Board Members

President: Andrew Woodward
Chairman: Duncan Nealon
Vice-Chairman: Stuart Taylor

Derek Anderson
Zoe Ferriday
Martyn Fletcher
Prospero Girardi
Derek Martin
Geoff Martin
Paul Saunders

Andrew Woodward - President

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 Nealon - Chairman

Duncan is the co-founder of, the UK’s leading online marketplace of new and used forklift trucks.

Prior to this, Duncan was Managing Director of Bendigo Mitchell before selling the business to Impact Handling in 2017. Duncan’s career in forklift trucks started in the 1990s when he helped in the yard at Bendigo Mitchell before running the service desk. He then moved to Switzerland to work for Komatsu dealer, 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.

Stuart Taylor

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.

Derek Anderson

The Operations Director for the industrial division of ECOBAT Technologies, Derek started his career in the industrial battery business as a field engineer in 1983.

In 1996, he used his extensive knowledge and expertise to set up PowerCell Industrial Battery Engineers. As Managing Director, he acquired and amalgamated Pb Batteries (South East) and Motive Power Services, and made Powercell the UK's leading industrial battery servicing company. The business was acquired by ECOBAT Technologies in 2014.

Zoe Ferriday

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 Fletcher

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.

Prospero Girardi

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."

Derek Martin

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 Martin

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.

Paul Saunders

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.”