IPAF Appoints New Head of Safety and Technical

Brian Parker has been announced as the new Head of Safety & Technical for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

Brian Parker
Brian Parker
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Brian Parker has been named as the Head of Safety & Technical for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

He joins from AFI-Uplift Ltd., and takes up post in October, reporting to Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO and managing director. Most recently, Parker was group business development manager-technical support at AFI and brings 24 years of experience working in the powered access sector. He also previously held roles as national specialist training manager for HSS, and group health and safety manager at AFI.  

He also served for seven years in the 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.

Douglas comments: “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. He has a huge amount of experience and, as anyone who has met him knows, he is very passionate about safety.”

Parker says: “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. 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. I can’t wait to get started.”