A Southampton logistics firm boss has been elected chairman of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) in Hampshire.

Andy Sheppard, Meachers Global Logistics Depot Manager will now lead the RHA, a member-led trade association that supports people and businesses in the road transport industry.

As RHA Chair, Sheppard will act as a voice for logistics and road haulage companies for members in its Hampshire Sub-Region, one of its largest with over 25 members who regularly meet to discuss the issues that are most important to them.

Speaking of his appointment, Sheppard said: “The RHA is about having a voice and my job is to ensure that it gets heard for its Hampshire members. It is imperative that we, as haulage companies, maintain a collective voice through the RHA. Our input is crucial in shaping the path forward amidst these changes.

“I firmly believe that within these challenges lie vast opportunities. As Chairman, I am committed to ensuring that we seize these prospects for growth and adaptation."  

Sheppard joined Meachers Global Logistics ten years ago and has helped to grow and develop its transport division.

In his previous role as Transport Operations Manager, Sheppard significantly improved Meachers’ profitability whilst overseeing 70 drivers across the country, providing a service of excellence to customers.

Andy was born into logistics and has worked in the industry all his life. His father worked as a truck driver before hanging up his keys to set up his own road haulage company.  

After finishing school, Andy went to work for him, supporting with the day-to-day planning and running of the trucks.
Keen to experience what working days were like for the drivers he managed, he later took his HGV driving test, an experience that was incredibly eye-opening. 

“Very quickly I learned that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did,” recalls Andy.

“Experiencing what it’s like to be a driver gave me a much more grounded view of everything, and how I could be more effective in supporting the drivers I was managing.”