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FIAG

WHAT IS THE FLEET INDUSTRY ADVISORY GROUP?

The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) is a not-for-profit organisation with an objective to develop and share best practice in all areas of managing drivers, vehicles and journeys:-

  • FIAG members will continually promote and support the adoption of professional fleet management for vehicles operating in the UK and overseas.
  • The considerable experience and knowledge of FIAG members is available to provide fleet advice, consultancy; mentoring and support. In addition, FIAG can also assist with benchmarking and analysis of industry developments.

Industry overview

The fleet industry continues to evolve and change and for those involved it is important that all aspects of running a fleet are properly understood and standards maintained. The goal for a professional fleet manager is to implement a sustainable performance programme in all areas of managing the driver, vehicle and journey.

The costs involved with running fleets are enormous. By improving efficiency and reducing incidents considerable savings can be achieved. Fleet managers need to have a good understanding of how fleets impact on corporate social responsibility which includes the environmental impact of the fleet, the wellbeing of the driver and the impact on company reputation when incidents occur. Understanding the intricacies of managing a fleet is a discipline which, for many organisations is no longer the responsibility of a dedicated fleet manager.

The traditional fleet manager is now rare and with their decline, companies no longer retain the in-house  knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a cost-effective and safe fleet operation. There is a real need to reintroduce into the fleet management process the skills, knowledge and understanding of others in the industry sector (a masterclass concept).

Change is never easy and the need for it not always recognised but as our country and the world begins the long process of recovering from one of the worse economic and social crises caused by COVID-19, it is extremely important that within fleets best practice processes are implemented without delay. This will protect investment, reduce costs, secure jobs, keep people safe and well and improve operational efficiency.

 

 

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MEET THE MEMBERS OF FIAG

Ian Housley

HEALTH & SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT

Formally the HSEQ director of a large construction company with responsibility for driver risk management and training for a mixed fleet of over 1500 vehicles. Ian also brings many years’ experience in fleet insurance and accident management to the group.

Geoffrey Bray

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Has more than 50 years’ experience in the fleet industry, from heavy plant to trucks, commercials and cars. In 1987 he founded Fleet Support Group, which became the largest independent fleet management group in the UK.

Graham Bellman

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Having previously worked for the TP Group, Graham’s role covered Fleet Management, Procurement, and Compliance, for a complex fleet working within the construction and distribution industries.

Peter Weston

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Over 10 years in the fleet industry, currently manages the Home Retail Group fleet of around 1300 cars. He brings a questioning approach to all aspects of fleet management, always seeking optimum solutions.

Freddie Watts

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Fleet and transport contracts manager at Office Depot, responsible for heavy goods, light commercials and cars used by the business within its UK operation. Freddie has been involved with fleet for more than 25 years.

Ian Brooks

RISK MANAGEMENT

Director of Oscar Strategic Consulting and former chief inspector with the Metropolitan Police, Ian has extensive operational and policy development of road-policing experience, and a keen interest in work-related road safety.

Andy Neale

DRIVER RISK MANAGEMENT

Andy has worked in Driver Risk Management since the late 1980s at Drive & Survive before founding the NFE Group in 2003. In 2020 NFE was acquired by RED Training where Andy now heads up the RED DRM and RED Wellbeing divisions; in a former life he was a serving police traffic officer!

Michael Appleby

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Mike specialises in representing individuals and organisations investigated or prosecuted for manslaughter, health and safety, environmental and other regulatory criminal offences. He has acted in many high profile cases including securing the acquittal of the rail maintenance arm of Balfour Beatty for corporate manslaughter in relation to the Hatfield train crash.

Ian Hill

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Retired managing director from Activa Contracts, part of the Arnold Clark Motor Group who fleet-managed some 100,000 vehicles including 45,000 on contract hire. Ian brings considerable and wide ranging experience to the group.

Kevin Basnett

MANAGING PARTNER GOUGHS SOLICITORS

Leads the management team and the firm’s strategic direction. He specialises in employment law and provides clients with pro-active, practical and balanced advice; whether dealing with individuals in unfair dismissal cases or advising employers on employment relations procedures, business restructuring or disputes. Kevin also specialises in tribunal work for both companies and employees.

Sarah Clifford

HEAD OF SERVICE DELIVERY FLEET SERVICE GB

With over 15 years’ fleet industry experience, Sarah demonstrates the desire to deliver industry leading fleet solutions. Her knowledge and experience together with her focus on engagement with all stakeholders ensures she delivers added value to her customers.

Martin Carter

FLEET MANAGEMENT

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Paul Ayris

FLEET MANAGEMENT

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