FTA Van Excellence has appointed Julie Davies as the chairman of its governance group.
Made up of van operators, the independent governance group steers the Van Excellence scheme by providing advice regarding standards and integrity of the industry.
Davies, fleet and plant compliance manager at Amey, has been a member of the group since it was formed in 2010.
She said: "I am delighted to be taking over as chairman of the governance group, and am particularly honoured to be the first woman to do so.
"The FTA's Van Excellence initiative is an industry-conceived and industry-led initiative, introduced to demonstrate that operators of all sizes can work together to put safety first and to encourage, inspire and mandate higher standards for the public good of the van industry."
Mark Cartwright, head of vans at FTA, added: "Van Excellence is truly by the industry, for the industry.
"The governance group is made up of operators at the helm, and is a great example of how the industry best works together sharing and encouraging sound operational practices.
“Julie has been involved with the scheme since it was first introduced.
"She has extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in working with other operators to raise standards.
"Julie is the perfect choice as chairman of the group and I would like to congratulate and thank her for agreeing to take up the role.”