AFI names new operations director

By Euan Youdale21 September 2021

One of the UK’s leading powered access specialists, AFI group of companies has announced the appointment of Paul Shipman as operations director for the Un-operated Division - North.

Paul Shipman - AFI group of companies Paul Shipman, operations director for the Un-operated Division - North, AFI

Shipman is long-experienced in the powered access industry. He joined AFI in its early days (2003/2004), where he initially contributed to the setting up and management of AFI Direct, the company’s central hire desk.

After quickly progressing into AFI Group Services and further developing his skills in operational excellence, in 2014 he moved into Wilson Access, the truck and track division to become heavily involved in the growth and development of the Wilson hire operation.

More recently, Shipman has also been integral in the operational management of AFI’s successful Rapid Platforms division.

Nick Higgins, COO, AFI said, “Paul has been with the company for nearly two decades as we have grown from a small business to one of the UK’s leading powered access companies.

“He has a wealth of experience, most recently as the operations manager for the Wilson Truck Mounted Division. He’s also spent a number of years in a senior management position in AFI Group Services, so his knowledge of the company, its processes, and people is extensive.”

Shipman added, “I am looking forward to working with the great set of people we have in the AFI team and supporting them as we come out of what has been a very difficult period for everyone over the last 12-18 months.

“Longer term, as we look to the future, I hope to be an integral part of the AFI management team as the economy recovers, in pushing the company forward whilst maintaining our commitments to Teamwork and Health and Safety.”

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