Ing. Noble John Appiah takes office as the Chief Executive Officer of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) following recent changes announced by the Flagstaff house. He assumes this role with over thirty (30) years’ experience in the road transport industry. He has served in varied roles in both state and private sector organisations.
Prior to this appointment, Noble has held various Corporate Executive roles including: Technical Services Manager, Farmers Services Co Ltd, Bolgatanga-Upper East 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.
Noble was Managing Director for 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, due to his sterling leadership.
For a decade, Noble survived regime changes to serve as Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission. At the NRSC, he transformed the Commission into a proactive and data-led public agency that developed a road safety management model. This model became the reference for Africa and developing economies and earned him an historic invitation to the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
Until recently, he was the Managing Director of the Metro Mass Transit Ltd, the largest bus operator in the country. He initiated and led the development and launching of the first five year strategic plan to grow the company, increased profitability, market share and enhanced customer service. During his tenure the company’s operating profit for 2014 grew by 100%. Noble, is a professional engineer, a chartered transportant and road traffic safety practitioner. He graduated in transport engineering at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering, UK and Postgraduate studies at the University of London in 1983. He has undertaken Advanced General and Executive Management training in Japan, UK and 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.
He has delivered international papers at the George Washington University, Seattle, USA; World Roads Congress, France; Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigeria; in South Africa; at the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, New York; and the World Bank, Washington DC.