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22nd October 2020



Ainscough Crane Hire has welcomed former long-standing employee John Lowton back to the company as QHSE director.

John joined Ainscough aged 16 in 1984 as an apprentice, gradually rising through the ranks before becoming a crane operator on the LTM 11000D telescopic and LGD1500 strut cranes. By 2000, John had progressed into contract lift management and was instrumental in the creation of the company’s development of successful lifting solutions for Heavy Cranes.

John was also key to the technical support side of the process and helped with the preparation of risk assessments and method statements. In 2003, John played a key role in the creation of Ainscough’s leading safety operation, the success of which saw him head up the Health and Safety Department for the Ainscough Group.

From 2014 to this year, John spent six years away from Ainscough, including a role as senior SHEQ manager with Wolffkran.

John now returns to Ainscough, assuming the position of QHSE director.

John said: “Working at Ainscough has always been dear to my heart and this recent opportunity to return has been more than welcome. I feel this is my homecoming and to be back part of the team at such an exciting time in the history of the company is the ‘jewel in the crown’ for me. I am looking forward to the challenge and making a difference.”

Commenting on John’s appointment, Ainscough’s chief executive Peter Gibbs said: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome John back to Ainscough. Throughout his career, he has shown a commitment to developing new QHSE and training measures, many of which help underpin the Make the Safe Choice culture that is so important to us as a business. He will no doubt have gained further experience in the past few years that will also prove valuable in developing increasingly robust and safe working methods. John coming back into the Ainscough fold is excellent news for Ainscough, and we all look forward to working with him in the years ahead.

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