IPAF Announces CEO and Managing Director Appointment

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announced Peter Douglas as its new CEO and Managing Director

Peter Douglas
Peter Douglas

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announced Peter Douglas as its new CEO and Managing Director, following a thorough recruitment process that attracted almost 50 applicants from around the world. Douglas will take up post on December 1, 2019 and will be based in the UK.

“The past few years have seen IPAF go from strength to strength, innovating to update its training courses into new languages and e-learning, developing virtual reality applications and creating exciting new events,” Norty Turner, IPAF’s President, who served on the recruitment and selection panel, says. “With Peter being based in the UK, this will consolidate IPAF’s global headquarters and enable full-service support of the organisation’s core market and membership, which in recent years has delivered more PAL Cards than ever before.” 

Andy Studdert, who has served as Interim CEO of IPAF and helped lead the recruitment search, comments: “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 organisation 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.”

Peter says: “I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to lead such a well-recognized and respected global safety, technical and training organisation; I am 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.”

Douglas was previously the operations direction at Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest lift equipment rental company (now part of Loxam Access). He is a longstanding member of IPAF and previously served on the IPAF board.