New Board Members for IPAF

Ben Hirst and Julie Houston Smyth

THE INTERNATIONAL POWERED Access Federation (IPAF) has brought in two new board members.

Julie Houston Smyth, Director of LOLEX Ltd and Ben Hirst, Managing Director of Horizon Platforms join the board alongside recent recruit Pedro Torres, CEO of RIwal.

The additions mean the number of people around the Federation’s boardroom table now stands at ten.

Ben Hirst is the founder and Managing Director of Horizon Platforms, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said: “I’ve been involved with IPAF for more than a decade now; it’s an incredibly worthwhile organisation helping make our industry safer and ensuring people go home safely at the end of the day after operating MEWPs or MCWPs to work at height.

“When the chance came to step up and become a member of the IPAF Board, it was a real honour.

“I look forward to working with my energetic and enthusiastic colleagues to further the Federation’s aims and ambitions, especially in providing insight into the challenges faced by SME providers of access services.”

Julie Houston Smyth was previously a Director of Highway Plant Co in Belfast, but earlier this year she embarked on a new venture, LOLEX Ltd, a specialist independent service, maintenance and consultancy firm.

Julie Houston Smyth, Director at LOLEX,  said: “It is a real honour to have been offered this opportunity. I’m excited to be joining the Board of the Federation and look forward to making a difference in the future of the wider powered access industry.

“I hope that every IPAF member – particularly the smaller companies – will feel they are represented on this board.”

Welcome additions

Norty Turner, IPAF’s President, said: “With almost 1,500 members around the world now, IPAF is truly an international organisation. We warmly welcome Ben, Julie and Pedro to the board, as each brings valuable knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit the Federation as we plot our course for the next several years and beyond.

“All of them are powered access specialists, with their own unique expertise of the sector garnered over many years working in the industry. Each has been involved with IPAF, dedicating their time and expertise to the cause for many years now, and we will benefit even further from their acumen as they will be part of setting the direction and strategy of IPAF as board members.”




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