The new Chair submits the future LEEA initiatives

Richard Money becomes Chair of LEEA from January 2020, taking over from Paul Fulcher, with Kat Moss of Catena replacing Richard as Vice-Chair. Keen to be a key player in driving LEEA forward, Richard introduces some of the initiatives to propel the association into the new decade.

Richard Money, the new Chair of LEEA

“At the end of 2019, as we reflected on our 75-year history and how far we have come, it is clear that LEEA is an association in a great place.  But, in taking on the role of Chair of LEEA for the next 2 years, I am particularly excited about the future – not only to improve ‘business as usual’, but also in developing new initiatives.”

“LEEA’s leadership team is looking to deliver more training, shorten the waiting time for exam results, conduct more meaningful audits and provide even better levels of technical support”.

Most members will know about LEEA’s work to develop the Lifting Apprenticeship in England, which is expected to go “live” in 2020.  This will form the basis for rolling out similar pathways across the globe, including in other parts of the UK.

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The association’s first Think Lifting film, created to encourage young recruits into the sector, has received a tremendous response and a second installment is due to be launched in February

The same month will see the launch of the LEEA App, which will give the association a better and more direct means to share information and insight with their members. The app is a result of the team listening to members and shows their continuing commitment to being proactive in sharing communications. 

The military transition project, which has been successfully piloted in the UK during 2019, is ready for a full roll-out in 2020.  Relationships have been established and we’re currently in discussions with military partners about a tie-up at LiftEx in October. This will see military leavers attending the show to meet exhibitors and discuss career developments.

A further result of listening to their members is a brand new idea: the launch in 2020 of the association’s first Global Awareness Day. LEEA and its members will flood social media with adverts, films and case studies that highlight to end users the importance of high quality lifting equipment partners.  This is a prime example of how LEEA is working for its members and is reaching out to end-users.

There will also be a roll out in 2020 of the new process for joining the association. This will be crucial for maintaining the value of the LEEA logo.  To further underwrite LEEA’s gold standard, the association is in discussions with international partners to increase levels of collaborative working. Also, LEEA is conducting a full-scale review of how the association can have a greater impact globally.

With the arrival of association’s first Middle East LiftEx in Bahrain and the inaugural LiftEx Lite in Cairo, as well what is anticipated to be the biggest ever LiftEx taking place in Liverpool on 13–14 October 2020 is going to be non-stop. The LEEA team will be keeping you in touch throughout 2020 with everything discussed here – and more.

“I’m looking forward to both supporting and challenging the team to ensure that the association continues to move forward, raise standards and deliver real value for LEEA members and end-users in all sectors, wherever they are in the world.”

More about Richard Money

The role of the LEEA Chair will span the period from January 2020 to January 2022.

Richard Money has been an LEEA Board member on and off for the past decade, continuously for the past five, and Vice-Chair for the last 2 years. Richard was managing director of Sahm-Splice, which combines German partners based in Bremerhaven with Unisplice. Richard led the team that started Unisplice 22 years ago, after a spell as MD of CCL Systems’ Talurit division. Sahm-Splice designs manufacture and distribute complete systems for the mechanical swaging and testing of wire ropes, a field in which Richard has a career-long interest, having spent over 20 years in the merchant navy rising to deck officer and Master Mariner. His time at sea involved many types of cranes, derricks and rigging systems, from moving North Sea oilrigs to insurance surveys in the Middle East.

About LEEA

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

It is the respected and authoritative representative body for its members who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment, and repair, to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.

The Association has played a key role in this specialized field for over 70 years, from training and standards-setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems.

LEEA represents its members at the highest levels across a range of both public and private bodies, including various government departments, as well as nationally and internationally recognized professional and technical institutions.'
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