ACFO, the UK’s premier
fleet decision-makers’ organisation, is evolving with a series of changes
designed to better inform existing members and recruit newcomers, while taking
advantage of 21st century technology.
Founded more than 40
years ago with meetings and networking focused around nine regions of the UK,
ACFO is to reduce to one region and introduce regional webinars in addition to
continuing to hold its popular twice-a-year seminars on key issues.
Furthermore, as ACFO
further evolves it will continue to:
- Make its website - www.acfo.org - and its online
library of fleet policies, best practice procedures, fact sheets and white
papers and question and answer forums available
- Engage with other fleet and motor industry
organisations and government departments and agencies on key issues to deliver
the views of fleet decision-makers
- Publish its weekly ‘Newsfeed’ containing the
very latest ACFO and industry news
- Hold its annual awards recognising the best
fleet vehicles, initiatives and suppliers’ products and services.
ACFO chairman John
Pryor said: “The fleet industry and the role of the fleet decision-maker
continues to evolve and so must ACFO.
indicates that managers are quite prepared to attend a day-long seminar where
they can obtain a wealth of comprehensive information on a major issue
impacting on them, their organisation and their drivers and additionally quiz
knowledgeable speakers and network with colleagues.
decision-maker attendance at regional meetings that have already reduced to two
a year has been shrinking. Employer demands placed on fleet decision-makers
today, which increasingly sees them combine managing vehicles and drivers with
a procurement, HR or finance role, means they are finding it difficult to make
the time available to attend regional meetings.
“We believe that the
new structure, which will see the twice-a-year regional meetings replaced by
spring and autumn webinars to keep members up-to-date with the very latest
ACFO, regulatory and legislative news, coupled with our seminar programme
tackling agenda-topping issues will prove popular and less time consuming than
travelling to attend regional meetings.
“As a result, we hope
the development will act as a springboard to encourage employees with fleet
management responsibility to join ACFO and take part in the webinars from their
offices. Today’s technology enables fleet operators to interact and discuss key
issues without the need to network in person at meetings, simultaneously having
a positive environmental impact.”
board chaired by Mr Pryor will remain and the organisation is now asking for
members to apply for the positions of regional chairman and regional secretary
with their key role being to facilitate and chair the regional webinars which,
if demand requires, could be held more frequently than the planned two a year.
Currently below the
ACFO board is a 16-strong National Council - comprising the eight regional chairman
and secretaries - which will be disbanded in the new structure. The regional
chairman and secretary, who will be elected annually, will attend board
Mr Pryor continued:
“The board’s workload continues to increase and that is reflective of a vibrant
and forward-thinking organisation that is playing a major role in fleet-related
decision-making at the highest level.
“We are frequently
asked to provide - both formally and informally - views on a wide range of
issues to government and its agencies, and we work with many other
organisations on formulating responses pertaining to an array of fleet matters.
“ACFO is a members’
organisation, a conglomerate of best practice. ACFO punches above its weight
and I hope that fleet decision-makers that are not members will join to help
increase our voice.”
At the end of the
twice-a-year national seminars ACFO is planning to hold member-only discussions
forums to facilitate the discussion of key issues.
It is anticipated that
ACFO’s new structure will take effect from 1st January, 2018.