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ACFO highlights “cradle to grave” best practice at 2013 Conference

The event takes place on Thursday 16th May at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby, Northamptonshire and is being sponsored by EDF Energy.

Experts who will be speaking on the theme of “A Day in the Life of a Vehicle – from birth to end of life” include:

Mike Campbell, a procurement consultant specialist at PMMS Consulting Group, who will focus on a vehicle’s “birth” on to the fleet by getting the tendering, procuring and financing of models right.

Matthew Walter, head of LeasePlan UK Consultancy Services, who will tackle the “teenage years” including supplier relationship management and adapting to new initiatives and developments.

Steve Huddart, service, maintenance and repair leader, GE Capital, and John Pryor, purchasing and contracts manager, Arcadia, and an ACFO director, will discuss “middle age” and issues around vehicle maintenance, fuel management and managing relationships with manufacturers and the independent service, maintenance and repair network

Finally, the “twilight years” will see Jim McNally, chairman of the BVRLA’s Residual Value and Remarketing Committee, and Caroline Sandall, fleet manager, Barclays, and an ACFO director, focus on managing the vehicle defleet process and end of life charges.

During the conference, delegates will also hear from Kate Armitage, electric vehicle team manager at event sponsors EDF Energy; and Phil Robson, Peugeot’s head of fleet.

ACFO director and deputy chairman Damian James, who has organised the speaker line-up, 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.’

The AGM will also see the election of new ACFO directors. The association has a six-strong board and there are two vacant positions arising from the retirement by rotation of Julie Jenner, key solutions manager UK, GE Capital, an ACFO director for 10 years and chairman for seven years, and Brian Ingham.

ACFO finance director Ingham, who will be 65 later this year, is not standing for election. He joined ACFO in 1990 and has served as a director for 10 years having been first elected in 2003.

However, Julie Jenner is offering herself for re-election. Also contesting the election are Julie Summerell, managing director, TR Fleet, who has had a 20-year association with ACFO and is currently Midlands Region chairman; and Richard Baird, head of new business development, Marshall Leasing, who has had a 24-year association with ACFO and is London East Region chairman. The result of the ballot will be announced at the AGM.

Following the conclusion of the Conference and AGM at about 3pm, delegates will be able to attend the GreenFleet Arrive ‘N’ Drive event taking place all day at the venue.

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 on 01865 342102/[email protected]

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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.