Director of Training retires
One of the access industry’s acknowledged experts, Stuart Hopkins, has retired as Director of Training from PASMA, the international trade body representing the mobile access tower industry. Stuart joined PASMA from the HSS Hire Group in 2008.
Since then he has been instrumental in developing and introducing a range of training courses now considered to be the industry standard - both in the UK and increasingly internationally - and overseen the growth of an approved training network which now issues over 70,000 PASMA PhotoCards annually, compared with 45,000 in 2008.
Before joining PASMA, he was group senior trainer at HSS Hire Group, having previously held various positions including branch manager, area manager and national training manager for the specialist lifting division.
He holds the certificate in training practice from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the RoSPA safety instructor’s certificate and was chair of the IPAF training committee, 2004-2005.
“I have been fortunate enough to work for two of the leading organisations in the work at height sector,” says Stuart. “Over the years, the support and advice of my many colleagues has been invaluable in helping to improve height safety and keep people safe.”
“I must also acknowledge the many PASMA members who have contributed their knowledge and expertise through the various committees on which it has been my pleasure to serve.”
Comments PASMA’s Managing Director, Peter Bennett: “Stuart has made a major contribution to the progress and expansion of the association. His training role has been pivotal to the success of PASMA.”
“On a personal note I would like to thank him for his commitment and dedication to the work of the association, its members, Council and committees over many years. We will miss his wisdom and wit!”
PASMA currently offers nine training courses covering everything from the essentials of working at height and low level access, to advanced courses such as Towers on Stairs and Towers with Cantilevers - the latest course to join the portfolio.