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New LEEA Chair Heralds Association’s Future

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), a global group headquartered in the United Kingdom, has named Richard Money as its chairman for two years, from January 2020 to January 2022.

Money succeeds Paul Fulcher, while Kat Moss of Catena replaces Money as vice chair.

Money has been a LEEA board member on and off for the past decade, continuously for the past five, and vice chair for the last two years. He was managing director of Sahm-Splice, which designs, manufactures, and distributes complete systems for the mechanical swaging and testing of wire ropes.

Upon taking the reins of LEAA, Money introduced some of the initiatives to propel the 75-year-old association into the new decade.

Money said that he is excited about the organization’s future, and that LEEA’s leadership team is looking to deliver more training, shorten waiting time for exam results, conduct more meaningful audits, and provide even better levels of technical support.

Most members will know about LEEA’s work to develop the lifting apprenticeship in England. Expected to go live in 2020, the program will form the basis for rolling out similar pathways across the globe.

Money also mentioned the association’s first “Think Lifting” film, which was created to encourage young recruits into our sector and has received a tremendous response. He said a second instalment is due to be launched in February. 

February will also see the launch of the LEEA app, which will give the association better and more direct means to share information and insight with members. The app is a result of the team listening to members and shows their continuing commitment to being proactive in sharing communications. 

LEAA’s military transition project, piloted in 2019, is ready for full roll out in 2020, Money said.  “Relationships have been established and we’re currently in discussions with military partners about a tie up at LiftEx in October. This will see military leavers attending the show to meet exhibitors and discuss career developments,” he said.

Money also announced the launch in 2020 of the association’s first Global Awareness Day. LEEA and its members will flood social media with adverts, films, and case studies that highlight the importance of high-quality lifting equipment partners. 

In addition, Money said 2020 will see LEAA roll out a new process for joining the association. “This will be crucial for maintaining the value of the LEEA logo,” he said. “To further underwrite LEEA’s gold standard, the association is in discussions with international partners to increase levels of collaborative working. In addition, LEEA is conducting a full-scale review of how the association can have greater impact globally.” 


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