Management Team

Dr Howard Robinson – Chief Executive and Company Secretary


BSc, Ph.D, C.Chem, MRSC, C.Sci, MEI, FCIHT, MIAT

Howard joined the RSTA in 2009 and has been involved with the roads maintenance industry for nearly 30 years having held senior positions with Tarmac Group, Wimpey Minerals and Nynas Bitumen over this period. He represents the RSTA on various CEN and BSI committees dealing with road materials and is the UK technical expert on CEN committee TC227 WG2 which produces and updates European Product Standards for Surface Dressing and Slurry Surfacings. Howard is the chairman of National Highway Sector Scheme 13 (NHSS13) technical advisory committee for the supply and application of surface treatments to road surfaces and secretary to NHSS23 for Small Scale Pavement Repairs. He represents RSTA on the UK Pavement Liaison Group (UKPLG) chaired by Highways England dealing with updates to the Design Manual and Specification for Highway Works and is a member of HiTAC (Highway Technical Advisory Committee) which deals with HAPAS product certification schemes. Howard chaired the industry panel responsible for updating the Surface Dressing Design Guide – Road Note 39 (7th Edition) in 2016.

Howard has been a Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University, School of The Built Environment since 2001 and has chaired the annual LJMU Asphalt Pavement Engineering Conference since its inception in 2002. Howard has been actively involved with industry level research and development since entering the industry in 1985 with over 30 papers published relating to bitumen, asphalt, concrete, recycling, industrial slag materials and road surface treatments. He has also presented at numerous UK and European industry conferences and is a regular speaker on the industry conference circuit. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and is a chartered chemist, chartered scientist and was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation in July 2013.

Clive Mitchell – Head of Training and Assessment

Clive Mitchell

Clive was appointed as Head of Training and Assessment in May 2011.

Clive has over 25 years experience in the road marking industry ranging from hand and machine-laid operative to area supervisor and site agent. He has worked as a trainer, NVQ assessor and assessment centre co-ordinatorand trainee internal verifier. In addition he is a banksman trainer, manual handling trainer and LRQA internal auditor.

Clive wrote the Specialist Apprenticeship Scheme for Road Marking and has been heavily involved in writing the Specialist Apprenticeship Schemes for the Spray Injection Patching Process and High Friction Surfacing. His role is to support and develop a range of standard and bespoke training and assessment services for members. Clive has been instrumental in developing Specialist Up-Skilling programmes (SUP’s) for Surface Dressing, Slurry Surfacings and High Friction Surfacings with the CITB National Specialist Team.

Kathryn McCracken – Administration Manager


Kathy joined RSTA in November 2013 as Administration Manager. Kathy has extensive experience of office administration from working for over 30 years with a number of organisations including the Shropshire Chamber of Industry & Commerce, the British Industrial Fasteners Federation Training Centre and Condover College and also ran her own business for a number of years.

Marianne Singleton – Administration Support and Assessment Centre Co-ordinator


Marianne joined RSTA in February 2015 having previously worked for 20 years in the banking sector in various business support roles for Staffordshire Building Society and the Cooperative Bank. She is a prime point of contact for the RSTA Assessment Centre dealing with NVQ registrations and CSCS cards.

Kevin Pickering – Training and Assessment Manager

Kevin Pickering 29.2.16

Kevin was appointed as Training and Assessment Manager in February 2016.

Kevin has over 35 years experience working in the road maintenance industry. Prior to joining RSTA he worked for Colas Ltd as Contracts Agent organising and overseeing the daily running of the Surface Dressing operations and had previously worked in a similar role for Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services. Earlier roles included Contract Supervisor at South West Tar Distilleries Ltd and as Materials Laboratory Technician for Hampshire County Council. Kevin’s role is to primarily support the provision of training and assessment services for members and also deliver CPD training on RSTA courses.

Sonny Singh – Chairman

Sonny Singh Contracting Director for NuPhalt Ltd was elected RSTA Chairman at the 2016 Annual Conference held at the Belfry Hotel.

Sonny Singh - RSTA Chairman 2016-17