Fleet Managers Turn Trainers at UK Show

The team of fleet man­agers — includ­ing Andrew Hous­ton from Altro Group plc, Jan Kozlows­ki from Tris­tar World­wide Ser­vices, Den­nis Dugen from pro­fes­sion­al con­sul­tan­cy  WSP, Glenn Ewen from Clear Chan­nel UK, and Richard Mar­moy from Chiltern Inter­na­tion­al Ltd — have all agreed to give up some of their time in order to help inform those who are new to the pro­fes­sion.

The three ses­sions will cov­er the for­mu­la­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of fleet pol­i­cy, envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, and risk man­age­ment. Each ses­sion will be pre­sent­ed by two or three fleet man­agers and will last approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes.

Fleet Show orga­niz­er Jer­ry Rams­dale com­ment­ed: “We’re real­ly look­ing for­ward to intro­duc­ing the new “work­shop-style” train­ing ses­sions into this year’s Fleet Show. We have four lead­ing experts already on board with sev­er­al more hop­ing to join the team in order to cov­er the widest pos­si­ble range of skills.

“Pre­vi­ous “lec­ture-style” sem­i­nars have been very pop­u­lar. But we felt the time had come for a major change and the idea of get­ting a team of fleet man­age­ment experts to pass on some of their skills was too good to miss.

“And by involv­ing a num­ber of pre­sen­ters we aim to ensure that every­one in the audi­ence gets involved in the ses­sion, rather than just sit­ting back and lis­ten­ing,” added Rams­dale.

The new sem­i­nar for­mat is just one of a num­ber of changes to Fleet Show 2014, which is being backed by the three main trade bod­ies, the Asso­ci­a­tion of Car Fleet Oper­a­tors (ACFO), the Insti­tute of Car Fleet Man­age­ment (ICFM) and the British Vehi­cle Rental and Leas­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (BVRLA), who have all booked stands at this year’s event.

For exam­ple, for this year’s Show, the orga­niz­ers have split the Grand Prix cir­cuit in two, using the Nation­al cir­cuit for faster laps, and the Inter­na­tion­al Cir­cuit for road speed dri­ves. There is also an off-road cir­cuit for those wish­ing to try one of the many 4x4s on offer.

At the same time, the infield Stowe Cir­cuit will be brand­ed as an ‘eco-dri­ving hub’ for those man­u­fac­tur­ers with strong low-CO2 sub-brands. This will allow them to not only prove the fuel effi­cien­cy of their cars, but also to demon­strate how to dri­ve them in the most eco­nom­i­cal fash­ion.

There will also be a strong pres­ence of man­u­fac­tur­ers with elec­tric vehi­cles, includ­ing BMW, Nis­san, Vaux­hall, Cit­roen, Renault, Infini­ti, Vol­vo, Peu­geot, Lexus, Toy­ota, Hon­da and Hyundai. All are expect­ed to have their lat­est low emis­sion and EV offer­ings at the event on dis­play and avail­able for test dri­ving.

And, at the same time, elec­tric charg­ing com­pa­nies, includ­ing ABB and Charg­ing Solu­tions, will be exhibit­ing at the Show to allow fleet deci­sion mak­ers to com­pile a com­plete overview of the charg­ing infra­struc­ture avail­able.

A team of eco-dri­ving experts will also be avail­able on the day to help fleet man­agers under­stand how they can achieve, or even exceed, the pub­lished fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures for pop­u­lar fleet cars.

As well as the test dri­ving ele­ment, the Show will again fea­ture an indoor exhi­bi­tion in halls 1–3 of the Sil­ver­stone Wing, with up to 60 exhibitors demon­strat­ing some of the lat­est devel­op­ments, prod­ucts and ser­vices in the fleet are­na. This will pro­vide Show atten­dees with the chance to hold face-to-face meet­ings and net­work with exhibitors and oth­er vis­i­tors alike.

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