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CITS Board Menbers

CITS Management Board

Construction Plant-hire AssociationDavid Smith - Chairman of CITS
Legal Manager, Construction Plant-hire Association
Contact: 0207 796 3366

David Smith is the legal manager for the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) the principle Trade Association for plant hire professionals founded in 1941. The CPA is totally committed to raising standards within the industry and looks after the interests of businesses involved in the use and hire of construction equipment in the UK. CPA advises its members on matters of legislation, conditions of hire, health and safety and other relevant issues. David has recently taken over from Haydn Steele, joining the CITS Board in July 2015.

Clancy PlantIan Elliott - Vice Chairman of CITS
Security Manager, The Clancy Group
Contact: 01895 823711 - Mobile: 07815 153018

After serving thirty years with the Metropolitan Police within the Specialist Crime Directorate at Scotland Yard, Ian has extensive experience with Fraud and Major Crime investigations. He was instrumental in the creation of both the Police Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU) and was the Police officer who engaged the Construction and Farming industries to design and formulate the CESAR identification scheme. In January 2013 Ian was appointed the Group Head of Security for the Clancy Group of Companies which includes Clancy Docwra Ltd. His role there is to protect the staff, company assets and the integrity of the Clancy brand.

CESAR Powered by Datatag IDKevin Howells
Director, Datatag ID (UK) Ltd
Contact: +44 (0)3 450 700 440

Kevin Howells' connection to the Construction & Agricultural machinery market stretches back to the start of his career with his Technical Engineering apprenticeship. A number of years were spent in the financial & banking markets as well as PR, marketing & advertising, but most of his career (almost 20 yrs) has been involved in Crime Fighting, with great success. Kevin was instrumental in the launch of the official CESAR Scheme. He & his team at Datatag now successfully run several official Industry security schemes including the Motorcycle Industry (Master Scheme), the Marine Industry, the Survey Equipment Sector as wellas vehicles etc. Kevin is an active Chairman, Vice President and board Director with numerous action groups, Industry committees and organisations.

JCBIvor Baigent MBE
Group Director of Security JCB Ltd
Contact: 01889 593196

Ivor joined JCB as Group Security Director in 2008 after serving 29 years in the Army. Awarded an MBE in 2004 he is a Fellow of the Security Institute.

JCBJeff Taylor

JCBCharles Stevenson

Lombard Corporate Asset FinanceAz Dawoojee
Relationship Director, Lombard - Commercial & Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Contact: 0207 672 1548

Following the successful completion of a construction related degree, although I took an alternate direction and entered asset finance my earlier studies remains relevant. With 18 years experience, covering various business sectors, I have now spent a number of years closely aligned to the 'construction services' sector providing financial products and solutions to enable sustainable business growth. Working for Lombard, the UK's largest and oldest asset finance provider, I was pleased to join the CITS Board to promote best practice to our customers and prospects, so as to reduce the increasing costs of plant and equipment theft.

AvivaGary Thom Dip CII
Senior Underwriter Engineering, Commercial Underwriting & Pricing, UKGI - AVIVA
Contact: 0121 696 7378

Gary has been employed in the insurance industry for over 30 years with responsibility for Aviva's engineering account for the last 11. That latter period has seen the launch of PANIU and CESAR for which Gary has been able to promote support from both Aviva and externally.

Allianz EngineeringTim Stylianides BA(Hons) ACII
Senior Risk Control Surveyor
Allianz Insurance plc
Contact: 07739 302114

Tim's worked in commercial insurance for over 20 years, and as a Risk Control Surveyor since 2003 for Allianz Insurance. Tim's responsibilities within Allianz include being the Risk Control Department's Security Specialist covering not only construction plant, but also the wider security aspects of all business sectors and trades underwritten by Allianz commercial underwriters.

West Midlands PolicePC Paul Ennis
Traffic Officer, West Midlands Police
Contact: 07814 002681

Home OfficeTony O'Donnell
Home Office

CEARob Oliver
Chief Executive CEA, Construction Equipment Association
Contact: 07771 910127

Rob Oliver is the Chief Executive of the Construction Equipment Association - the trade association for manufacturers and importers of equipment. Rob also serves on the Executive Committee of the Committee for European Construction Equipment. He was responsible for setting up the contract with Datatag ID for the operation of the CESAR Scheme - and is a director of Construction Equipment Events Ltd, that organises the biennial PLANTWORX exhibition.

AEARuth Bailey
Director General & Chief Executive, AEA Agricultural Engineers' Association
Contact: 01733 207601

Ruth Bailey is the first woman to head the AEA, representing more than 150 companies involved in the manufacture and import of Farm and Outdoor Power equipment. The Association members, with businesses throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland supply almost £4 billion of high tech farm and outdoor power equipment and land based engineering technology to Europe and overseas as well as meeting the needs of Britain's farming and amenity community.

MIRRCStephen Launchbury
Contact: +44 (0)1635 868855

Thatcham Research is an independent, non-profit research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, the centre's main aim is to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards.

The majority of Thatcham Research's work is funded by its member insurers. Over the years, Thatcham Research has developed and refined its activities and influence to encompass traditional damageability and repairability research, the publication of crash repair manuals and standard times, training, vehicle security, a Euro NCAP approved crash laboratory and the provision of ABI Group Rating data.

Steve Launchbury Lead Automotive Security Research Engineer at Thatcham Research. My role at Thatcham is to liaise with Law Enforcement, Vehicle Manufacturers and the Insurance industry to gain an understanding of current vehicle theft trends and to seek suitable solutions to minimise insurer risk.

Laing O'RourkeAnton Setchell
Global Head of Security, Laing O'Rourke Ltd
Contact: 01322 296790

IPAF International Powered Access FederationRichard Whiting
IPAF International Powered Access Federation
Contact: +44 (0)15395 66700

GAP Group LtdIain Anderson
Managing Director,
GAP Group Ltd
Contact: 0141 225 4630

Iain started his career working for Hewden Stuart Group at Scot JCB, Glasgow. In 1996 he joined GAP as head of UK operations and in 2006 began developing the GAP sales team. Following a restructure in 2014 Iain now has overall responsibility for Plant & Tool operations and GAP's major customers. The company has 94 depots throughout the UK and employs 1100 people. Turnover for the year to march 2015 is expected to reach £140 million.

J Murphy and Sons LtdSeumas Ascott
Security Manager,
J Murphy & Sons Ltd
Contact: 0207 267 4366

Seumas Ascott served with the Metropolitan Police Service for thirty years, fifteen of which were spent leading investigations into vehicle and plant theft on the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit. He is currently employed as the Group Security Manager for J Murphy & Sons Ltd.

Hire Association EuropeRupert Douglas-Jones
General Manager
HAE (Hire Association Europe)
Contact: 0121 380 4600

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society LimitedClive Harris
Agricultural Vehicle Specialist - Head Office Claims
National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited (UK),
Contact: 07966 121499

With a wealth of engineering experience, Clive Harris has worked for NFU Mutual since 2006, having previously worked within the vehicle and insurance industry as a motor engineer/assessor. Clive's role involves coordinating activity in liaison with police and other anti-crime agencies to recover stolen agricultural vehicles and develop relationships to assist with supporting the reduction of agricultural theft and crime for the benefit of the farming industry in the UK.

International Association of Auto Theft InvestigatorsMike Briggs
International Association of Auto Theft Investigators

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The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) was formed in 1952 in North America to improve communication and coordination, among the growing family of professional auto theft investigators. It has become recognised as the peak industry body with members in over 60 countries.

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) is the organisation for professionals involved in the prevention and detection of vehicle crime.

The membership is made up of:

  • law enforcement officers,
  • vehicle manufacturers,
  • insurance companies,
  • government officials,
  • private investigators and others who prevent and investigate vehicle crime.

Our most effective weapon to combat car crime related offences is co-operation between all parties.

The United Kingdom Branch of IAATI was formed and received its charter in 2001. The founding members saw the opportunity to serve the needs of those people engaged in the prevention and detection of vehicle crime.
Through vehicle crime training seminars and communication in vehicle theft techniques IAATI provides the resources required to fight against vehicle theft, to influence vehicle security, prevent vehicle thefts and increase detections of those involved in vehicle crime. IAATI has established training courses to help educate our members in the identification of stolen vehicles and the methods used by the criminal fraternity to steal them. For members only, we have a forum to exchange knowledge, to ask other members for advice or assistance or to start a discussion about subjects related to vehicle crime.

Balfour BeattySimon Wooderson
Head of UK Business Integrity
Balfour Beatty