Brian Jones of CPA Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2024 European Rental Awards

The construction and earthmoving industry has witnessed a remarkable milestone as Brian Jones, President of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 European Rental Awards. This accolade, presented during the ERA’s Annual Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, honors Jones’ exceptional contributions and unwavering dedication to the rental sector over the past five decades.

Brian Jones: A Pillar of the Plant-Hire Industry

Brian Jones’ journey in the plant-hire industry began in 1971 when he started as a Hire Desk Clerk at Stephenson Plant Hire in Ruabon, North Wales. His career flourished as he joined Hewden Stuart, where he dedicated 40 years and held pivotal roles such as National Sales Manager and Head of Business Development. Brian also established his own company, Delyn Consultants Limited, which focuses on the utilities sector.

As President of the CPA, the UK’s largest trade association for the plant-hire sector with over 1,900 members, Brian has significantly influenced the industry. He has been a member of the CPA Council for over 30 years and has served as President since 2017.

A Lifetime of Dedication Recognized

The European Rental Association (ERA) Lifetime Achievement Award is a testament to Brian’s profound impact on the rental industry. Presented at a prestigious awards ceremony co-hosted by the ERA and International Rental News (IRN) magazine, this accolade celebrates individuals whose career achievements have shaped the rental sector.

Brian expressed his gratitude, stating, “It is an absolute honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. I would like to thank the European Rental Association and International Rental News for hosting a fabulous convention and awards event. I have worked in the industry for over 50 years now and have been involved with the CPA for over 30 years, and I can honestly say that I enjoy working in the industry today as much as the first day I started in the early 1970s. There have been many developments along the way, but it is the people who make our industry what it is.”

The ERA Awards 2024: Celebrating Excellence in Rental

The ERA Awards 2024 featured a distinguished panel of judges, including Nina Aasland (CEO, Naboen), Stéphane Hénon (President, European Rental Association and Managing Director, Loxam), Hervé Rebollo (Director General, DLR), Murray Pollok (Managing Editor, International Rental News), José Cuadrado (Managing Director, Yanmar Compact Equipment – Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and non-voting Chair Michel Petitjean (Secretary General, European Rental Association).

Michel Petitjean praised Brian for his significant contributions, stating, “Brian’s dedication and leadership have played a crucial role in making CPA one of the most respected and oldest rental associations in the world.”

A Global Recognition

The ERA Awards 2024 recognized excellence across the rental industry, with shortlisted companies representing 11 countries, including Iceland, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Republic of Ireland, and the UK. This event underscores the global nature of the rental sector and the outstanding achievements within it.

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