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AITT Founding Member: Jim Brown (1935-2020)

We were saddened to hear about the recent passing of one of AITT’s founding members: Jim Brown.

Jim had an illustrious career in materials handling, having worked for several plant and forklift companies before training as an RTITB instructor.

In 1976 he founded Train-a-Lift, which he built up and ran alongside his wife Audrey.

Jim was dedicated to ensuring high standards for operator training. Using this passion, Jim motivated other training organisations to join him in creating AITT (originally called the Association of Industry Truck Trainers) in 1985.

Jim played an instrumental role at AITT, and was Chairperson of the standards committee for a number of years. Even after he retired, Jim kept up to date on the latest news in training and always maintained an interest in developments at AITT.

Adam Smith, Managing Director of AITT said: “We were very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family. The Association owes Jim a debt of gratitude for his invaluable input when AITT was formed. Jim leaves a lasting legacy, as he helped to create a foundation for training standards that we will continue to build on.”

The family stated that Jim, was a keen supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and have requested should you wish to offer any donations, they would be welcomed for his chosen charity:



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