Meet the Jury

The FLTA Awards for Excellence jury, comprised of materials handling experts, ensures that the hotly-contested Archie statuettes are awarded to the most deserving products and services. If you would like to be considered for a place on the jury for the Awards for Excellence 2019, please contact Peter Harvey (

The jury for Awards 2018 is:

Richard Bonser

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 more than 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. 

Paul Brierley

Managing Director, Eastern Forklift Trucks Ltd

Paul has been supplying MHE equipment to hundreds of customers across East Anglia for over 20 years.

Starting his career as an apprentice with Lancer Boss, Paul has gone on to build two fork truck dealerships from the ground up. The first, Genesis Forklift Trucks, was bought by Doosan in 2011. Started 5 years ago, his current business, Eastern Forklift Trucks, is based in Bury St Edmunds, and boasts a team of 20 staff, and a turnover in excess of £4m.

Paul Buckoke

UK Development Manager, Jungheinrich

Paul has worked in a variety of roles across a range of materials handling companies. Originally a draftsman, his first MH role was as a project manager of warehouse systems for Lancer Boss. He then spent 21 years at Nissan Forklift as an Operations/Dealer Manager, before spending 2 years setting up Hyundai’s UK dealer network. Today, he is the UK Dealer Development Manager for Jungheinrich.

Paul holds a range of professional qualifications, including: HNC Mechanical engineering, City & Guilds full Craft and Technicians Certificate, Professional qualification LCGI (Licenceship of the City and Guilds Institute)

Andy Cartwright

Technical Manager, Mentor

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 experience and brings more than 30 years’ practical experience of fork lift truck operations to the jury.

In his current role, Andy, a Chartered Member of IOSH and AITT-registered fork lift 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.

Ian Chapman

Director, N.D.L.T. Corby

Ian is perhaps the most experienced judge on the panel. With a career spanning four decades, he began his career as an apprentice at Coventry Climax Ltd. In 1977. He then spent two years working as a Yale forklifts salesman and a further two years as a depot manager for a dealer in Northants.

Along with his late business partner, Charlie Singleton, Ian founded N D Lift Trucks in 1988.Today, the business has 10 employees and a turn-over of £1m+.

Simon Duddy

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.

Five years ago, Simon launched the Safer Logistics Campaign to boost health and safety awareness in the industry.

Mark Edginton

UK Head of Technical Team, STILL

Having always had a personal interest in engineering, Mark started his career as a motor vehicle mechanic. However, he soon moved over to the FLT industry and has been with STILL UK for nearly 20 years.

During this time he has performed a number of roles, working his way through the different elements of the business and, ultimately, being appointed The UK Technical Department Manager in 2015.

Stewart Gosling

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

Steven Higgins

Manager, Vitacress

Steven is a professionally registered Engineer and Safety Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in the Marine and Facilities industry. His career has focused on the through-life safety management of products and services.

Steven strongly advocates the importance of understanding the potential safety impacts at the very start of any project and, where possible, designing them out. Residual hazards can have varying impacts on both personnel and the environment, and these have to be understood and managed effectively by the end users. 

Simon Manasseh

Head of After Sales, Hiremech

After starting his career in farm machinery, as a mobile engineer, Simon moved into sales - working for manufacturers of farm and construction machinery, and industrial forklifts. He has held senior management positions, both in the UK and overseas, which has given him an in-depth understanding of products, as well as customers.
As well as serving as Managing Director of Ugandan Caterpillar dealer Mantrac for a year, he spent three years overseeing Southern European (Turkey, Israel, Greece, Cyprus and Albania) operations for JCB.   In 2012, Simon completed his MBA at the University of Bath. Currently, he is the Head of After Sales for Hiremech, London's Caterpillar forklift dealer.

Duncan Nealon

Director, Bendigo Mitchell Ltd

With more than 20 years' industry experience, Duncan, who is the Chairman of the Fork Lift Truck Association, brings with him an in-depth understanding of fork lift trucks. He started his career at the very bottom - cleaning trucks at Bendigo Mitchell in the mid-Nineties - before being promoted to run the company's service desk.
From there, he moved to Switzerland to work for Komatsu dealer Neuwerth Logistics. After a Business and French degree, he joined globally-renowned advertising agency McCann Ericksom as Head of Research and Insight. In 2009, Duncan returned to Bendigo Mitchell, before assuming the role of Managing Director the following year.

Nicky Whittle

Country Manager, RAVAS UK Ltd

Nicky started working for RAVAS UK 10 years ago, building up the business and contacts, introducing new products to the market and developing the mobile weighing industry in the UK.

Liaising with management and drivers to improve their company processes, logistics and safety, through mobile weighing, Nicky possesses extensive knowledge of the materials handling world and its applications. 

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