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 2021, please contact Nanette Woodman (email@example.com)
The jury for Awards 2020 is:
Managing Director, ELOKON Group
Alexander has over 25 years of logistics and electronics experience and joined ELOKON - which develops and supplies safety and assistance systems for forklift trucks, AGVs, AMRs and cobots - in 2016. He has led the company’s strategic global expansion and initiated the recent establishment of its US subsidiary in Atlanta.
He is a regular speaker at trade fairs and events in Germany, the USA and the UK on topics such as how digitisation and autonomous vehicle technology can drive product development of industrial vehicles for a safer warehouse environment. He also serves on the Supervisory board of a German automotive retail company.
Before joining ELOKON, Alexander worked for nine years for a NASDAQ listed supply chain solutions company, in his most recent role as Managing Director overseeing its European and UK business.
He attended Stanford University (in the US) and INSEAD in France where he gained a BA in Economics and an MBA respectively as well as fluency in other languages apart from his native German. He is based at ELOKON’s Global Headquarters near Hamburg, Germany.
MSc IEng MIET FCMI
David is the Technical Manager of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and chairman of the European Committee on Industrial Truck Safety, CEN/TC150. He is also UK lead for activities within the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Industrial Trucks, ISO/TC110, and is active in all of the associated working groups developing standards.
An important part of David’s role at BITA is building on our historically strong links with partner associations around the world, for instance, representing the UK’s technical interests at the European trade association for the materials handling industry, FEM. He is proud to have imported the National Forklift Safety Day initiative from our US colleagues the ITA.
Before joining BITA, David was Technical Director at UK designers and manufacturers of standard and bespoke lifting, handling and manoeuvring solutions, Advanced Handling Ltd. Prior to this he was Technical Director of specialist hydraulic equipment manufacturer Ram Power Ltd.
Technical Manager, Mentor Training
Following a military career serving with the British Army in the Royal Corps of Signals, Andy has worked as a forklift truck and access equipment instructor and training manager for employers and manufacturers (including Safeway, Sainsburys and JLG) – instructing delegates on their use around the globe.
A member of the AITT Standards Committee, the AITT Council as well as a Registered AITT Instructor and having spent 2 years on IPAF’s International Training Committee, he is well-respected in the industry and has more than 30 years’ practical experience.
In his current role, Andy, a Chartered Member of IOSH, a Member of the Institute of Industrial Accident Investigators as well as a Member of the International Institute of Risk Safety Managers and an instructor examiner and senior instructor for IPAF, writes and designs courses across a range of workplace transport equipment – for managers, operators, colleagues and various accrediting bodies.
Andy has recently been involved with the Accrediting Bodies Association looking at the standardisation of testing standards.
In addition, Andy advises on updates and legislative changes and works closely with customers to solve problems and identify training solutions. He has been used by the HSE as an expert witness.
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.