SAVE THE DATE - Elevation will return to the same venue on 27 November 2019!

IPAF's inaugural Elevation event!
Conference, Networking & Gala Dinner

Tuesday 25 September 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST, UK

The conference, networking and gala dinner take place in the heart of England at the Doubletree by Hilton on the outskirts of Coventry. Elevation is aimed at the UK powered access industry and is open to IPAF members and non-members alike.

The event is a chance for powered access professionals to meet and network, learn about the latest developments, and celebrate all that is great about our industry.

There will also be an opportunity to try a state-of-the-art MEWP simulator machine as part of IPAF’s ongoing virtual reality (VR) consultation. The person who completes a specific MEWP challenge with the fewest faults and closest to the target time, will win IPAF’s “Smooth Operator 2018” award.

See you in Coventry!

Elevation 2018 Gallery

IPAF Elevation 2018, UK

Programme & App

The programme for Elevatrion 2018 is now available to download in pdf format: Download the programme

The event app is now available. The app enables you to manage your agenda, see the latest programme, give feedback and interact with other delegates. Ensure you make the most of the app, download and log in ahead of the event.

Search and download The Event App by EventsAIR in The App Store (Apple iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Or use these direct links from your mobile device:
IPAF Summit & IAPAs - iOS (Install)
IPAF Summit & IAPAs - Android (Install)

The app is personalised to each delegate and instructions on how to login will be emailed. If you need assistance, email or IPAF staff will be on hand during the event - please go to the registration desk or IPAF booth.

Top class entertainment at IPAF's Elevation

IPAF is delighted to announce that Comedian Rob Deering will be entertaining guests at IPAF's inaugural Elevation event with his guitar-wielding, loop-layering unique style of performing!

Rob tours the UK with his critically-acclaimed solo shows. He is also a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as appearing at the Udderbelly Festival, Machfest, V Festival, Towersey Festival, Kendal Calling, Green Man Festival, Camp Bestival and Latitude. Also, his late-night music comedy pop quiz Beat This is a festival institution.

"As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army knife, Rob Deering is one of the best performers on the circuit"
The Independent

He is also a former BBC New Comedy Award finalist who regularly hosts The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra). Rob is a regular contributor to The Steve Lamacq Show (BBC Radio 6 Music). His other credits include Comedy Rocks With Jason Manford, Celebrity Juice, Out To Lunch and My Teenage Diary, amongst other appearances.

Elevation Programme

Before the main event in the afternoon, there will be a series of meetings that IPAF members can join:

  • UK Country Council Meeting - 09:30 - 12:00 in York Suite
  • UK & Ireland MCWP Working Group Meeting - 09:30 - 12:00 in Coventry Suite
  • IPAF Rental+ Workshop* - 09:30 - 12:30 in Canterbury 1 (Seperate registration required, click here)
  • UK Open Meeting* - 13:00 - 13:45 in Minster Suite 1

    (*Open for IPAF members and non-members)
The conference will be hosted by Tim Whiteman - CEO & Managing Director, IPAF.

  • 13:30 - 14:00 | Coffee and registration
  • 14:00 - 14:10 | Welcome and introduction

    Richard Whiting - UK Market General Manager, IPAF       

  • 14:10 - 14:30 | CITB update - engagement and future plans

    Mark Noonan - Industry Relations Director, CITB

  • 14:30 - 14:50 | Catalyst for change: Transforming construction

    Jo Fautley - Deputy CEO, Build UK

  • 14:50 - 15:10 | The changing dynamics of platform rental

    Malcolm Bowers - Director, Lifterz

  • 15:10 - 15:30 | VR today, tomorrow and the future

    Nigel Taylor - European Director, Serious Labs

  • 15:30 - 15:50 | New IPAF hoist course

    Angel Ibanez - Global Representative for MCWP & Related Products, IPAF

  • 15:50 - 16:10 | Coffee break        
  • 16:10 - 16:30 | MEWPs v drones

    Paul Lindup - Infrastructure, Construction and Engineering, Air Operations, Network Rail

  • 16:30 - 16:50 | JLG site of the future

    Jan-Willem van Weir - AWP Product Manager, JLG

  • 16:50 - 17:10 | Work at height - the importance of planning it right

    Ray Cooke - Construction Sector Safety Unit, HSE

  • 17:10 - 17:30 | What's new at IPAF

    Giles Councell - Director of Operations, IPAF

  • 17:30 - 17:45 | Q&A and close

    Richard Whiting - UK Market General Manager, IPAF

  • 18:15 - 18:45 | Pre-dinner drinks and networking
  • 18:45 - 21:00 | Dinner and entertainment
  • 21:00 - 23:00 | Post-dinner networking

IPAF Training Film Competition – Enter Now!

Closing date: 15 September 2018

Have you made a film to promote your IPAF training courses? If so, you could win a prize!

Shortlisted films will be screened during the event – and is an opportunity to showcase your services. Delegates will be invited to vote for their favourite film and the winner will be announced during the gala dinner.

No film? There’s still time to make one…

Send submissions to Faith Cobaine: by 15 September 2018.

Please note: there are size limits to the files that can be sent via email, if the film is hosted on YouTube, a link will be sufficient. If it is not yet public, please use a large-file sending service like

The Venue - Doubletree by Hilton

IPAF's Elevation conference and gala dinner takes place in the heart of England at the Doubletree by Hilton on the outskirts of Coventry. It's perfectly situated just off junction 2 of the M6 motorway and only 10 minutes from the city centre.

Doubletree by Hilton
Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST
Telephone: 02476 603 000

Special Rates
All rooms are now sold out, please see below for details on other hotels close by. 

Getting to the Hotel
By car: Get directions to the conference hotel
By train & taxi: The nearest train station is Coventry and it is served by Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains and CrossCountry. It is 5.1 miles to the hotel.

Other Hotels

Hotels close to the main conference hotel.

Holiday Inn Coventry M6 J2
Hinckley Rd, Coventry CV2 2HP
Telephone: 0808 145-3778
Just 0.9 miles (2.5 kms) from the conference hotel, around 3 minutes by car.

Macdonald Ansty Hall
Ansty, Coventry CV7 9HZ
Telephone: 0344 879 9031
1.6 miles (2.6 kms) from the conference hotel, around 4 minutes by car.

Coombe Abbey Hotel
Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
Telephone: 02476 450 450
5.6 miles (9 kms) from the conference hotel, around 12 minutes by car.


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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the Elevation conference (hereafter referred to as ‘the event’), taking place on 25 September 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Paradise Way, Coventry CV2 2ST, UK. This event is organised by IPAF. Registration is processed by IPAF, Moss End Business Village, Crooklands, Cumbria LA7 7NU, UK.
Participants register for the event through Payment is made in GBP £ online by credit card or by invoice as part of the registration process. Fees paid by participants cover admission to the gala dinner and networking event prior to the gala dinner. Attendance at the conference from 14:00 – 17:45 is free of charge.
Admission to events, exhibitions and conferences in the EU is subject to VAT in the country where the event takes place. The event is located in the UK and UK VAT of 20% will be included. Details on reclaiming VAT can be found at:
Confirmation of Registration
A confirmation of registration will be sent to each registrant upon receipt of payment together with an invoice. Delegates are asked to bring proof of confirmation to the event.
Change of Participants
Organisations/companies may change the names of individuals on their booking until 22 September 2018 at no charge.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellation by the Participant
Participants can cancel their registrations until 25 August 2018. Until that date, payments already received will be refunded (limited to the amount paid by the participants). However, a fee of £50 GBP will be charged to cover administration and banking costs. Refunds will be processed after the event.
In case of cancellation after 25 August 2018, a 25% refund will be made.
In case of cancellation after 18 September 2018 or in case of no-show, no refund will be made.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellation by the Organiser
If the organiser cancels the event for any reason other than force majeure, registration fees are refunded to registered participants. However, refunds are limited to the amount paid by the participants. The organiser is not liable for any other loss or expenses incurred by participants as a consequence of the cancellation.
If the organiser cancels, postpones or relocates the event on account of fire, flood, riot, earthquake, civil commotion, decisions taken by the national and/or local authorities, weather conditions, strike, lock-out, labour disturbances, explosions, sabotage, accident, terrorism, war, acts of God, or any other causes or casualties beyond the control of the organiser, no refund shall be made. Participants waive all claims for damage in this case.
Marketing & PR 
By attending the event and networking session, you are giving IPAF and its media partners permission to use photographs and/or footage of you captured during the event or networking session, for marketing and promotional purposes, including on social media. If booking on behalf of other people, you are confirming that you have gained their consent for this aspect of the terms & conditions.

Event App
By registering for the event, including the networking session, you are giving IPAF permission to list your name, company and job title on the Elevation 2018 app. This information is displayed on the event app and can be accessed by all delegates. If booking on behalf of other people, you are confirming that you have gained their consent for this aspect of the terms & conditions.
Please ensure that you have read the general terms and conditions. By submitting the booking form, you are accepting the general terms and conditions stated above.