Setting out his priorities, Geoff said: “2009 is going to be a difficult year for many of our members. We will be increasing efforts to raise the profile of the association, and awareness of the range of services offered by our members. The rapid growth in international membership continues and we must make sure these new members are fully supported by the association. A major part of this will be the development of our range of on-line and on-site training services for members and we also plan a number of new initiatives which will be launched during 2009.”

Geoff joined the LEEA from Spanset UK Limited, where he was sales manager for height safety products. His career also includes a number of senior research, sales and business management roles, for companies that include Certex, Liftex and Bridon Ropes.

Membership of the LEEA has grown rapidly in recent years, and now numbers 247 companies in over 500 locations worldwide. The range of services offered to these members has also developed considerably, and includes access to a both theoretical and practical training courses, as well as expert advice and regular audits by the LEEA’s team of technical officers.

Having stepped down as chief executive, Derrick Bailes’ new role as technical consultant will include work on national and international standards, providing technical advice to members, and helping to develop the LEEA’s new online examination system.