Tim Whiteman will be stepping down, effective immediately, from his role of managing director and CEO of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) after 15 years in the position. Former IPAF President Andy Studdert will act as interim CEO to provide continuity while the search for a replacement is conducted.
The IPAF Board recruited Whiteman in 2004 to take on the challenge of making the organization a truly international player. At the time, the Federation, founded in 1983, had reached around 400 members, most of whom were in the UK, and earned 95% of its revenue from the region. Today, more than 45% of income is from outside of the home market, despite continued growth in UK membership. IPAF currently boasts almost 1,400 members in nearly 70 countries.
About his departure, Whiteman stated, "It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated IPAF members and team members around the world. The passion to deliver the safe and effective use of powered access motivates so many people, and IPAF shares their knowledge and experience to help keep people safe. However, after 15 years, I'm looking forward to a change, and I thank the Board for its support in making this happen."