The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has turned to one of the most experienced and best respected figures in the materials handling industry in appointing its new Chief Executive.

Tim Waples will join the UK’s leading authority on the supply, servicing and operation of materials handling equipment on 1st March 2019.

“I’m delighted that Tim has accepted the position” said Association Chairman Duncan Nealon. “He is the perfect fit for our organisation and brings with him a wealth of experience and a truly in-depth knowledge of this industry.

“His experience in developing one of the strongest and most effective dealer networks while at Doosan Industrial Vehicles positions him extremely well for engaging with our membership while his time as President of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) gives him an unrivalled perspective of the wider industry.

“As a sponsor of the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence for many years Tim has already proved himself a good friend to this Association and is a genuine forklift truck man.”

Mr Waples’ appointment comes at a time when the recruiting and development of engineers within the fork truck sector has reached near-crisis point. In recruiting Tim, the FLTA will draw upon a lifetime of practical and strategic experience. Having begun his career as an apprentice, he rose rapidly through the ranks, working in both service and sales roles, ultimately becoming head of Doosan where he prioritised engineer training and dealer development.