Lifting Equipment Engineers Association Names New Chair & 2020 Initiatives

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association has announced that Richard Money (pictured above) has been named its new Chair from January 2020, taking over from Paul Fulcher, with Kat Moss of Catena replacing Money as Vice Chair.

"At the end of 2019, as we reflected on our 75-year history and how far we have come, it is clear that LEEA is an association in a great place. But, in taking on the role of Chair of LEEA for the next two years, I am particularly excited about the future – not only to improve ‘business as usual,’ but also in developing new initiatives. LEEA’s leadership team is looking to deliver more training, shorten the waiting time for exam results, conduct more meaningful audits, and provide even better levels of technical support," says Money.

LEEA’s member will likely know about its work to develop the Lifting Apprenticeship in England, which is expected to go ‘live’ in 2020. This will form the basis for rolling out similar pathways across the globe.

The association’s first Think Lifting film, created to encourage young recruits into the sector, has received a "tremendous response", according to the association, and a second instalment is due to be launched in February.

The same month will see the launch of the LEEA App, which will give the association better and more direct means to share information and insight with its members.

The military transition project, which has been successfully piloted in the U.K. during 2019, is ready for full roll out in 2020. Relationships have been established and LEEA currently in discussions with military partners about a tie up at LiftEx in October. This will see military leaders attending the show to meet exhibitors and discuss career developments.

A further result of listening to our members is a brand new idea: the launch in 2020 of the association’s first Global Awareness Day. LEEA and its members will flood social media with adverts, films and case studies that highlight to end users the importance of high quality lifting equipment partners. This is a prime example of how LEEA is working for its members and is reaching out to end-users.

There will also be a roll out in 2020 of the new process for joining the association. This will be important for maintaining the value of the LEEA logo, the association says. The association is in discussions with international partners to increase levels of collaborative working. In addition, LEEA is conducting a full-scale review of how the association can have greater impact globally.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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