Speakers confirmed for IPAF Summit

By Euan Youdale20 February 2020


The first speakers have been confirmed for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Summit, to be held in London, UK, on 23 April 2020.

The event and the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) presentation dinner on the same day are both on course to sell out in record time. Held in conjunction with KHL Group, the annual IPAF Summit & IAPAs is a highlight of the worldwide powered access events calendar. This year the event returns to the UK for the first time since 2017 and will be at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington.

The overall theme of the conference is Safety in a Changing World. As we face generational change in the workforce, rapidly evolving technology affecting learning and machinery, the climate crisis and globalisation of standards, how can our industry ensure safety while navigating such challenges? Speakers include representatives from the powered access industry and health & safety bodies; their presentations will address these topics and provoke debate on the key issues facing powered access.

Among those speakers confirmed in the programme so far are: Bob Whitfield, formerly of the Disney Corporation, will present an insight into the way Disney uses access equipment on site; Tim Morris of JLG will talk about advancing technology and sustainability; and Dr Shaun Lundy, Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register and Visiting Scholar at the University of Greenwich, will talk on the safety implications of a changing workforce.

Oana Samoila, Marketing and Sales Specialist at Bravi Platforms, will speak about on how to build ’safety storytelling’ into the narrative of the brand, and Suzannah Nicol, Chief Executive of Build UK, is also among the first confirmed speakers.

IAPAs 2019 Dubai shortlist announcement

Karel Huijser, JLG general manager and VP EAME, at the IAPAs 2019 in Dubai.

In the evening of the IPAF Summit, a gala dinner will be held to celebrate the winners of the IAPAs. The independent panel of five judges met in London this month to draw up the shortlist for each award, wkhhc has now been published.

The day after the Summit, there will be a limited number of places on an informative powered-access site visit, with details yet to be confirmed.

Peter Douglas, CEO & MD of IPAF, who will host the IPAF Summit programme, says: “We have a really engaging line-up of speakers, addressing all of the key issues facing our industry today.

“At the same time, and with the IAPAs category shortlists now confirmed, people are showing great enthusiasm to be part of this event and places are booking up more quickly than ever before. I urge anyone hoping to join us in London in April to reserve their place without delay, as we anticipate that the event is set to be completely sold out very soon.”

To find out more about the next IPAF Summit & IAPAs, including the full list of award nominees, further announcements about confirmed speakers, the powered access site visit and to book one of the last few remaining places, visit www.iapa-summit.info


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