2010 ACFO AGM and Conference sees record turn-out
The cross-section of delegates attending the AGM and Conference had a range of different job titles across fleet, procurement, HR and finance which underlined the breadth of reach being achieved by the organisation.
They heard expert presentations from:
• Crash Course, a multi agency initiative involving Staffordshire Police collision investigation, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Staffordshire County Council and Victim Support, which gave a unique insight into the consequences of a road traffic crash from the perspective of the offender, victim and family suffering bereavement. The powerful presentation underlined the need for fleets to have in place risk management policies and procedures to reduce risk taking and encourage a behavioural change in at-work drivers.
• Nathan Male and Mike Moore, of professional services and business advisers Deloitte, who discussed the growing popularity of company car salary sacrifice schemes and the checklist of the issues organisations should consider when implementing such an initiative.
• Richard Bentley, of RMB Consulting, who has a 30-year background of investigative experience embracing both law enforcement and traffic management, and discussed parking problems and how fleets could deal with local authority officialdom against a background of a rising number of at-work drivers being on the receiving end of parking tickets fines.
ACFO also said it is continuing to embrace technology to further enable communication with members by pro-actively setting up groups on the business networking sites of Twitter and LinkedIn as well as relaunching its own website – www.acfo.org
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner, who was re-elected to ACFO's six-strong board of directors along with Stewart Whyte, said: 'The ACFO website is a crucial access point for all members to find out about the work of ACFO and its regional branches. However, both Twitter and LinkedIn, while not prime sources of information for many of our members, are an additional route of contact and information as we seek to continue to expand the influence of ACFO.'
Finally, ACFO has announced that its annual Fleet Awards will be expanded this year to a maximum of four new awards in addition to the long-established Fleet Car of the Year, Fleet Light Van of the Year and Fleet Panel Van of the Year Awards. The 2010 Awards gala dinner will be held on Wednesday 3 November at a venue in the Midlands.