Final Guest Speakers Announced for Hire 2019 Conference

HAE EHA Conference Holywell Park, Loughborough, Tuesday 1st October 2019

HAE EHA has revealed the full, exciting line-up of guest speakers adding their insight and take on events affecting the Hire Industry at the third annual Conference at Loughborough on 1st October, which is themed around collaborate, innovate and inspire.

The comprehensive timetable now features presentations by Dr Léa Cléret, CEO of The Leadership Trust, Frank Elkins Chief Operating Officer Trade Merchanting Travis Perkins, Sue Brandrick and Chris Lucas from HSE, Detective Superintendent Neil Austin from the West Mercia Police, while discussing mental health issues will be Phil Hemsworth (HSS), Brian Parker (AFI), Hans Fairley (Stihl) and HAE’s own Jim Maccall and Paul Gaze.

Dr Léa Cléret will explain the science behind leadership development programmes, and Frank Elkins is to offer up a CEO perspective on dumper and digger safety. Kicking off the afternoon session will be HSE duo Sue Brandrick and Chris Lucas of the Construction Health Policy Team, followed by an overview of the UK construction industry and the country’s economic performance by Tom Hall, Chief Economist, Barbour-ABI and AMA Research.

Crime prevention in the Hire Industry will be the topic of Detective Superintendent Neil Austin’s presentation, while last but not least the final five will round off the conference with guidance on mental health policy at work before the closing address by James Dickson.

The latest announcement comes hot on the heels of the first round of speakers, which includes Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, a British computing, mathematics and language genius who founded Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. Taking up the theme of collaboration with no gender barriers will be a representative of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

HAE EHA Chairman, Brian Sherlock, will open the event before Commercial Manager Paul Gaze and Scott Ball from HireTrain join forces to give the low down on the steps the industry is taking to encourage a constant learning environment for new starters. The comprehensive list of speakers reflects the importance of the Hire Industry to the UK economy and the construction sector – Brexit and recruitment issues are also certain to be major talking points dominating the conference.

EHA members will have the chance to address the unique challenges event hire businesses face, giving them a glimpse into the future and enabling them to find out what opportunities could lie ahead for the industry to grow.

HAE EHA Chief Executive Officer, Graham Arundell, said: “We have a comprehensive line-up of speakers giving their insight and expertise on all the important issues facing our members and these are sure to inspire debate on the direction of travel for our industry.”

The HAE EHA Conference is open to all members but people wishing to attend need to register online at If you would like further information on exhibitor spaces and sponsorship options, please contact the team on 0121 380 4608 or e-mail