The UKMHA is a not-for-profit organisation representing all aspects of the UK’s material handling industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and other stakeholders.
The association has been formed by the merger of the industry’s two most respected trade associations – the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the UK Material Handling Association (FLTA).
Harnessing the expertise from both organisations, the UKMHA will play a vital role as the single voice of the material handling industry, dedicated to creating an environment where all its members can prosper, and technical excellence is paramount.
Promoting improved safety standards industry-wide is a main priority, aided by existing campaigns including National Forklift Safety Day, the Forklift Safety Convention and Safety Drive. In addition to collating focused market intelligence, which is shared between all members, the association ensures that member needs are considered in key areas of legislation, including on key issues such as safety, trade and training. Representation on UK and European standards committees will ensure the highest standards are consistently maintained.
The UKMHA Team
Chief Executive Tim Waples is one of the best respected figures in the materials handling industry, bringing a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge to the post.
Comfortable operating at the highest levels he is a natural and approachable leader with the ability to galvanise and develop those around him.
With a lifetime of practical, commercial and strategic experience he has a singular understanding not only of those who sell, service and manufacture forklift trucks but also those who buy and operate them.
A true forklift truck man, he began his career as an apprentice, rising through the ranks to become Chief Executive of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd, where he created one of the UK’s strongest and most effective dealer networks.
Formerly a key member of the BITA Board he achieved the rare distinction of serving a second term as President.
Your first point of contact at the UKMHA, Nanette joined the Association in 2016.
Her deep understanding of business operations, and extensive prior experience in sales, administration and accounts, makes her more than qualified to assist Members and the public with any queries they might have.
With a strong work ethic and a commitment to achieving results – for both the organisation and its members – Nanette is a significant addition to the UKMHA staff.
A Chartered Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and ISO 9001:2015 lead auditor, Lee joins the Association following a distinguished career of aircraft engineering management in the Royal Air Force. There, he acquired a wealth of experience in continuous improvement, quality, health and safety activities – knowledge invaluable to his role with the UKMHA.
Lee is responsible for auditing members of the Association and measuring their compliance to the membership criteria, Code of Practice, statutory and regulatory requirements. He also strives to offer examples of best practice and highlight opportunities for improvement.
Crucially, Lee provides a key communication channel, consulting with members to understand their views, and making certain the Association’s policies and initiatives continue to maximise the benefits of membership.