Jeff Brundell has resigned as a Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) board director.
Former Manitowoc man Brundell was a driving force in CICA and the CraneSafe programme for many years and is widely recognised as a legend of the Australian crane industry, CICA said. His contribution includes more than 25 years in total on the CICA Board and he was CraneSafe co-ordinator and director from 2008. Brundell was president of the association twice, from 1994 to 1996 and from 2002 to 2004. Awarded the Con Popov Award in 2003, he was made a CICA Life Member in 2011 and was mentor to Brandon Hitch (CraneSafe engineer, general manager and Brundell's successor) from 2011.
“Jeff's resignation from the CICA Board is a huge milestone,” remarked Alan Marshall, CICA chief executive officer. “Jeff’s contribution, strength and leadership to progress CraneSafe and CICA over many years may never be fully appreciated,” Marshall continued. “In recent years Jeff has been devoted to developing and overseeing the CraneSafe programme and CICA, and most weeks has spent many hours in the role, whether via phone, email or at face to face meetings.”
“Jeff's departure will leave a significant gap in our organisation as he is irreplaceable. Jeff has voluntarily chosen this time to step down from the board and, along with the board, should take great comfort that CICA has put in place a strong succession plan with Brandon Hitch as the general manager of CraneSafe,” added Marshall. “On behalf of the board, members and staff, I thank Jeff for his enormous contributions and support to progress our industry. As a CICA Life Member and industry expert we look forward to his ongoing industry participation.”
John Gillespie, CICA president, commented, “As members will know, I have worked closely with Jeff for many years to progress CICA and CraneSafe, along with many others, and I wish to fully support and publicly thank and recognise Jeff for his wonderful efforts on the CICA Board.
“While we may not always agree with Jeff, no one can doubt that he has been a strong and influential contributor; and that Jeff has been a major factor in CICA’s and CraneSafe’s ongoing success. Thank you Jeff,” Gillespie continued.
Brundell has been invited to attend the CICA 2013 Conference in Hobart, to allow the members to further recognise and thank him for his significant role in representing and progressing CICA and the industry over many years, CICA said.