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Transport Training Board

The Transport Training Board (TTB) is a charity registered in Northern Ireland (NI Charity 101451) which has existed since 1991 when it was created to continue the legacy of training and development provided by the Road Transport Industry Training Board.

Inheriting ‘a few fields and some training buildings’ which were once part of the former Nutts Corner airfield, the Board took a long term approach to the sustainability of training in the industries it served by creating the Nutts Corner Business Park. The investment in the business park allowed revenue which has created the modern regional transport training facility at Nutts Corner from where the Board and its wholly owned subsidiary, TTS, deliver its charitable aims of educating and training people employed or wanting to work in the automotive, transportation and logistics industries and providing education and training to the general public. The Board continues to develop training resources through grants and other support to related training initiatives.

Nutts Corner Business park is strategically located at the heart of the road transport network. It is home to major distribution businesses, training and developing organisations as well as automotive and construction businesses.

The creation of the business park was a catalyst to the area being designated as a Strategic Employment Location.

TTB is led by a Board of Charity Trustees who have been recruited to bring strong governance and to reflect the industries the charity serves.

Further information on the Board and opportunities at the Business park can be obtained from Andrew McCracken, the Charity’s Company Secretary.

The Boards membership includes:

Dr David Irvine

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Dr David Irvine
Through David’s 38 year career in Further and Higher Education, in particular as a Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at the School of Engineering in the Ulster University, he taught and managed a broad spectrum of engineering topics. David has a strong conviction that in-depth vocational training produces a very significant benefit in the performance of the workforce and provides a very worthwhile return for the investment made in this area, ensuring a solid context for the learning process. David is a firm believer in the value of courses such as those offered by Transport Training in the training and development of people for careers in industry.
Pamela Dennison

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Pamela Dennison
Pamela is an experienced senior manager with a demonstrated history of working in the road transport, operations, supply chain and logistics industry. As well as being a TTB Board member, Pamela is the National Officer for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is Chair of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Regional Committee for Northern Ireland. Having worked in the family business WS Dennison from a young age, she holds an HGV class C+E license, International Certificate of Professional Competence in road transport (CPC) and Level 3 & 4 in Customs Imports and Exports. With this background Pamela brings a rich experience of developing skills and leadership in key industries the Transport Training Board serves.
Sam Patterson

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Sam Patterson
Sam Patterson’s career has spanned a first job repairing punctures on split rim truck wheels off tipper lorries through to senior management of the DAF franchise at Mallusk. His career demonstrates the opportunities which an apprenticeship can offer. Sam’s career positions include management roles in Dukes Transport, John Grahams of Dromore, Copeland Engineering, Agnew Commercials, Gray & Adams, TBF Thompson and then his own business Patterson Outdoor Cleaning Solutions Ltd. His commitment to ongoing learning has been key to his career progression and this commitment he has shared with others as a member and local Chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and also of the Institute for Road Transport Engineers (IRTE).
Rodney Ferguson FCCA

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Rodney Ferguson FCCA
Rodney Ferguson was appointed Chair of the Transport Training Board in January 2020 following the retirement of Ted Hesketh. Rodney has extensive experience in leadership of logistics and transport organisations across Europe. Rodney is a Fellow of the Institute for Chartered Certified Accountants and has an M.Sc in Management and Executive Leadership from University of Ulster. In his career he has leadership positions in Interland Transport Ltd (Now Interfrigo Ltd), Norfolkline (Part of Maersk) where he became Commercial Director for Logistics across all European Sites. On its sale to DFDS in 2010 Rodney became VP for sales and then later Managing Director (in Belfast) before retiring. Rodney is committed to developing the Transport Training Board’s role as a charity to enable good practice in learning and skill development in the industries we serve.

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