AIA appoints David Giles as new Chair

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has announced the appointment of a new Chair.

David Giles, UK Director at Continental Bitumen, part of the Colas group of companies, has taken
over from Rick Green who is retiring after seven years in the position and following a 40-year career.

The AIA is a partnership between the Mineral Products Association and Eurobitume and was
established in 2000 to increase awareness of the asphalt industry and its activities, as well as the
uses and benefits of asphalt. A key part of its activity is the Annual Local Authority Road
Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which helps to raise awareness of local road maintenance and
funding issues in England and Wales.

David has extensive experience in the bitumen sector, previously with Shell for over 36 years and as
UK General Manager of Eurobitume between 2018 and 2021, when he played an active role in the

“I am delighted to have taken over as AIA Chair,” said David. “Over the last seven years, with Rick at
its helm, awareness of the AIA and its activities has grown massively, in no small part due to Rick’s
enthusiasm, passion and commitment to its aims.

“The AIA is recognised as an authoritative voice on industry issues and there is no doubt that its
campaigning has made an impact, with both the main political parties grasping that longer term
funding horizons are integral to effective asset management of the local road network in their

“We will continue to campaign for targeted and accountable funding over the long term to deliver
sustained improvement in local road conditions and enhance the resilience of the network for all
road users.”

Rick is retiring after 40 years’ operational and commercial experience in the highway construction
and maintenance sector. With a background in civil engineering, he has held several senior positions within the asphalt industry, latterly as Managing Director of Midland Quarry Products, Heidelberg Materials’ Leicestershire-based asphalt and quarrying business.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) is a partnership between the Mineral Products Association and Eurobitume.
It draws on the knowledge and experience of both organisations to increase awareness of the asphalt industry and to promote the uses and benefits of asphalt.

The AIA produces the annual ALARM survey to provide a detailed picture of the condition of the local road network and enable insightful analysis of road maintenance and funding issues. The latest – and previous issues – can be downloaded in full at:


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