Fleet procurement is launch workshop focus of new group promoting industry-wide best practice

Fleet procurement is launch workshop focus of new group promoting industry-wide best practice

Expert advice with the opportunity to benefit from best practices adopted by fleet managers with a wealth of experience is available at the first workshop being hosted by the newly formed Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG).

Launched earlier this month, FIAG – www.fiag.co.uk – is the brainchild of industry veteran Geoffrey Bray and a team of highly experienced professional fleet managers who collectively have around 200 years experience in running vehicle operations.

The organisation’s Launch Workshop focusing on fleet vehicle procurement and purchasing best practice entitled “Experience – Driving Change” will be staged on Wednesday, 21st May at the Arnold Clark Group’s GTG Training Academy, Bearing Drive, Wolverhampton.

A members’ recruitment drive is underway with FIAG charging a special introductory annual subscription of £350. Members are then able to benefit from the Launch Workshop, future similar events as well as white papers on key industry issues and critically free-of-charge advice and mentoring.

Additionally, FIAG, a not-for-profit organisation, plans to make an annual donation to Hope for Tomorrow, a national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes by providing a mobile chemotherapy unit to every oncology unit within the UK.

FIAG chairman Mr Bray, who has more than 50 years fleet industry experience latterly as the founder and chairman of Fleet Support Group before selling the business, which is now known as ARI Fleet UK, said: “FIAG has been created by highly knowledgeable professional fleet managers to enhance the knowledge, capability and skills of other industry professionals.

“Through FIAG fleet managers are sharing their many years of experience to further professionalise the industry to which they have dedicated many years of their lives.

“Invariably there is no right or wrong way or single formula to tackling a fleet issue, but through networking, communication and a hugely knowledgeable base of founder members best practice can be shared and adopted more widely.”

“The goal for every professional fleet manager should be to implement a sustainable performance programme in all areas of managing the driver, vehicle and journey.”

Fleet decision-makers that are founding members of FIAG include:

  • Graham Bellman, director of fleet services, Travis Perkins, with responsibility for a fleet of more than 4,500 vehicles and about 4,000 items of plant
  • Ian Houseley, health, safety, environment and quality director at The Clancy Group and responsible for driver risk management and training for a fleet of more than 1,500 vehicles
  • Justin Patterson, head of fleet management at MITIE Group, with more than 25 years fleet experience, is responsible for more than 7,500 vehicles across the UK and Europe
  • Ged Raymond, fleet manager of Belron, with more than 35 years industry experience and responsible for the 1,500-strong Autoglass fleet
  • Freddie Watts, fleet and transport contracts manager at Office Depot with more than 25 years fleet experience
  • Peter Weston, in charge of the Home Retail Group fleet of around 1,300 company cars.

To join FIAG and book a place at the Launch Workshop on Wednesday, 21st May go to http://www.fiag.co.uk, email enquiries@fiag.co.uk or telephone 05603 686869.

Editor’s notes

The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) is a not-for-profit organisation created to develop and share best practice in the fleet industry.

Through the considerable knowledge of its founding members, FIAG will provide fleet advice, consultancy, mentoring and support. FIAG will also assist with benchmarking and analysis of industry developments through the publication of white papers and the organisation of workshops.

FIAG is also dedicated to supporting Hope for Tomorrow, a national charity which raises funds to support the introduction of mobile chemotherapy units nationwide.

Further information on FIAG is available at www.fiag.co.uk and on Hope for Tomorrow at www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk