FLTA appoints new chief executive

Tim Waples

THE Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has appointed Tim Waples as its new chief executive at a crucial time for the industry.

He will join the authority for the supply, servicing and operation of materials handling equipment on March 1. The FLTA said the appointment comes at a time when the recruitment and development of engineers within the fork truck sector has reached “near-crisis point”.

Chairman Duncan Nealon said, “I’m delighted that Tim has accepted the position. He is the perfect fit for our organisation and brings with him a wealth of experience and a truly in-depth knowledge of this industry.

“His experience in developing one of the strongest and most effective dealer networks while at Doosan Industrial Vehicles positions him extremely well for engaging with our membership while his time as president of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) gives him an unrivalled perspective of the wider industry. As a sponsor of the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence for many years Tim has already proved himself a good friend to this association and is a genuine forklift truck man.”

As a member of the BITA Board, where he served two terms as president, the FLTA said Tim was influential in the creation of F-TEC, the forklift industry’s dedicated engineering training centre, created in conjunction with the FLTA itself.

Duncan Nealon added, “Tim is a natural and approachable leader with the ability to galvanise and develop those around him. Comfortable in operating at the highest levels he succeeds in retaining the closest engagement with dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and end-user customers. He brings exceptional commercial experience and expertise to the post in what looks certain to mark a new era of growth for the association.”