Meet the Jury
The FLTA Awards for Excellence rewards those who have pioneered and innovated: overcoming a host of challenges to make lifting operations more productive, environmentally friend and safer.
Our jury of materials handling experts has been selected to ensure that the hotly-contested Archie statuettes are awarded to the most deserving products and services.
Technical Manager, Mentor FLT Training Ltd
Following a military career serving with the British Army in the Royal Corps of Signals, Andy has worked as a forklift truck instructor and training manager for employers and manufacturers – instructing delegates on their use around the globe.
A member of the AITT Standards Committee, the AITT Council and IPAF’s International Training Committee, he is well-respected in the industry for his expertise and brings more than 30 years’ practical experience of fork lift truck operations to the Jury.
In his current role, Andy, a IIAI Lead Investigator and AITT-registered fork lift truck instructor, develops and designs courses across a range of workplace transport equipment – for managers, operators and colleagues working alongside them. In addition, Andy advises on updates and legislative changes and works closely with customers to solve problems and identify training solutions.
Founder/Managing Director, Allways Forktruck Services Ltd
Entering the industry at 16 with a technical apprenticeship, Andrew has formal qualifications in mechanical engineering. During a career which spans more than 40 years, he has practical experience of a range of areas from engineering, product design and technical support to sales and management.
Andrew enjoys hands-on involvement with engineering He likes finding out what things are, how they operate and why they work. In particular, he’s interested in seeing how effective and durable it is for its intended market.
National Operations Manager, Briggs Equipment UK
Worked in the industry for more than 24-years, Dean has worked in a broad spectrum of sales and operational roles at senior level. He is recognised at the House of Lords as a Fellow of the Institute of Couriers and is a residing judge for the National Courier Awards.
Dean’s a firm believer in developing innovation and process improvements and thrives on extending his knowledge, support and dedication across wider industry sectors.
Logistics Support Manager Hereford, Heineken UK
Graham has worked in drinks manufacturing for nearly 30 years and has specialised in brewery logistics for the past 6. He has a dedicated approach to improving employee safety through basic and innovative approaches to training and skills development and has committed to the successful establishment of safe practices in the UK and other global Heineken sites.
Graham’s team was highly commended by the FLTA in 2015. Not one to rest on his laurels, Graham is the proud recipient of the FLTA Safe Site Award 2016 for developing the “Perfect Forklift Experience”.
Sales and Marketing Director, Narrow Aisle Flexi
With more than 30 years of industry experience – including several senior posts – John is a well-known figure in the materials handling industry; widely respected for his expertise in warehouse system design. Having completed a mechanical handling degree, John has been involved in product development strategy, distribution, sales and service in the UK and across a number of other key European territories.
In his current role, John has overseen a significant increase in sales of the company’s Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions both in the UK and throughout the world. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, John served as Chairman of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association from 2011 and 2015 and remains a board member.
Mike Barton MILT
Managing Director, B & B Attachments Ltd
With a career spanning five decades, Mike has an in-depth understanding of the materials handling industry. As a young apprentice in 1965, he became interested in hydraulic attachments and it has been his passion since.
With first-hand experience of their design, manufacture and specification, Mike has expert knowledge of the full range of attachments available on the market and the industries they serve, such as brick and block.
Managing Director, Acclaim Handling Ltd
With formal mechanical engineering training, Richard brings more than 25 years’ experience to the Jury. The managing director of Acclaim Handling Ltd for nearly 10 years, Richard also has experience in technical project engineering and factory management.
An excellent leader and motivational manager, Richard is good communicator at all levels. And thanks to his fantastic eye for detail, he is very technically focused.
Managing Director, Translift Bendi Ltd
Simon grew up in an environment of forklift design and manufacturing, so understands all-too-well what inspires FLTA Awards Finalists. And through his three decades working in the industry, he also understands what customers want and need.
As a winner of the 2015 FLTA Innovation Award, Simon is passionate about the design and creation of innovative space-saving products and solutions which can deliver benefits to a wide range of applications and industries.
Editor, Handling & Storage Solutions (HSS)
Simon is the editor of Handling & Storage Solutions, the longstanding media partner of the FLTA Awards for Excellence. A technical writer and B2B magazine editor for more than 15 years, he has edited Handling & Storage Solutions – the industry’s highest circulation magazine with 16,000 ABC audited readers – for seven years, covering forklifts, materials handling and logistics.
Four years ago, Simon launched the Safer Logistics Campaign to boost health and safety awareness in the industry.
Business Manager, Tailift UK (wholly owned by Windsor Materials Handling Ltd.)
Steven has formal qualifications in Design & Production Engineering and Business Management. With over 30 years’ experience working for major OEMs in in the MHE sector his roles have covered product design and quality management and territory management in product, technical and aftermarket roles.
Passionate about all aspects of safety and the interface between operator and machine, Steven has always kept close to the product and has a wealth of field experience, successfully providing innovative / bespoke solutions.
UK Sales Manager, Red Diamond Distribution
An engineer with formal mechanical and electrical engineering qualifications, Stewart has a near encyclopaedic knowledge of lift truck specifications. With an interest in engines, transmissions and differentials, Stewart has worked with trucks both out in and out of the field.
Moving into sales, Stewart has worked with a vast range of customers, industries and applications. For the past decade, he has specialised in dealer management and currently looks after all of the UK Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks dealer network.
Engineering Manager, J C Bamford Excavators Ltd
Victoria has over sixteen years’ engineering experience in the fields of manufacturing, design and machinery legislation. A formally qualified product designer and engineer, she has spent the past six years focusing on industrial and variable reach trucks.
A specialist in standards and legislation, her extensive design and mechanical engineering experience means she can understand the practicalities and limitations of machinery technology on a regional level, as well as its potential future developments both at home and abroad.