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 2020, please contact Nanette Woodman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The jury for Awards 2019 is:
Managing Director MSM DRH Limited
Alan joined MSM as an apprentice engineer over 30 years ago and has spent his entire career within the forklift industry. Known for his depth of knowledge, straight-talking and honesty, he became Managing Director of MSM after being instrumental in securing a management buyout in 2007.
Highly motivated and an instinctive entrepreneur, he has shaped MSM to become a successful, modern, independent materials handling company. Offering high-quality products and service, while embracing best practice, MSM was honoured with FLTA Dealer of the Year 2018.
Technical Engineering Manager, Transmon Engineering Limited
Pete began his career as an apprentice with Rolls Royce. Since then, he has gathered a huge amount of experience as a toolmaker and process engineer in the automotive industry, working with the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford, Nissan, Massy Ferguson, and more.
As Technical Engineering Manager, Pete works alongside the Managing Director to design and create new products for the forklift safety market as well as managing the team of field engineers on a day to day basis. He is also responsible for the design and installation of custom and large-scale projects from inception through to delivery.
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)
Head of UK Rental, Dealer & Used Equipment, Crown Lift Trucks Limited
With management postings in Australia, Thailand and now the United Kingdom, there is a decidedly international flavour to Guy’s 20+ year materials handling career,
A graduate of University of Technology - Sydney, Guy started out as a Rental Sales Cadet before progressing through the ranks of State, National and General Management.
Over the past decade, Guy has developed a keen interest in asset management and cost-of-sales containment. At the same time, he is working with customers to promote compliance, proactive fleet management, safety, tailored power solutions and overall good practice. All this has lead to him holding a global reputation as a rental operation specialist.
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.
Senior Operations Manager, Windsor Materials Handling
Steve Collins has over 40 years’ experience in the MHE sector, dealing with some of the UK’s largest fleet users, and helping to develop procedures and systems to fulfil the requirements of today’s modern logisticians.
Over almost three decades at Linde Material Handling, covering a variety of roles, Steve became general manager of the contracts department, overseeing over 10,000 pieces of equipment.
As general manager at Watts Industrial Tyres, he was responsible for all 25 depots and 125 staff, before eight years at Rushlift. Initially joining as operations manager for the southern region, Steve became operations manager for the Saint-Gobain contract, one of the largest MHE deals ever seen and one which had a transformational effect on the business.
For the past two and a half years, Steve has applied his expertise to supplying infrastructure support for Windsor Materials Handling as senior operations manager. The rapidly expanding business is the UK’s largest independent provider of MHE and deals with a host of brands, product types and equipment – giving Steve a unique perspective on equipment efficacy and utility.
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.
UK Head of Technical Team, STILL Materials Handling
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Permatt Fork Trucks Limited
Mark started his career as an apprentice engineer following a sharp exit from school. Spending time on customer’s premises whilst training allowed him to understand the business from their perspective from the early days. He recognised the need for logistics expertise alongside engineering excellence which would improve the service and believed he could deliver an agile and responsive business if he combined the two.
He took over his father’s business with one hire truck, and built it to what it is today, a multi-disciplinary, sales, service and hire organisation with over 500 units in the fleet, covering regional and national accounts.
Permatt is the largest independent fork lift truck in the North East, with depots in Newcastle, Penrith and Middlesbrough.
Mark’s passion for the industry has ensured his ongoing commitment to investing in his team and to a long-term apprenticeship programme. He is keen to continue his work with education providers to encourage more talent into the industry and ensure it has a sustainable future.
Area Sales Manager, Abbey Attachments
Nicky has been working within the materials handling industry for over 11 years, originally working for and setting up RAVAS UK Ltd, and now working for Abbey Attachments as Area Sales Manager covering the South UK.
Liaising with management and drivers to improve their company processes, logistics and safety, through the sales of RAVAS mobile weighing equipment, Orlaco cameras and Kooi reachforks, Nicky possesses extensive knowledge of the materials handling world and its applications.