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Published Mon, Aug 19th 2019

AFI’s Nick Higgins steps up to group COO role

United Kingdom 19/08/2019 – The AFI group of companies has announced the promotion of Nick Higgins to Group Chief Operating Officer.

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AFI group of companies, one of the UK's leading powered access specialists, has announced the promotion of Nick Higgins to the position of Group Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) with immediate effect.
AFI announced the restructure following last week’s acquisition of Facelift (GB) Limited, where the AFI group of companies also secured new long-term financing from Pricoa Private Capital. The acquisition takes AFI’s UK rental fleet to 7,500 machines and allows them to substantially add scale to the existing business.
Nick will assume overall responsibility for AFI’s UK rental operations as well as Group Services.  He will work closely with David McNicholas (Group Chief Executive Officer) and the current UK rental management teams, in particular:
•          Steve Williams (AFI-Uplift);
•          Pete Wajner (Specialist Rental Division); and
•          Neil Gellender and Graham Hawkins (HPA).
The move will allow David McNicholas to work closely with David Shipman (Chairman) on future strategy to take the AFI business forward and continue the development of the successful powered access Group.
David Shipman, AFI Chairman said:

“Nick has been an integral member of our Senior Management Team for almost 13 years now and throughout that time he has always put the needs of the team first.  Backed up by over 30 years’ experience in the industry he has made a success of his roles at AFI whether they have been at the sharp end of the business, or more latterly in providing invaluable support to the wider business through Group Services.  He is a great team player and this promotion is well deserved.  We all wish him well in his new role.”

Contact information

Kirstie Colledge
AFI Group

About AFI group of companies - We provide high quality powered access machine hire and sales, industry-accredited training and health & safety courses to ensure that anyone working at height is doing it at the safest, most professional way. From only three UK depots and 270 machines in 2002, we have expanded to 30 locations in the UK and six in the Middle East. We now have a fleet of more than 7,500 powered access machines and provide training for more than 27,500 people each year.

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