LEEA hopes to name a chief executive designate to work alongside Bailes for a period in order to ensure smooth transition from one to the other.

“This will also allow the chief executive designate time to absorb the ethos of heading up a trade association which is markedly different to a more ‘normal’ job,” said outgoing chairman Stuart Everitt.

The ideal candidate will currently be working at a senior level in the lifting business, with LEEA likely to recruit from its existing membership.

Anyone interested, or with recommendations, should contact LEEA as soon as possible by email: mail@leea.co.uk, or tel: +44 (0)1480 432 801.