Not simply satisfied with setting British Gas up for its medium-term future by implementing and actioning a robust sustainability plan, including full transition to electric across its near-11,000 cars and vans by 2025, head of fleet Steve Winter is also working on a succession plan to ensure a smooth transition to the next incumbent.
Fleet is undergoing its biggest transformation in a generation, perhaps ever: electric vehicles, mobility, legislation, data and technology are all impacting on the job, adding pressure but also making it a stimulating place to work.
The skills required of tomorrow’s fleet manager need to evolve to meet the challenge and Winter, while confident about his own succession planning, questions where the new breed of decision-makers is coming from.
“The fleet industry is full of massive change with unprecedented levels of complexity and change over the past two or three years; the role is developing into something else,” he says. “It’s almost too big for one fleet manager; it needs to be supplemented by a number of key people to support that person.”