Meet the IAPA judges

By Euan Youdale17 February 2022

The judges for the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) met online in mid-January to decide the 2022 shortlist.

Formed of five industry experts, the independent panel of judges considered a record number of entries this year across 13 categories, ahead of the ceremony on 10 March, in London, UK. The shortlist was decided from more than 160 entries at the 13 January meeting, and was published the following week.

Euan Youdale, non-voting chairman of the judges and editor of Access International, which co-organises the event with IPAF, thanked the judges for their hard work in assessing all the entries. “AI and IPAF would like to thank them for agreeing to take part and dedicating so much time to this important process. Their decades of experience and knowledge of the industry is of great value to the IAPAs, which celebrates best practice in our fast-evolving industry.”


Nico Krekeler Nico Krekeler

Nico Krekeler, head of design and development, Ruthmann Holdings, and chairman of the board of directors, Ruthmann Italia.

Michel Petitjean Michel Petitjean

Michel Petitjean, secretary general of the European Rental Association (ERA)

Andy Studdert Andy Studdert

Andy Studdert, independent corporate director and past president of IPAF. Formerly CEO of NES Rentals, which was acquired by United Rentals in 2017.

Jonathan Till Jonathan Till

Jonathan Till, owner the UK’s largest independent access equipment rental company GTAccess, and member of the IPAF UK Country Council.

Paolo Pianigiani Paolo Pianigiani, commercial directot, Imer Group

Paolo Pianigiani. As commercial director at Italy-based Imer Group, Pianigiani headed up the company’s scissor and spider lift designs.

Non-voting chair of the judging panel: Euan Youdale, editor, Access International.

The IAPAs take place on the same day as the IPAF Summit. For more details of this day-long conference, covering the latest topics in the industry, be sure to visit the website.

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