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Thursday the 29th of July the first PROFCon will be held at Brooklands Museum Surrey. Attendance is strictly by invitation but this significant event will be fully reported in Professional Recovery Magazine.


2 years ago I officially launched the PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY OPERATORS FEDERATION. My objectives were well known, and to be frank PROF has and is surpassing my expectations! However one of my main objectives has always been to form a national forum of VROs to represent PROF across the UK. Whilst creating the strategic partnership with Highways England, Highways England were forming a National Executive committee and 7 regional committees to discuss and highlight the different issues presented to both parties the most relevant being.

Smart Motorways
Electric Vehicles
National minimum industry standard
Improved Safety on the SRN
Quicker and concise communication, between. Highways England, work providers, and VROs.

Highways England , has now created a regional map, with 7 regions, that will meet, communicate and identify any issues. A major plus will be that, Highways England will inform regional representatives in advance of any roll outs, major road works or changes in operations on the SRN. This always was a major issue for me and I am delighted with the progress we have made there.

Now then, even the most Robust Dictator cannot dictate matters in regional areas I have no knowledge of, nor have I any right to either! So I have now constructed the final piece of the PROF jigsaw. The Professional Recovery Operators Forum. A national forum which will consist of 7 carefully selected and invited VROs to represent each of the regions which Highways England have constructed themselves. Through research and reputation I believe I have selected and invited 7 of the finest operators in the UK to represent not just PROF, but it’s own particular region and any independent VROs that may have issues in their own areas. PROF. is not a commercial venture and we do not charge membership fees, or have a commercial agenda! So any reasonable request by any independent VROs will be considered and represented by the regional PROF representative.

However I am not stupid either!! Many independent VROs have a view and operate like many of us, under very difficult circumstances, but don’t have a platform or an opportunity to highlight relevant issues because , they are not part of a trade association! Well you have a voice now! As long as it’s reasonable point and does not have any political or personal issues. You can voice them your selves to your forum member. I do want the independent industry to have a voice that is heard in the right places, that will help us to build our ever evolving relationship with Highways England who are giving us this opportunity to be heard and are working with us at every level! These issues will be discussed at regional levels, and brought to the Highways England National Executive committee when we meet and is chaired by acting C E O Nick Harris. These issues of importance will not be vetoed, or interfered with by me and as I don’t have a council, not by a national council either. As things evolve so will the Forum, but with COVID still very much an issue, we will move at the same pace as lock down allows!

Bill Calvert - CF Engineering.
Ray. Colemans - Lantern Group.
David Goldburn - Hough Green.
Sean Manchett - Manchetts Garage .
Mac Hobbs - Hobbs Recovery.
Mark Crawley - Road Runners.
John Cox - Highfield Garage.

I don’t personally know all of these Forum members, they have been invited based on their Location, the quality of their Operation and their reputation as VROs. Their experience and attitude to contributing to the forum will hopefully bring a new energy, and possibly a different perspective to my personal direction, which will be very healthy for PROF and the other bodies we will eventually be dealing with. PROF is privileged to have them on board. They will certainly give educated fusion and input to parts of the country sometimes forgotten about, yet are vital to the independent Recovery network.

Below is the Highways England official map, which has been split into 7 regions, all of which overlap and some cover large areas of the SRN. The overlaps are not boundaries and the Forum members will be encouraged to work together attend meetings together, where ever they feel they can contribute effectively. Once again that will be decide by them independently and not by me! So the PROF jigsaw is now complete! Important news of new and important strategic partnerships will follow at the appropriate time. I am excited at this new dimension that has finally been added to the Federation it’s been a while in the pipeline bit hopefully it’s been done properly with the right people for the right reasons!

Richard Goddard
Chairman PROF

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