated freight transport system.
“Mike’s expertise and wisdom will greatly benefit the association as we seek to support our member companies and influence decision-makers at all levels to do what they can to attract and facilitate more tonnage to the commercial inland waterways.”