Formed in 1972, the Fork Lift Truck Association is the most representative body of its kind in Europe.
It exists to maintain and raise standards in the materials handling industry. In doing so, it helps in protecting the interests of consumers as well as enhancing both safety and productivity in the workplace.
Because FLTA members have access to the latest Health and Safety information and meet a stringent Code of Practice, they operate to a higher standard… which is reflected in a better service – and peace of mind – for their customers.
The FLTA represents companies of every size, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, dealers and suppliers of ancillary equipment and services. Membership is open to all of these – on condition that they meet the required standards and agree to abide by the Association’s rigorous Code of Practice. The FLTA also operates a Safe User Group that meets the specific needs of end users such as owners and drivers.
Members of the Fork Lift Truck Association benefit from a range of services designed to take their companies to a higher level in terms of improving efficiency, meeting legislation and ensuring safety. They also gain the right to use the Fork Lift Truck Association membership marque – recognised by customers as symbolising professionalism, competence and integrity.
For members, the initial value of joining the FLTA has been calculated at more than £20,000 with annual deliverables worth many thousands of pounds – and yet the subscription is just a few hundred pounds.
To consumers, the FLTA marque is a guarantee of quality: a reassurance that the member company has up-to-date knowledge of Health and Safety regulations, works to the highest standards and adheres to nationally agreed principles. Dealing exclusively with FLTA members doesn’t cost customers a penny more but can save them a fortune.
The FLTA Team
Chief Executive Tim Waples is one of the best respected figures in the materials handling industry, bringing a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge to the post.
Comfortable operating at the highest levels he is a natural and approachable leader with the ability to galvanise and develop those around him.
With a lifetime of practical, commercial and strategic experience he has a singular understanding not only of those who sell, service and manufacture forklift trucks but also those who buy and operate them.
A true forklift truck man, he began his career as an apprentice, rising through the ranks to become Chief Executive of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd, where he created one of the UK’s strongest and most effective dealer networks.
Formerly a key member of the BITA Board he achieved the rare distinction of serving a second term as President.
Your first point of contact at the FLTA, Nanette joined the Association in 2016.
Her deep understanding of business operations, and extensive prior experience in sales, administration and accounts, makes her more than qualified to assist Members and the public with any queries they might have.
With a strong work ethic and a commitment to achieving results – for both the organisation and its members – Nanette is a significant addition to the FLTA staff.
A Chartered Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and ISO 9001:2015 lead auditor, Lee joins the Association following a distinguished career of aircraft engineering management in the Royal Air Force. There, he acquired a wealth of experience in continuous improvement, quality, health and safety activities – knowledge invaluable to his role with the FLTA.
Lee is responsible for auditing members of the Association and measuring their compliance to the membership criteria, Code of Practice, statutory and regulatory requirements. He also strives to offer examples of best practice and highlight opportunities for improvement.
Crucially, Lee provides a key communication channel, consulting with members to understand their views, and making certain the Association’s policies and initiatives continue to maximise the benefits of membership.
Andrew is Head of Material Handling at Investec Asset Finance. He leads a team of 5, who are specialists in the materials handling sector with over 100 years’ combined experience.
The six strong team moved to Investec in January 2014, having previously set up a materials handling division at a previous financial institution.
Andrew builds strong, long lasting relationships and utilises his extensive industry knowledge to help provide market leading service and expertise to the sector.
Duncan has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Duncan’s career in forklift trucks started in 1990s when he helped in the yard at Bendigo Mitchell before taking on control of their service desk. He then moved to Switzerland to work for the largest dealer in Switzerland, Neuwerth Logistics.
After completing a Business and French degree, Duncan joined the globally-renowned advertising agency McCann Erickson as their Head of Research and Insight. Returning to Bendigo Mitchell in 2009, he assumed the role of MD shortly after. Duncan sold Bendigo Mitchell to Impact Handling in 2017 and has since focused his time running his Marketing Insight agency, Two Ears One Mouth, alongside a consultancy with used van marketplace, Van Now.
Stuart is Managing Director of Mentor FLT Training, the UK’s leading provider of nationwide materials handling, workplace transport and safety management training.
Stuart’s background encompasses years of experience in sales, service and management, predominantly within the logistics and supply chain industries. He joined Mentor in 2013 to develop a range of performance and risk management courses which now form a key part of Mentor’s portfolio, enabling customers to maximise productivity, reduce risk and become more profitable.
A firm advocate for improving safety standards within the industry, Stuart frequently delivers presentations and seminars on reducing risk and the practical, legal and financial benefits of a safe workforce at health and safety events across the UK.
Having entered the materials handling industry as a salesman, before becoming a depot manager, Adam made the decision to step out on his own and set up Spartan Forklifts in 2009.
The company has grown over the years, driven by Adam’s commitment to delivering outstanding levels of service and support to every customer — whether they have 1 truck or 100.
“In setting up Spartan Forklifts I wanted to raise standards locally. Becoming a member of the FLTA Board takes those aspirations up a level. If I can provide any kind of new idea or suggestion that assists the Association in its aims, helps other dealerships like mine, and supports the continuation of high standards, I’ve done my job.”
Zoe has been in the fork lift industry since 1998. In that time, she has gained extensive knowledge from a host of diverse aspects: driver training, hire, sales, and managing a team of engineers. However her main areas of expertise are in forklift fleet management, managing teams and developing personnel, accounts and quality systems.
“I have a passion for the apprentice programme for both engineers and business and it has been a proven success at HFT with a quarter of the workforce made up of apprentices past and present.“
Martyn’s great wealth of experience and knowledge make him a strong addition to the Association.
The Managing Director of Forkway, one of the founder members of the FLTA, his extensive career in the materials handling industry has previously seen him work as a Warehouse Estate Manager and Sales Director.
In 2002 Martyn was asked to serve on the FLTA Board and, in 2009, became Chairman – subsequently being elected President in 2013. In 2015 he joined the Board of BITA Academy – today, known as F-TEC, The Forklift Training Engineering Centre.
Co-founder and Managing Director of Hitec Lift Trucks, Prospero started in the lift truck industry at the age of 16 as an apprentice engineer for a local materials handling company and rose through the ranks to become a senior technician.
In setting up Hitec Lift Trucks, he took advantage of being bi-lingual and created good working relationships with manufactures in Italy and, 30 years on, still represents many Italian brands here in the UK.
“One of my key attributes is being able to manage people. I am still very much involved with the day to day running of the business and specialise in the buying and selling of the equipment.“
Managing Director of Champion Materials Handling, Derek is one of the country’s most experienced fork lift truck specialists with a formidable 42 years’ experience within the industry.
He joined the fork lift fraternity in 1972 working for Montgomerie Reid Ltd after a two-year stint in the RAF.
Derek stayed with Monty Reid until 1978 when he moved briefly to Crown Lift Trucks and then Lansing Bagnall, leaving the latter before the firm was acquired by Linde AG in 1989.
He then worked for Associated Handling Ltd for almost 12 years before he took a deep breath and founded Champion Materials Handling by himself in January 1995.
Geoff has sat on the Association’s board since 2009 and, in that time, has served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman.
A director of Jofson Limited, he has worked in the materials handling industry for more than two decades and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role on the board.
In addition to his important FLTA role, Geoff is also Chairman of Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS), the joint-venture of the FLTA and BITA, to create a national standard of Thorough Examination.
Having gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster University, Paul joined a leading subcontractor to the aerospace industry where, within 3 years, he progressed from graduate trainee to engineering manager. Since joining the family business in 1993, Paul has built Abbey Attachments into one of the UK’s best respected suppliers of new and used attachments.
“My main focus will be upon new developments in the area of health and safety. Increasing efficiency and boosting productivity are important… but enhancing safety is paramount, especially if it helps safeguard pedestrians.”