FLTA appoints Tim Waples as new CEO

FLTA appoints Tim Waples as new CEO

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has appointed Tim Waples, former head of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, as its new Chief Executive.

Waples begun his career as an apprentice and quickly rose through the ranks, working in both service and sales roles, ultimately becoming head of Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK - part of the $21bn global Doosan Corporation - where he prioritised engineer training and dealer development. 

As a board member of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) – where he served two terms as President – he was influential in the creation of F-TEC, the forklift industry’s dedicated engineering training centre, created in conjunction with the FLTA. 

Waples’ appointment comes at a time when the recruiting and development of engineers within the forklift truck sector has reached near-crisis point. In recruiting Tim, FLTA said it will be able to draw upon "a lifetime of practical and strategic experience". One of his most pressing challenges will be working with F-TEC and BITA to drive the recruitment of apprentices and encourage ever-greater upskilling. 

FLTA’s Chairman Duncan Nealon said: “Tim is a natural and approachable leader with the ability to galvanise and develop those around him. Comfortable in operating at the highest levels he succeeds in retaining the closest engagement with dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and end-user customers. He brings exceptional commercial experience and expertise to the post in what looks certain to mark a new era of growth for the Association. Beyond this he is a true “fork-trucker” and is fluent in all things forklift.” 

Waples replaces Peter Harvey, who stepped down earlier this year. He will commence his tenure on 1 March.