Check out our 2024 Corporate Sustainability Report!

IPAF Appoints New CEO, Managing Director

IPAF Appoints New CEO, Managing Director

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announced that Peter Douglas will be the new CEO and managing director, effective Dec. 1.

The appointment comes after a recruitment process that attracted almost 50 applicants from around the world.

Previously, Douglas held the role of UK managing director before being promoted to UK operations director at the access equipment rental company Nationwide Platforms, part of the Loxam Group. He stepped down at the end of 2018 and accepted a managing director role at Pullman Fleet Services. He’s also been a longstanding member of the IPAF international council and chaired the IPAF UK council.

“With Peter being based in the UK, this will consolidate IPAF’s global headquarters and enable full-service support of the organization’s core market and membership, which in recent years has delivered more Powered Access License (PAL) cards than ever before," says Norty Turner, IPAF’s president.  “From its formation in the UK in 1983, IPAF has grown into a truly worldwide federation, expanding into new territories, and now delivering training, safety guidance, and technical expertise in multiple languages in 70 countries. It’s certainly an exciting time for Peter to come on board.”

Andy Studdert, interim CEO of IPAF, says, “I’m pleased to confirm our recruitment process has attracted some truly impressive candidates, and that after such a competitive and wide-ranging search, that Peter has been selected to lead this organization as it continues to thrive and grow. I’m honored to hand over the leadership of IPAF to such a well-qualified and enthusiastic CEO. Peter will take IPAF to the next level of excellence.”

Douglas said how delighted and honored he was to have the opportunity to lead, “such a well-recognized and respected global safety, technical, and training organization,” and how he’s looking forward to “the challenge of making the powered access industry worldwide as safe as it possibly can be.” 

He adds, “It is a privilege to have been selected for this exciting role, and I cannot wait to get started. The work of everyone involved with IPAF is so valuable; promoting the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide and ensuring people conducting temporary work at height get to go home safe at the end of every day is about as worthwhile as any job can get. I am very grateful to be given this fantastic opportunity to bring my ideas and expertise to bear, and look forward to working with IPAF staff and industry colleagues once more.”  

For more details, visit


Lift & Access is part of the Catalyst Communications Network publication family.