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CPA’s bright Stars


The CPA’s forthcoming Stars of the Future 2018 apprentice awards event is set to be the biggest yet. Being held in association with headline sponsor, A-Plant, on Thursday 14 June at the Heart of England Conference Centre near Solihull, it will be held alongside a Schools Experience Day to help influence career choices amongst young people. Stars of the Future, which recognises talented plant mechanic apprentices, is run


in conjunction with UK colleges and is supported by CITB. Entrants are assessed throughout the academic year on their learning in college and in their work environment, as well as their enthusiasm and commitment. There are separate prize schemes for Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices.


• Kevin Minton has


been promoted to the position of Chief Executive of the CPA, replacing Colin Wood


who has now stepped down from the position. Kevin has worked for CPA since 2007 and was initially Senior Manager before being promoted to CPA Director in 2013. He has represented the Association on Coniac, the HSE’s leading policy committee for the construction sector, and led the establishment of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group.


OBITUARY: BOB WATTS 6th May 1954 - 29th March 2018


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bob Watts. Raised in Llanfoist, near Abergavenny, he left school in August 1970 and it was straight into work as an apprentice plant fitter at Charlie Price, whilst at the same time attending night school to attain his City and Guilds. Charlie Price were taken over by Carter Plant (which


became Reliant Plant) and Bob worked his way up through the business to become a sales rep before going onto become a Depot Manager at Abergavenny. The Reliant Plant business was acquired by A-Plant in 1989 and Bob continued to excel in his Depot Manager role, and because of his hard work and dedication he was given the opportunity to run a much larger A-Plant depot in Bristol. He then went on to become a Trading Director for the business, then Managing Director of A-Plant West, one of the four regions A-Plant operated back in 1998. Bob was one of the key foundations on which A-Plant was built.


He was instrumental in the integration of a significant number of businesses that A-Plant was rapidly acquiring to consolidate the


market. Some notable ones included Sheriff plc, UK Plant and Leada Acrow, to name just a few. He also oversaw the operation in Ireland for a period, before A-Plant exited the market in 2003. Bob retired in May 2009 and was a great loss to the


business. He was a people person and was highly respected by everyone who worked with him at A-Plant and throughout the industry. Outside of work, Bob was an avid Cardiff City supporter, a passion passed down the family starting from his grandad Jack, who actually went to the 1927 FA Cup final, and this love was passed through to his children. No doubt he would have been overjoyed at seeing his team promoted recently to the Premier League. He was happiest in the pub, going to football and


spending his weekends with his loved ones. In retirement, he continued his passion for travelling and embracing other cultures, in particular Greek island hopping, exploring on foot for hours on end. Bob Watts was a well-known and respected figure in the plant hire Industry for many years and will be sorely missed.


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Platform Hire chooses Airo


Powered access equipment specialist, Platform Hire of Droitwich, has become the first UK hire company to add the Airo XLP5E push-around work platform to its fleet. The company has bought ten machines from Aerial and Handling Services. They have been fitted with the manufacturer’s ‘dual


platform’ system, which has a retractable design to allow the user to instantly re-configure the handrails into a ‘micro cage’, small enough to provide access to confined work spaces, such as suspended ceilings. Pictured at the handover is Platform Hire’s Nicola Williams with Ian Harding of AHS.


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