DVLA gets new boss

A former Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit (MMT), Mr Noble John Appiah, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Driver and Vehicle Lincensing Authority (DVLA).

Mr Appiah takes over from Mr Rudolph Beckley who has now been reassigned to the Ministry of Transport following changes announced by the Flagstaff House.

Mr Appiah takes over at a time the DVLA is struggling to clear a huge backlog of driver’s licences as a result of a breakdown in its printing machines and a controversy surrounding a contract sum involving FOTO-X, a private consultancy that was contracted to help automate operations of the DVLA.

He assumes this role with over 30 years experience in the road transport industry, after serving in varied roles in both state and private sector organisations.

While he was the MD of MMT, the largest bus operator in the country, he initiated and led the development and launch of the first five-year strategic plan to grow the company, increase profitability and market share, as well as enhance customer service.

During his tenure, the company’s operating profit for 2014 grew by 100 per cent.

However, in January this year, he was accused of financial irregularities in a procurement process but he insisted that he acted prudently in the interest of the company.

He was later asked to step aside, which he did until he was appointed  CEO of the DVLA in October this year.
For a decade, Mr Appiah survived regime changes to serve as Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).

While at the NRSC, he transformed the commission into a proactive and data-led public agency that developed a road safety management model.
Professional background 

He was the Managing Director of  the State Transport Corporation (STC) from 1995 to 1999 and within three years had significantly improved the profitability of the company after nearly a decade of continuous losses.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Appiah held various corporate executive roles, including Technical Services Manager, Farmers Services Co Ltd, Bolgatanga, then Upper Region; Regional Manager, Bulk Haulage, State Transport Corporation, Tema where he managed the then largest dry and wet cargo bulk haulage operations in the country.

 In 1994, as Field Services Engineer at the Union Trading Co Ltd (UTC), he was awarded the UTC International Quality Award for technical innovation and managerial performance.

He is a professional engineer and a chartered transport and road traffic safety practitioner.

Mr Appiah graduated in transport engineering at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering, UK, and  had his postgraduate studies at the University of London in 1983.

He has undertaken Advanced General and Executive Management training in Japan, UK, Sweden and Graduate programme in Leadership and Governance at GIMPA.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers and Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics among others.

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