The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has announced that James Clark, its secretary-general, is to retire from his position by the end of 2020.
Joining BITA in 1996, Clark’s time as secretary-general has coincided with significant growth for the trade association and has been instrumental in developing the MHE Ltd, Consolidated Fork Truck Services and F-TEC, the industry training centre.
Back in 2019, Clark strengthened BITA’s profile as a “leading advocate” for higher safety standards across the industry through the launch of National Forklift Safety Day in the UK.
Clark said: “I have had a good innings and during my stay at the crease have seen some major changes within the material handling industry.
“Having overseen the merger process to a successful conclusion, I felt now was the right time to step down from my role and I wish the new entity every success.”
He added: “I would like to thank everyone at BITA for their help and support down the years and to wish them all the best in the future.”
Simon Barkworth, president of BITA, said: “James is a respected figure throughout the entire material handling industry and for many, has been the public face of BITA for more than two decades.
“On behalf of the BITA board, I would like to thank James for his contribution to the trade association and to the industry in general, and wish him well in what we all hope, will be a long and happy retirement.”
He added: “We now look to build on the legacy James has helped to create and to ensure the new association fulfils the goal of BITA in lifting industry standards.”