IPAF – the International Powered Access Federation - has appointed Amanda Beckett as head of finance.
She joins the organisation from the Nationwide Platforms, the UK subsidiary of Loxam where she was head of financial planning & analysis. She officially takes up her new post today and will report to chief executive Peter Douglas. She replaces Andrew Bache who has served in an interim capacity since the end of last year, having been with the federation since 2014.
Beckett began her career in 2002 when she joined building materials distributor Encon Insulation/Nevill Long as a drywall sales representative. After more than four years in the role she made the move to Nationwide to take up an accounting role as an assistant management accountant. Six years later she was promoted to finance project manager, and then in 2015 was appointed commercial financial controller, moving to her most recent role at the start of 2018.
Peter Douglas said: “Amanda has a huge amount of experience of managing the financial strategy for a complex multi million-pound turnover powered access business, and I know her very well from my own time at Nationwide Platforms. It will be great to welcome her to IPAF and we will surely benefit as an organisation from her acumen and strategic planning skills as we look to plot the future of the Federation through challenging economic times.”
“IPAF has so far weathered the storm of Covid-19 relatively well and we are committed to helping our members and the industry at large come out of this pandemic in as healthy a shape as possible. We are also excited to progress the key priorities that lie ahead. Amanda will no doubt be a tremendous asset for us in achieving these aims.”
“I’d like to pay thanks to Andrew Bache, our outgoing head of finance who has assisted in an interim capacity since the end of 2019, whose guidance has been invaluable in safeguarding against the worst impacts of the pandemic.”
Beckett added: “I am delighted to join IPAF, resuming my working relationship with Peter and getting to know the dedicated team here. My priorities will be ensuring IPAF remains on course to ride out the economic shocks of the past nine months, and ensure we have the right systems and resources in place to meet key targets and deliver on some fairly major projects. I am genuinely excited to get started.”