LEEA to launch Regional Council in the Middle East and SE Asia in 2022

18 October 2021

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The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has announced this year's LEEA Awards 2021 finalists as well as news that Kat Moss will be the association’s next chair, taking over from Richard Money in January 2022. Oliver Auston will take over Kat’s former position as deputy. It also plans to launch a Regional Council in the Middle East and SE Asia in 2022.

Speaking about the announcement of Moss, Ross Maloney, CEO, LEEA said: “I look forward to working with Kat and Oliver very much and feel confident that we really are on the cusp of something very important. I am extremely grateful to him for current chair, Richard Money’s support and good sense during this most difficult of periods. He leaves behind an Association in rude health, with a clear direction and having taken some pretty serious and significant steps towards its modernisation."

It was also announced Tim Burgess is stepping down from the LEEA Board. At the recent AGM last month, members heard about the significant investments sanctioned by the LEEA Board this year including; a technology upgrade In the Huntingdon training centre. Now equipped with high tech cameras, speakers, microphones and other equipment enabling training to be delivered via Zoom with maximum effectiveness, and staff holding classes with delegates from across the world.

The investment also improves the e-learning suite to make it a real option for learners. This includes utilising all the best techniques to help improve information retention for students. This training will be available in four non-English languages. Next year there will be training and assessments available in Arabic, Bahasa, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese.

The AGM also heard the Lifting Apprenticeship work in England is now awaiting ministerial sign off and the newly formed Regional Council in Australia and New Zealand, has made its number one priority to bring to life a similar solution for its market.

The Regional Council approach is now up and running, with the Council in ANZ established, setting priorities and directing investment. “We believe this model will allow the Association to become truly global and respond to challenges across the globe,” said Moloney. “Our aspiration is to launch a Regional Council in the Middle East and SE Asia in 2022.”

LEEA has also published the finalists of its 2021 Awards, where the winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, in London on November 5.

“It is inspiring to see the high quality of award entries from LEEA members and I am looking forward immensely to announcing the winners on 5 November together with our special guest, stand-up comedian and television presenter Dara O’Briain at what will be the best ever LEEA Awards event.  In addition to being a celebration of raised standards and a showcase of how LEEA members are making best practice business as normal, it will be a chance to get together for a fantastic Friday night party in London, looking toward a great future having overcome the pandemic’s challenges." 

The LEEA Awards 2021

The finalists are as follows:

Best Innovation

  • Craig Douglas of JCD Training
  • Crosby BLOKCAM from The Crosby Group
  • Lifting Specialist Engineer - Ahmed Mamdouh of RINA
  • Motion Software: Innovation through Kinetic from Motion Software
  • Pacific Hoists
  • RFID SupraTag from Yoke Industrial Corp
  • SensorSpace Remote Monitoring from Mantracourt Ltd
  • Speedy Services – Capital Commitment from Speedy Services


Best Lifting Equipment Inspector / Tester / Examiner

  • Hery Purwoko of Aluminium Bahrain
  • Brian Butler of Protier Lifting Services
  • Chris Elwick of Sparrows Offshore Services
  • Gary Tegerdine of Peter Cassidy (Leeds) Ltd
  • John Cobley – Production Leader of JA McDonagh Engineering LTD (RJ Engineering)
  • Manny Segundo of Technical Royal Excellence Oil & Gas
  • Matthew Douglas of Sunbelt Rentals Lifting – Rainham
  • Scott Hale of JK Lifting Equipment
  • Wayne Wilkinson of Carl Stahl Evita Ltd
  • Muhammad Naeem Arif of Technical Royal Excellence
  • Paul Culham of Sunbelt Rentals Lifting – Grimsby


Best Lifting operation

  • AquaTerra Dunlin Team of AquaTerra Group
  • Lifting Specialist Engineer Ahmed Mamdouh of Lloyds British Egypt
  • Notus Contract Lifting from Notus Heavy Lift Solutions
  • Speedy Lifting West Bromwich from Speedy Lifting
  • Thames Tideway East Greenwich Pumping Station team CVB JV (Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets & Bachy Soletanche) from Costain


Best Team

  • Engineering and IT team from Reid Lifting
  • Helen Sparks of Sunbelt Rentals Lifting – Egremont
  • Inspection Department of Standard Arabia Inspection Co Ltd
  • UK Lifting Equipment – Engineering Services Team from JK Lifting
  • Lifting Inspection / operation team from Simples Lifting and Inspection Lda
  • Sales and Service team from Selby Engineering and Lifting Safety Ltd
  • Speedy Services – Category team lifting from Speedy Services
  • Sunbelt Rentals Lifting – Grimsby / Hull
  • Team LES from Lifting Equipment Store
  • Thames Tideway East Greenwich Pumping Station team CVB JV (Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets & Bachy Soletanche) from Costain
  • The Dream Team – Gaz, Andy, John, Glen, Sean, Shaun and Bob from Lifting Gear UK
  • The Hinkley Point C Lifting Management and Assurance team from Notus Heavy Lift Solutions
  • TRE Sales and Technical team from Technical Royal Excellence Oil & Gas Services
  • Velosi LLC
  • Yousef Mousa from Yousef Mousa & Partners Crane Co


Kevin Holmes Award for Excellence in People Development

  • Cookes NZ
  • Dr Mohammad M Abul-Ola from Frontier Certification International WLL
  • Elaine Percival of Minteg Ltd
  • Hoist UK
  • Rony Abraham of Simples Lifting and Inspection Lda


Safety Award – sponsored by Rigging Services

  • Gareth McNary of Select Plant Hire (Laing O’Rourke Group)
  • Karayi Manghattu of Romson Oil Field Services