Jean Harrison retires after more than 25 years with IPAF

Jean Harrison at Vertikal Days 2019 at Donington Park, given a special send-off including a framed commemorative front cover of Cranes & Access magazine by event organisers.

Jean Harrison has announced her retirement, and 23 May marks her last day with the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), where she has worked in a variety of roles across more than 27 years’ distinguished service.

Earlier in 2019, Jean, who vacates the role of Membership Officer and Events & Committee Coordinator, announced to colleagues that she would be retiring in this, her 28th year with IPAF. Her final few days in post saw her given a rousing send-off at an IPAF Scottish Regional Meeting in Glasgow, and a celebratory meal with around 30 colleagues on the evening of her last day in the IPAF office in Cumbria.

Jean also attended Vertikal Days 2019 at Donington Park, where she opened the show via the public address system, toured the site saying goodbye to IPAF members and was given a special send-off including a framed commemorative front cover of Cranes & Access magazine by event organisers.

Earlier this year, Jean received the prestigious IPAF President’s Award during the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) ceremony in Dubai, UAE, for her tireless work to support IPAF members, colleagues and the industry at large. She was given a standing ovation when called to the stage to receive her award from outgoing IPAF President Nick Selley.

Tim Whiteman, CEO & MD of IPAF, says: “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Jean Harrison is one of the best-known and well-loved faces of the powered access industry, not just in the UK but worldwide! The outpouring of good wishes from across our industry when people have learned Jean is about to retire is fitting testament to just how popular and hard-working she has been.

“Jean has had many roles during her time with IPAF, and has always embraced new responsibilities and technological innovations with enthusiasm and gusto. From helping to make the first ever IPAF PAL Cards soon after she joined in the mid-1990s, to demonstrating advanced operator training on a MEWP VR Simulator, the industry has certainly changed during her time at IPAF and Jean has moved with the times.

“On behalf of IPAF members and colleagues, thank you Jean and very best wishes for an enjoyable and well-earned retirement! I am sure we may still meet at industry events and social gatherings in the months and years ahead and we certainly won’t lose touch!”

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