Dave Cooper (MBE)


Dave Cooper was a founding trustee of the Lift Industry Charity. He is the CEO of UK based lift consultants LECS (UK) Ltd and has been in the lift & escalator industry since he left school in 1980 and is a well-known author and speaker. He is known for his passion for safety and training in the industry. He is a co-author of a number of books including “Elevator & Escalator Accident Reconstruction & Litigation”. He is a regular columnist in trade journals worldwide and wrote the safety column in Elevator World for 28 years between 1994 and 2022. He now writes the safety column for Lift Industry News. He is Chairman of the Lift & Escalator Symposium Educational Trust and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at The University of Northampton specialising in lifts & escalators. In 2021 he was awarded the Sir Moir Lockhead Award by the SOE for 30 years dedication to safety in the lift & escalator industry.

He was awarded an MBE for services to lift & escalator engineering in the King’s Birthday Honours list 2023.

Paul Masterson

Paul has almost 50 years of expertise in the lifts sector and is an experienced Company Director and Senior Manager, in addition to being a qualified Lift Engineer. He is Treasurer of the UK Lift Industry Charity and is a passionate advocate for safety and best practice in the lifts sector.

Julie Black

Julie ( Jools ) has been in the Lift Industry for over 10 years. She cut her teeth in the Platform Lift Arena working at Aritco/Gartec/Cibes/ Stannah selling and helping to develop the Home lift for Aritco. Customer care is her passion and she now enjoys supporting customers working as Sales Manager for Shorts Lift Industries. Part time she follows her passion for people and you will catch her coaching people and developing her own coaching business.

James Edge

James has been a part of the lift industry for over 20 years which has seen him as an engineer, manager and now a company director. Over the years, James has witnessed the hazards of the industry first hand, which drives his commitment to the charity and support for his fellow engineers.

Gemma Moore


Philip Rudd

Philip has over 40 years experience in the industry, starting as a draughtsman with one of the multi-nationals in 1981. After 4 years with a leading Lift, Escalator and Façade Access Consultancy firm, joined Jackson in 1993 and after undertaking various management roles, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2010.