From left: new chairman Andy Martin, his predecessor Adrian Watts, and HAE EHA managing director Gra

From left: new chairman Andy Martin, his predecessor Adrian Watts, and HAE EHA managing director Graham Arundell.

Andy Martin, managing director of Scotland-based Martin Plant Hire, is the new chairman of the Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA).

Mr Martin was announced as successor to Adrian Watts at last week’s HAE EHA Hire Convention, which took place in the midlands and attracted speakers including Magnus Rosén of Ramirent and Jo Bamford of JCB.

The new chairman said: “It is a great privilege to take on the chairmanship of HAE EHA, working with fellow board members, the wider membership and managing director Graham Arundell and his staff team. I want to thank Adrian for his work on behalf of the hire sector and his commitment to help drive change.

“I am determined to see a stronger voice for independent hirers within the association and, also to have better information about the sector and what we are contributing as this will strengthen our influencing and awareness activities. All in all, there is an exciting and full agenda ahead."

Adrian Watts, the immediate past-chairman, now succeeds Kevin McGuinness as honorary president

Mr Watts said: “I wish Andy all the best in chairing the HAE EHA Board and working with Graham in speaking up for the hire sector. I am very grateful for the support of members and the association team during my time in office and to Kevin for taking on the role as president for the past four years.”

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