The new director of Hire Association Europe (HAE) states that the restructuring of HAE’s business operations will allow the trade organisation to “spearhead continuous improvement in standards across the specialist tools, plant and event hire sector”.

Carl Bartlett, director for HAE, has previously worked as a general manager at Lord Hire Centres and has had more than 30 years of industry experience.

Bartlett’s focus will be on engaging members, raising awareness and the benefits of safety initiatives like the SafeHire Certification Scheme.

He also hopes to raise the bar for the hire industry by achieving accreditation to a construction industry benchmark called the Common Assessment Standards (CAS).

Bartlett says: “As the standards of safety within the hire industry continue to improve, this reflects on both legislative requirements and the commitment of members to the SafeHire scheme.

“Promoting high standards will no doubt lead to a reduction in time spent completing sections of tenders, approved supplier documents, pre-qualification questionnaires and SSIP documents.”

As part of the reorganisation, Graham Arundell has stepped down as managing director to take up a part-time role as CEO, to oversee implementation of the new set-up and achieve UKAS accredited status.

Rupert Douglas-Jones has become executive director of Member Services and is responsible for management, personnel and running the Trade Association division.

Arundell, CEO for HAE, comments: “Challenges in the industry still appear to be dominated by recruitment of experienced or suitably skilled personnel.

“In recognition of this, HAE continues to expand the training portfolio to support the needs of members.”

HAE’s reorganisation is designed to continue to progress with training programmes to equip more people with the skills needed for a sector supplying the operational resources and equipment to fulfil vital infrastructure contracts.