IPAF Councils

IPAF Council

IPAF’s governing body is the IPAF Council, which is composed of the IPAF Board members, Committee chairpersons, Country/Regional Council chairpersons and five directly elected members. Council members are elected for a two-year period by IPAF members. View Past Presidents of IPAF.

Board Members:

  • President: Karin Nars, Dinolift
  • Deputy President: Karel Huijser, JLG
  • Vice President: Kai Schliephake, Partnerlift
  • CEO & Managing Director: Peter Douglas, IPAF
  • Director: Nick Selley, AFI
  • Director: Ben Hirst, Horizon Platforms
  • Director: Julie Houston Smyth, LOLEX Ltd
  • Director: Pedro Torres, Riwal
  • DIrector: Jacco de Kluijver, Genie

Council Members:

  • Arne Dirckinck-Holmfeld, PB Lifttechnik
  • Enrique Garcia Delgado, Snorkel
  • Phil Graysmark, LGMG Europe
  • Paul Rankin, Loxam PAD & Nationwide Platforms
  • Will Temple, Sunbelt Rentals
  • Marcello Plonski Brasil, RCB Locações de Equipamentos e Máquinas 
  • Susan Xu, Sinoboom

Committee Chairpersons

  • Manufacturers’ Technical Committee, Jim Waldron, Skyjack
  • Mast Climbing Work Platforms Committee, Kevin O’Shea, Hydro Mobile
  • Training Committee, Tony Warren, Sunbelt Rentals
  • IPAF Rental+ Committee, Ele Ioannou, Mr Plant Hire Plc
  • IPAF International Safety Committee, Mark Keily, Sunbelt Rentals

IPAF Country and Regional Councils

IPAF country and regional councils consider specific issues and make recommendations to the IPAF Council for further discussion and action. They also organise national and regional activities that underpin and promote the safe use of powered access.

The current councils and chairpersons are:

  • Brazilian Country Council
    Celio Gonçalves, Aura Brasil Máquinas e Equipamentos Ltda
  • Hong Kong Regional Council
    Tony Small, Gammon Construction
  • Irish Council
    David Meeke, Balloo Hire Centres Ltd
  • Italian Country Council
    Paolo Pianigiani, IMER
  • Singapore Country Council
  • Shawn Ong, Galmon
  • Spanish Country Council
    Enrique García Delgado, Ahern Iberica S.L
  • Middle East Regional Council
    Peter Ellis, Halo 4 Safety FZO
  • UK Country Council
    Brian Stead, Nationwide Platforms
  • North American Regional CouncilNorth American Regional Council
    Chair – Ebbe CHRISTENSEN, Ruthmann-Reachmaster, President
    Member - Kevin O'Shea, Hydro Mobile, Director of Safety
    Member- Mark Hinkel, Institute For Aerial Lift Safety, Owner
    Member - Greg Strid, Mastclimber LLC, General Manager
    Member - Scott SASSER, Palfinger, Platforms Division, Sales/Product Manager
    Member - Randy DeCoteau, Terex AWP, Product Safety Engineer
    Member - Matthew Eckstine, Eckstine & Assoc, Director of Operations
    Member - Tom Trinen, Service One Access, President
    Member - Sean Ward, Haulotte US, Regional Sales Manager
    Member - Pat Witte, MEC AWP, Vice President Global Sales & Business Development
    Member – Brian Clark. Sunbelt Rentals, Director of Product Support
    Member – Don Satterfield, EHS Manager, The Home Depot
    Member – TJ Lyons, EHS Manager, Gilbane Construction
    Member – Ben Taft, President, Spimerica