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The last word: Danny Alborough

Danny Alborough has managed the Gratte Brothers fleet of 200 vehicles for the past eight years. He is also ACFO secretary for the London East region.

The pivotal moment in my life was moving to the UK eight years ago. I gave up everything in South Africa for a better chance here in the UK. It was the best decision I ever made. I met my gorgeous wife here and we’ve got two fantastic kids who I’m very proud of.

My first car memory was when I was about five. My dad fitted an old steering wheel to a piece of wood so I could pretend to drive in the back of the car. Since then I have loved cars.

The three vehicles I would like in my garage are a Bugatti Veyron, Porsche Panamera GTS and a Range Rover Sport.

My favourite film is 300, closely followed by Pirates of the Caribbean. I like the bloodshed in 300 but also loved the comedy in all the Pirates films.

I want to be remembered as a hard worker who went out of his way to help others and make people laugh. Nothing is too much trouble and I would help anyone I can.

My advice to my 18-yearold self would be to believe in yourself and what you want to do and that hard work always pays off.

First fleet role: Co-ordinator of fleet management for my current company eight years ago. I enjoy fleet because it’s always changing, there’s always something you can change or improve upon.

Career goals at Gratte Brothers: I was promoted to deputy group facilities manager two years ago and I want to get a better understanding of hard (e.g. building) and soft (e.g. cleaning) services within facilities management while still running a safe, green and efficient fleet. I will hopefully achieve this by doing more facilities management courses in the coming months.

Biggest business achievement: The savings I’ve managed to make over the past 24 months while at the same time running a very safe and efficient fleet. I was able to achieve this by getting as much knowledge as I could through accreditation courses and by installing Quartix trackers in our vehicles, which allowed us to see where we needed to concentrate on to make savings.

Biggest career influence: My wife and sister. They have always been there when I’ve needed to rant, as well as giving me great advice.

Leadership style: Fair but firm.

If I could work in another profession: Sports management. I played rugby and cricket for 10 years and also got to try out for the provincial team for cricket, but didn’t make the final cut. I love sports nearly as much as cars.

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