FTA names head of research

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The FTA has appointed Dr Sharon Ryan as head of research at its headquarters in Tunbridge Wells.

Ryan will be responsible for commissioning and producing FTA data and surveys, including the Guide to Distribution Costs and the Quarterly Transport Activity Survey, along with a range of specialist and original research work.

She will report to the FTA’s general manager – information, Simon Chapman who said: “This new post will provide FTA with the resource to develop existing information services and, in addition, to carry out the necessary in-depth analysis of industry trends, freight costs and new legislation which we need in order to underpin our policy and campaigning work. 

“The economic squeeze means that managers need up-to-date information on cost factors affecting their businesses and of upcoming changes, in order to best manage their operation in the most economic and efficient fashion. 

“FTA information services are designed to provide such support and the expansion of our staff resource in this area is a sign of our commitment to aiding our members.”

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