BITA has made two new key appointments to the BITA Board, Stan Harris of Linde Material Handling, and Jan Lorenz of Jungheinrich.
Harris, Managing Director of Linde East and Scotland has been with Linde for approaching a decade. He brings a wealth of experience to his new role, which involves Board responsibility for the BITA Academy through which the industry’s joint apprenticeship scheme is run.
As well as his senior position with Linde, Harris has also been a Director of Scottish Premiership football club St Johnstone for over nine years.
Commenting on his appointment he said: “I was an apprentice engineer myself and I passionately believe that bringing young people into our industry is not only vital but our duty. Demonstrating that an interesting and rewarding career is available in a growing sector is an important part of this. Offering a clear career path through the industry’s joint apprenticeship scheme, run via the BITA Academy, is something I am looking forward to getting involved in.”
Jan Lorenz joined the BITA board last year after his appointment as Managing Director of Jungheinrich UK, and brings with him 10 years’ experience with the Jungheinrich Group in a variety of management roles. He will be responsible for the Truck Suppliers’ Group (TSG), which includes virtually all of the companies supplying industrial trucks in the UK today, and examines the range of issues and policies which affect manufacturers and distributors.
He said: “The TSG plays an important role in drawing together industrial truck suppliers across the UK to discuss common issues and challenges. It is also key to ensuring manufacturers and distributors are represented in relation to the issue and policies which impact on them, and making sure they have a voice.”
Commenting on the appointments James Clark, Secretary General of BITA said: “I would like to welcome Stan and Jan to the Board – they are both hugely experienced and will bring a wealth of knowledge of the industry to bear for the benefit of all BITA members. I very much look forward to working with them both in the future.”