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ACFO and ICFM to forge closer links

The closer working between ACFO and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM) will see them gain from representation on each other’s boards as well as the sharing of membership initiatives and joint promotion of the benefits of each organisation and their respective conferences, seminars and other events.

The development builds on an initial tie-up announced almost six years ago 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.

Well-known industry expert Nigel Trotman will represent both organisations on their respective boards to provide co-ordination. Trotman, who worked in the fleet industry for more than 20 years before retiring last year, is already a board member of the ICFM and is secretary of the Midlands Region of ACFO and sits on the organisation’s National Council. He will attend ACFO board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

ACFO chairman John Pryor said: “Fleet management is becoming ever-more complex as it is no longer simply about managing cars or vans, but about managing employee mobility. As a result employees with a wide range of job titles and operating in a cross-section of employment sectors – HR, finance and procurement for example as well as fleet – require greater knowledge and experience to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and value for money is achieved within their respective organisations.

“Jointly promoting the mutual benefits of both organisations will, ACFO believes, increase professionalism across the fleet management industry and widen the membership base.”

ICFM chairman Paul Hollick added: “The initiative to forge closer links with ACFO is a logical and progressive move and one that is completely in harmony with the objectives that I outlined in my keynote address at our conference in October last year.

“We are in a sense ‘two halves of the same equation’ and the decision to work more closely together, will further promote best practice and raised standards within the industry – something we are particularly passionate about at the ICFM.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.