Third time lucky?
One of the access industry’s longest serving veterans -Mike Evans is finally retiring today after more than 46 years in the rental industry, 42 of them as a powered access specialist.
Evans originally 'retired' from Lavendon/Nationwide 10 years ago but then remained as what appeared to be an almost full time consultant until 2011 when the two companies finally called time. Retirement did not last long and a month or two later he began assisting Riwal UK on a part time consulting basis. This role officially comes to an end this month, as he moves towards a full retirement.
Please register to see all images
However! when pushed he admits that while he would not be at all interested in working with another rental company, he might just be tempted to assist with the odd mergers and acquisition project etc..
Looking back over the past 50 years....
At one time it looked as though Evans might become a footballer with Cardiff City, having managed to get on its books, but his parents pushed him towards a more traditional career with the local council. It was not too long however before he moved to a sales job at the local Cat dealer, even though it appeared to pay less and offered less security.
In 1969 he moved from sales to rental, starting out on the hire desk of Harvey Plant Hire. In 1973 he joined Port Talbot Plant (PTP) as hire and sales manager, and gradually worked his way up the organisation to become managing director, helping the company become the UK market leader in powered access.
Evans left PTP in 1989 to join David Price to set up GKN Powered Access. After GKN Powered Access was sold to A-Plant in 1994, he left to re-join Price who had set up Lavendon and organised a Management Buy In at Nationwide Access. As director of Nationwide Access and Access Solutions, Evans was responsible, among other things, for forming the truck mounted division. He also worked in Germany and France for Lavendon and was a long serving IPAF and CPA Council member.
In 2014 he was received a Lifetime achievement award from IPAF, recognising he contribution to the powered access industry in the UK.
After 46 years in rental and at least 42 years in the specialist powered access market he said: “I am extremely proud of the contribution I have been able to make over the last few years as a Consultant to Riwal UK. We have achieved solid trading performances, a much improved customer base and the company is in great shape to continue to prosper”
Please register to see all images
Mike Evans with the last Hire Desk/Sales Team that he mentored at Riwal
“I thank the senior management team and all of the staff for their commitment and professionalism during the whole time of working together; we have had a cracking time The timing seems right for me to now move away from the cut and thrust of the access rental sector Putting things in perspective, my work time with Riwal UK has only been around three days a month and the diary is always pretty full, with family in Cardiff and Canada so I have no concerns about filling my time.
We wish him the very best in proper retirement, but… sense that we might see him pop up from time to time.
To read more the following are links to some of the previous reports on Evans:
First retirement 2005
Second retirement -2011- Mike Evans leaves Lavendon
Mike Evans receives Lifetime achievement award