31 August 2017

Head of Tech Support Appointed

Head of Tech Support Appointed

PASMA, the international not-for-profit body dedicated to the mobile access tower industry, has appointed John Darby, 34, to the newly created post of head of technical support. He joins the association after ten years with the Youngman Group, where he was UK manufacturing engineering manager.

Having obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Design Engineering at Bournemouth University in 2005, Darby joined the engineering department of fire and security specialists, Elmdene International, based in Portsmouth.

In 2007 he moved to the Youngman Group - now Werner UK Operations Ltd - as a design engineer. In 2010 he was appointed technical manager, then operations manager and finally UK manufacturing engineering manager in 2015. Throughout this period, he was directly involved in developing new and innovative products for the access industry.

Since 2015, Darby has been chairman of PASMA’s Technical Committee. He also sits on B514/24, the UK Tower Standards Committee and TC53/WG4, the European Committee responsible for revising EN 1004, the European product standard for towers.

Says Darby: “My ten years with Youngman have been extremely rewarding and enjoyable. I now look forward to working at the heart of the industry and helping shape the future direction, work and role of the association and supporting its many members.” 

Darby will report directly to PASMA’s technical director, Don Aers, who comments: “John’s knowledge and experience of the tower industry will be invaluable to the association. Virtually all his working life has been devoted to designing and developing towers to improve their safety, flexibility and effectiveness.”

Born in Colchester but now living in Ipswich, PASMA’s new Head of Technical Support is married with two young children. His interests include engines, cars and generally ‘anything greasy’. 


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