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Press Release | 07 APRIL 2019

John Pryor to resign from ACFO as he is retires from the Fleet Industry


Long-serving ACFO director and chairman John Pryor is to stand down from the UK’s premier fleet decision-makers’ organisation as he nears retirement from his job as fleet and travel manager at Arcadia Group, the leading fashion retailer.

Mr Pryor will officially stand down from the ACFO board at the 2019 AGM, which will be held on 12th June. He has served on the board since 2006 and was re-elected at last year’s AGM to serve a further three-year term.

The chairman of ACFO is elected annually and Mr Pryor has held the post since 2014. He has been an ACFO member through Arcadia Group since 1993.

Mr Pryor’s decision to resign from the ACFO board and Phil Redman’s decision to retire as an ACFO director at the end of 2018 means the organisation is seeking two new directors to be elected to the board at the AGM. Stewart Lightbody, head of fleet services at Anglian Water, was co-opted on to the board to replace Mr Redman.

ACFO has a six-strong board which is completed by present deputy chairman Caroline Sandall, director ESE UK Consulting and a former fleet manager at Barclays Bank; Debbie Floyde, group fleet and risk and facilities manager, Bauer Media; Denise Lane, head of group fleet at Capita; and Richard Baird, new business development director at Marshall Leasing. By three-yearly rotation, Mr Baird is due to stand for re-election to the board at the 2019 AGM.

Mr Pryor said it was with “great sadness” that he was standing down from the board and chairmanship of ACFO, but added: “I am taking retirement from Arcadia after 30 years so will no longer be involved on a daily basis in the world of fleet operations or the growing strength of mobility. It therefore seemed to me to be inappropriate to continue as both a director and chairman.”

He continued: “There is so much changing in our industry that a body like ACFO, which changes and adapts, is needed more than ever.

“Fleet management is changing at a pace never seen before and the arrival of Mobility-as-a-Service, ‘big data’ and vehicle connectivity, plug-in vehicles and the eventual arrival of autonomous vehicles deliver new challenges for fleet managers to embrace in addition to established, but ever-changing ones, around taxation and legislation.

“Therefore, I believe that ACFO requires its chairman and directors to be actively involved in fleet on a full-time basis both to promote the organisation and its members’ views and promote fleet management as an industry and a career.”

Mr Pryor, who will leave Arcadia on August 31 and commences his retirement with a three-month tour around the United States of America with his wife Anne, added: “I would like to thank all past and present ACFO members for the support they have given me over many years.

“Networking and learning from each other is one of the many benefits that ACFO offers its members who, as fleet managers, frequently, function in a silo within their respective organisations.

“I have loved every minute of my time with ACFO over more than 25 years and learned so much. I would encourage everyone who has fleet responsibility in whatever size of fleet to join and support the organisation, which I wish well for the future.”

Mr Pryor, who will celebrate his 60th birthday in November while in the United States of America, concluded: “Following our United States trip, Christmas and the New Year at home I will decide what I want to do next regarding any work.”

ACFO will hold a members’ ballot to elect three directors with the result being announced at the AGM. Following the AGM, the new six-strong board will meet to elect a new chairman.


Notes for Editors

ACFO Ltd is a non-profit making organisation. It is the largest UK body representing the interests of businesses which operate cars and vans as part of their normal commercial activities.

Members are represented within ACFO by a named delegate, often but not exclusively, the fleet or transport manager of the member organisation. There is, however, a very wide range of job titles involved, reflecting the different styles of fleet operation. ACFO provides a national representation platform, and regional webinar-based networking opportunities, to support its key objective of improving the discipline and craft of fleet management, and its status.

Further information can be obtained from:

Ashley Martin at Ashley Martin Communications on 01733 390691, 07801 434338 or at

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