Portadown man awarded OBE for roads role

Geoff Allister (left) and Kenny Guy at Carrickblacker following a recent round. Pic by Phil Ray.INPT12-141''PTGOLF14
Geoff Allister (left) and Kenny Guy at Carrickblacker following a recent round. Pic by Phil Ray.INPT12-141''PTGOLF14

A Portadown man has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.

Geoffrey Allister received the award for services to highway engineering in Northern Ireland.

The married father-of-two is executive director of the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), the trade organisation that represents the service providers who maintain around 90 per cent of the UK roads network.

Before joining the HTMA in 2012, Geoff was chief executive of Northern Ireland’s Roads Service for more than five years, working closely with local Ministers and the Northern Ireland Assembly, and responsible for managing and developing the province’s road network.

In his job with HTMA, he has recently played a leading role in improving the safety of both road users and roadworkers at roadworks across the UK. This has included the introduction of safer working practices and efforts to improve driver behaviour through roadworks.

He said, “I was surprised and delighted to receive this award. I have been privileged to work with a number of inspirational and dedicated professionals across the UK in the Highways Term Maintenance Association, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Roads Service.

“I believe this award recognises both their achievements, and the importance of highways and transportation to our society.”