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Oz director for LEEA

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has appointed Steven Flint as regional director Australia, replacing Ashley Thacker who departs after nine years in the role.

Flint, the founder of The Rigging Shed which provides lifting and rigging equipment throughout western Australia, will work with members to address key industry trends such as communications, information technology, automation and the Covid pandemic’s affect on daily working lives.
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Steven Flint

Flint said: “I would like to thank Ashley Thacker for his work and dedication to LEEA during his tenure in the role. I wish also to thank the members who endorsed me to represent them and look forward to hearing their views. There will be more autonomy for Australian and New Zealand LEEA members, leading to some real and meaningful improvements on several levels, with additional member and industry benefit. Education is the future and creating industry specific qualifications will enhance our ability to attract, train and retain technical people.”

Thacker first encountered LEEA his early twenties after taking a course in the UK. He is also general manager of Ranger Lifting, the first LEEA member in Australia. In his time as LEEA regional director Australia, Thacker has helped increase Australasian membership to more than 100.
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Ashley Thacker

Ross Moloney, chief executive of LEEA, added: “During his time on the board, Ashley has overseen remarkable progress by the association in Australasia. He has been a consistent champion of lifting and particularly the use of new technologies and components – something that is a fast growing part of the sector’s future – and his experience and industry knowledge has been immensely valued by LEEA. I would also like to welcome Steve to the board who, being a 34-year industry veteran, will bring a new perspective to the role.”