November 29, 2020

New HAE director says reorganisation will help raise standards

Restructuring of Hire Association Europe Limited’s business operations will allow the trade organisation to spearhead continuous improvement in standards across the specialist tools, plant and event hire sector, says the new Executive Director Certification Services, Carl Bartlett.

Working his way up through the ranks to General Manager of Lord Hire Centres after joining the firm in 1989, Mr Bartlett has over 30 years’ industry experience, along with significant auditing knowledge, working with HAE’s membership services for almost all of that time before joining the Association’s Technical, Health and Safety panel in 2015.

Carl Bartlett and Graham Arundell

His focus will be on engaging members, raising awareness and the benefits of safety initiatives like the successful SafeHire Certification Scheme. He also plans to raise the bar in general for the Hire Industry by achieving accreditation to a construction industry benchmark, the Common Assessment Standards (CAS).

CAS was introduced by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association (CECA) to tackle inefficiencies that are costing the construction industry up to £1bn a year. Backed by 31 of the largest clients in the sector, CAS aims to reduce duplication, time and cost, which resonates with HAE’s mission to help members achieve accreditation that reduces form-filling and paperwork.

“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,” said Mr Bartlett. “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, while Rupert Douglas-Jones has become Executive Director Member Services, responsible for management, personnel and running the Trade Association division.

In addition to these senior employee appointments, SafeHire and other certification schemes will be split from Membership Services to allow members to receive an even more focused provision. HAE envisages that the structure is now in place to drive the organisation forward in the years ahead.

HAE’s reorganisation is designed to not only give members opportunities for advancement, compliance and the raising of standards in general, but also 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.

Graham Arundell concluded: “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.”

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