IPAF Names New Head of Tech and Safety

Brian Parker has been announced as the new Head of Safety & Technical for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). He IPAF joins from AFI-Uplift Ltd and takes up post on 2 October, reporting to Peter Douglas, CEO and Managing Director.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has named Brian Parker as its new head of Safety and Technical.

Parker comes to IPAF from AFI-Uplift Ltd. and starts on Oct. 2. He reports to Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO and managing director.

Parker brings 24 years’ experience in the powered access sector to his new role at IPAF. He most recently was group business development manager – technical support at AFI. His prior experience included serving as national specialist training manager for HSS, and as group health and safety manager at AFI.

Prior to that he served for seven years in the U.K.’s Royal Engineers as an operator of heavy equipment.

He is a certified IPAF, PASMA, and CITB instructor, holds a diploma from NEBOSH, and is a graduate member of IOSH, and a mental health first aid tutor.

IPAF CEO Peter Douglas said, “Brian’s key responsibility is to ensure IPAF’s resources are effectively used to raise safety standards in the powered access industry worldwide. He is the perfect fit for this role and is well known to all of us at IPAF, having served on the UK Country Council and Training Committee.”

Douglas also noted that Parker has a huge amount of experience and is passionate about safety.

Parker said, “I’m delighted to be taking up this important role for our industry. I hope to be able to use my experience and interpersonal skills to lend renewed impetus to the many safety initiatives and projects at IPAF.”

Parker added that his key priorities will include driving forward IPAF’s global accident reporting project (www.ipaf.org/accident), delivering technical guidance, and developing Andy Access safety posters and Toolbox Talks to help keep powered access operations safe.