Winners lift their trophies at the biggest ever LEEA Awards


The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented the winners of the LEEA Awards 2023 with their trophies at the prestigious Awards Dinner on 21st November, held at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The winners of the annual awards recognising excellence in the lifting industry are as follows:

  • Craig Morelli Award – Best Trainer: Jasen Doyle – Industrial Training International LLC.
  • Industry Leader Award (sponsored by LHI Magazine): Ashley Thacker of Ranger – Lifting Rigging Safety.
  • Innovation (Product) Award (sponsored by Guardian): Rope Watcher – CERTEX UK.
  • Innovation (Service) Award: Inspection Department (Lifting Equipment) – Saudi ARAMCO.
  • Kevin Holmes Award – Excellence in People Development: Crane Operators & Riggers Development – Saudi ARAMCO.
  • Lifting Equipment Technician: Chris Belka of Sparrows Offshore Services.
  • Lifting Operation Award: MGF/Ainscough (Anfield Stadium) – MGF/Ainscough.
  • Rising Star Award (sponsored by Bridger Howes): Mark McClure of WH Scott & Son Engineers.
  • Safety Award (sponsored by Rigging Services): Lifting Planning Aid – Sheffield Forgemasters.
  • Sustainable Award: Powertex Products – Lifting Solutions Group.

With comedian, presenter, actor and singer, Jason Manford joining the 380 guests from around the world, including Australia and Saudi Arabia, the fifth annual LEEA Awards continued the tradition of being a big night of celebration and social networking. Over £4000 was raised on the night for LEEA’s chosen Charity, the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

Ross Moloney, CEO at LEEA said: “Congratulations to all the award winners and finalists for such impressive achievements. Winning a LEEA Award is not easy, which makes it a tremendous achievement, particularly as among the almost 100 entries received this year, the standard was higher than ever.”

He continued: “This year was our biggest awards event ever, making it unsurpassed for networking and relationship building. I would like to thank the applicants, judges, sponsors and all the guests for making this yet another great industry night and hope that the winners inspire lots of great entries from members for the LEEA Awards 2024.”

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