Colin Wood, the recently retired chief executive of the UK’s Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) - the country's association for crane and equipment rental companies, has received the European Rental Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wood was appointed at chief executive of the CPA in 2001 following 35 years working in the crane rental industry. His career including periods with well known crane rental companies, such as Attwoods, BCHC /British Crane Hire Corporation, Scott Greenham, G W Sparrow and Sons, GWS /Grayston, White & Sparrow and Baldwins Industrial Services. He began attending CPA meetings and taking an active role in the association from 1991, so that 10 years later when the organisation was looking for a new chief executive, he was well placed to take over.
Wood said: “I am most pleased to have received this prestigious award. Working in the crane rental industry for over 35 years and the CPA for the last 17 years, and indeed with the ERA, has enabled me to give something back to the industry. In particular, working to create operational safety guidance for the benefit of the construction equipment industry as a whole.”
ERA president Pierre Boels added: “Colin’s engagement with rental went beyond the UK. He was a vice president on ERA’s board during its important early years and his work as ERA’s treasurer helped set standards that are still being followed today. Throughout his career he has been a friendly presence on the scene. As he moves into retirement, the industry will miss his personality as much as it will his experience.”