Paul Hollick and Caroline Sandall look to the future as they lead the Association of Fleet Professionals

The new association will create an increased voice through combined strength for employees with fleet responsibility

ACFO and ICFM have merged their operations to create the Association of Fleet Professionals. The new organisation brings together industry campaigning and lobbying and fleet operator and fleet service provider training and education into a single organisation.

Giving ‘increased voice through combined strength’ to fleet decision-makers – fleet operators, but also including those with fleet responsibility working in HR, finance and procurement roles and the fast-emerging mobility function – membership of the Association of Fleet Professionals will also appeal to companies supplying a wide range of services to fleets.

The board of the Association of Fleet Professionals will comprise: Caroline Sandall, current ACFO chairman; Paul Hollick, current ICFM chairman; Stewart Lightbody, current ACFO deputy chairman; and Peter Eldridge, current sales and marketing director of ICFM.

The Association of Fleet Professionals will become ‘the organisation for fleet professionals’ and will oversee fleet training through a newly established Fleet Academy with a number of committees launched to take responsibility for organising more webinars and seminars and an annual conference and other events as well as campaigning/lobbying. The organisation will also exhibit at other events organised across the fleet industry.

The Association of Fleet Professionals’ board will oversee the continuation of the work of both ACFO and ICFM, whose respective boards will continue in situ, while also managing subscriptions and sponsorship.

ACFO, founded 48 years ago, will continue to represent the interests of fleet operators in the UK promoting their views to government and its agencies, local authorities, motor manufacturers and industry suppliers.

Meanwhile, ICFM, founded more than 25 years ago, will continue to provide fleet managers, administrators, fleet service providers and those whose job responsibilities include fleet with the highest standard of education and training programmes which foster and promote best practice in all aspects of vehicle fleet management.

Additional fleet decision-maker benefits will include an Association of Fleet Professionals’ website – www.theafp.co.uk – featuring white papers on key issues and informative blogs; an online members’ forum; and thought leadership and guidance on major taxation and legislative changes.

There will also be additional online training and educational ‘masterclass’ content on a wide range of business-critical issues.

What’s more, the Association of Fleet Professionals will provide enhanced support to the Fleet and Mobility Management Federation Europe and the Global Fleet Consortium Network. ACFO is already a member of both organisations.

Creation of the Association of Fleet Professionals builds on existing close links between ACFO and ICFM. Four years ago, the two organisations forged closer ties to promote the benefits of professional fleet management and the importance of training and education, coupled with the implementation of best practice. That move built on an initial tie-up announced in 2010 when the two not-for-profit organisations agreed to work in association with one another on areas of mutual benefit and promote their respective organisations to their membership bases.

For more information: www.theafp.co.uk