Stuart Hopkins, former director of training, PASMA.

Stuart Hopkins, former director of training, PASMA.

Stuart Hopkins has retired as director of training from mobile tower association PASMA.

Mr Hopkins has been instrumental in developing and introducing a range of training courses considered to be the industry standard in the UK and increasingly internationally. More than 70,000 PASMA PhotoCards are now issued annually, compared with 45000 in 2008.

Before joining PASMA in 2008, Mr Hopkins was group senior trainer at HSS Hire Group, having held various positions including branch manager, area manager and national training manager for the specialist lifting division.

He holds the certificate in training practice from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the RoSPA safety instructor’s certificate and was chair of the IPAF training committee, 2004-2005.

“I have been fortunate enough to work for two of the leading organisations in the work at height sector,” said Mr Hopkins. “Over the years, the support and advice of my many colleagues has been invaluable in helping to improve height safety and keep people safe.”

“I must also acknowledge the many PASMA members who have contributed their knowledge and expertise through the various committees of which it has been my pleasure to serve.”

Peter Bennett PASMA’s managing director said, “Stuart has made a major contribution to the progress and expansion of the association. His training role has been pivotal to the success of PASMA.”

“On a personal note I would like to thank him for his commitment and dedication to the work of the association, its members, Council and committees over many years. We will miss his wisdom and wit!”

PASMA offers nine training courses covering everything from the essentials of working at height and low level access, to advanced courses such as Towers on Stairs and Towers with Cantilevers.

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