ACFO to increasingly deliver best practice to public sector under new appointment
The appointment of Mr James, head of transport provision at Bracknell Forest Council, as a director of ACFO brings the board immediately back to full strength following the resignation of Liz Hollands for business and personal reasons.
Mr James, who has spent the majority of his fleet industry career in the public sector, has been involved with ACFO for more than a decade through its South West and Wales Region. For three years to 2008 he was the Region's chairman.
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said: 'We are delighted to welcome Damian onto the ACFO board. He has a huge amount of fleet knowledge and experience, particularly in the public sector, which will be invaluable in helping to deliver ACFO's best practice techniques to the segment.'
Mr James began his motor industry career in a Rover dealership before he took up a fleet administration role at Devon County Council and then moved to Exeter-based South West Water where he spent seven years as transport controller in charge of a 1,000-strong fleet.
In 2005, Mr James moved to Bracknell Forest Council to establish an integrated transport unit, which is responsible for delivering and managing a wide range of transport services across the authority.
Currently, the council operates an LCV-dominated 60-strong fleet. In addition, Mr James has a role in helping to manage the council's 1,000-strong "grey" fleet.
Mr James also sits on the fleet strategy team established by the Office of Government Commerce, an independent office of HM Treasury, to promote best practice in public sector transport procurement.
On joining the ACFO board, Mr James said: 'Over a decade I have learned a huge amount about fleet operations through ACFO and the networking opportunities membership has opened up for me. I hope other public sector transport managers will take up the opportunity.'