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Acfo turns the spotlight on efficiency

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Julie Jenner

Key issues confronting fleets will be under the spotlight at ACFO’s annual Conference and AGM which will have a theme of ‘efficiency’.

Efficient drivers, efficient training, efficient fleet management policies and efficient technology and how they apply to all aspects of vehicle fleet operation and business mobility will be among the issues addressed by specialist speakers at the Conference.

Taking place May 23 the annual Conference and AGM is both a crucial information-gathering platform for ACFO members and guests, and a key networking event in the fleet calendar.

This year’s event is being kindly being sponsored by Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd and is taking place at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands, Weybridge. The event starts at 9.45am, with registration and light refreshments available from 9:00am.

The Conference will kick-off with Sgt Gareth Morgan, Supervisor of South Wales Police Driver Training tackling the issue of ‘efficient drivers’ through training and psychometric testing and will continue with David Nicholas, Fleet Consultant at the Energy Savings Trust, explaining how ‘efficient driving’ delivers the twin benefits of cost savings and improved safety.

Nik Butcher, Global Rewards Manager of RS Components, the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products, will focus on ‘efficient policies’ and notably highlighting how HR issues impact on fleet management.

Finally, the Conference will hear how ‘efficient technology’ can boost fleet operations from Paul Bandell, general manager Ingenium Dynamics, an integrated incident management and driver behaviour analysis system that has been brought to the market by FMG Support.

Additionally, there promises to be a major announcement by Nick Andrews, Head of Fleet Sales at Mercedes-Benz UK, who will also highlight the marque’s model range and future plans.

ACFO Chairman Julie Jenner said: “Once again a top quality and highly relevant  Conference programme has been compiled, which should be of interest to all fleet decision-makers whether they are professional fleet managers or ‘run the fleet’ against a background in HR, facilities, finance or procurement.

“The event will provide members and guests with the opportunity to hear the views of experts and obtain answers to key questions to enable them to further improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of their fleet.”

ACFO has a six-strong board of directors and there are two vacant positions arising from the resignation last year of Stewart Whyte and the retirement by rotation of John Pryor, Group Fleet and Travel Manager, Arcadia and BHS Group and an ACFO Director since 2006. Mr Pryor is offering himself for re-election. Also contesting the election are Caroline Gallagher, director corporate sales, Thrifty Car and Van Rental; and Caroline Sandall, Fleet Manager, Barclays Bank. The result of the ballot will be announced at the AGM.

Throughout the day there will be excellent networking opportunities for members and guest fleet operators from across the UK. Additionally the venue has exhibitions, simulators and trackside viewing from the gallery during breaks.

All the necessary paperwork has now been distributed to current members. There are some opportunities for non-member fleet decision-makers interested in ACFO’s work to attend as guests, by contacting the Membership Secretariat Office.

For more information: 01730 260162 or  www.cfo.org