CPA Conference speakers and agenda announced

THE speaker line-up and agenda has been announced for this year’s CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) Conference.

The theme will be ‘Facing the Challenges in the Plant-hire Sector’ when the conference gets underway at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley near Coventry on November 9.

Former BBC news presenter and journalist Merryn Myatt will host four panel debates covering ‘The Plant-hire Sector in 2023’, ‘Fuelling the Future’, ‘Focus on CPA Special Interest Groups and Challenges’ and ‘Combatting Plant Theft and Fraud’ featuring experts from the hire industry.

Panel speakers include Asif Latief (MD, Boels Rental); Mark Anderson (MD North of GAP Group); James Atkinson (VP UK & Europe of Rouse Services); Jim Haigh (chairman/CEO of Eagle Platforms); Joel Babb (Falanx Cyber); Kirsty Archbold-Laming (director of Southern Hoist Services); Adam Nicholson (MD of Eagle Platforms); Alasdair Reisner (chief executive of CECA); Chris Gill (director of L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage); Peter Gibbs (COO of Ainscough Crane Hire); and Kevin Howells (MD of Datatag ID).

CPA chief executive Stu McInroy said, “This year’s conference agenda addresses some of the most important issues faced currently by CPA members and the wider construction industry. Topics such as future fuels and plant theft and fraud are of significant concern to many of our members, and the event will provide delegates an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the challenges they face currently and how they may be addressed.”

The conference will run alongside a small, targeted exhibition. Confirmed exhibitors include Point of Rental Software, Genquip Groundhog, Thomas Group, Nexus Vehicle Rental, Plant Planet, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Capja, MHM Group, Tobin Plant/LiuGong Machinery (UK), NOCN Group, Prolectric, CITB, Rouse Services, Go Plant Ltd and CESAR Powered by Datatag.

Delegate tickets can be booked online at for £75 plus VAT per person including lunch. The event is open to both CPA members and non-members.