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Top fleet experts all set for industry conference

THERE are just three weeks to go until a series of industry experts take to the stage at the Fleet News Industry Conference.

Experts will deliver informative presentations and delegates will be able to take advantage of some excellent networking opportunities. The conference will take place on Wednesday, November 10 at the Hilton London Metropole.

It will offer senior managers and leading figures from rental, manufacturing, leasing, technology and a host of other fleet supply companies the opportunity to gain an invaluable insight into the latest industry issues and strategic thinking.

The conference is sponsored by National Car Rental and held in association with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). It will be followed by a dinner to unveil the FN50 analysis of the UK’s contract hire and leasing industry. The dinner is sponsored by National Car Rental, BCA, Kwik-Fit Fleet and Mazda. The conference speaker line-up includes:

  • Andrew Armitage, head of the automotive sector, Howes Percival Solicitors
    ARMITAGE will outline the basic duty of care requirements and explain how the legal authorities are responding to health and safety breaches. He has been providing legal services to the motor industry for more than 20 years including at Rover and BMW.

  • Brian Back, chairman of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association
    BACK will explain how to turn the plethora of health and safety legislation into profitable opportunities that offer customers value-added services. For example, provision of simple risk management procedures, like licence checking, new driver vetting and investigating accidents could provide support to fleet operators.

  • Simon Gulliford, group marketing director, Barclays plc
    GULLIFORD is instigating significant changes and building Barclays into a world-class marketing organisation. He will explain his approach to delivering customer marketing strategies that have ensured customer numbers are increased and retained at the likes of Selfridges, emap, Boots, Top Rank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Granada and Unilever.

  • Julie Jenner, Nokia
    JENNER manages a 1,000- strong fleet, comprising drivers on company car and cash allowance schemes and the question will answer ‘what fleets want from a supplier’. She will outline where the industry is failing and will discuss whether rebranding can change customer perceptions and help improve customer service.

  • John Kiff, director, International Car Distribution Programme (ICDP)
    KIFF spent 10 years in marketing management in car manufacturing and consumer durables before joining ICDP in 1994. Kiff is well versed in understanding the opportunities and potential of new niche markets that exist for suppliers.

  • Janet Entwistle, managing director, BT Fleet
    A FEW years ago, BT investigated the potential to outsource its fleet operation but decided against it and instead developed its own fleet management service. Entwistle, oversaw this review and she will outline the reasons for this decision. She will give a customer’s viewpoint and will offer a valuable insight into the services that are of most benefit and more importantly, where to make further improvements to existing services.

  • Richard Tarboton, head of the TransportEnergy Business Unit at the Energy Saving Trust
    TARBOTON is responsible for a number of programmes to promote the purchase of cleaner low carbon vehicles and more efficient vehicle usage across the UK.

  • David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, responsible for Transpor.
    JAMIESON, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Devonport, since 1992, joined the former Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) after being a Government Whip. It will be the second time Fleet News has secured Jamieson as a high-profile speaker as he spoke at last year’s Industry Conference.

  • Chris Chope OBE MP, Shadow Minister for Roads and Traffic
    CHOPE has served as a member of the Inner London Education Authority, a member of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and a member of the London Boroughs Association. He was elected Member of Parliament for Christchurch in May 1997. He was appointed frontbench spokesman for environment, transport and the regions and vice-chairman of the party with responsibility for local government.

    Fuelling a lively debate

    A PANEL of experts will discuss the latest thinking on diesel, petrol and LPG vehicles. In his inimitable style, Huw Edwards will chair the panel who will answer the audiences’ questions and analyse the impact the various fuels can have on the market and profits and what incentives are required to encourage fleets to opt for greener alternatives. Experts confirmed so far include Richard Tarboton, head of TransportEnergy, Energy Saving Trust, and Tod Evans, chairman, PSA Peugeot Citroen UK, and president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

    Sessions at the event are:

  • LAW AND FLEET BUSINESS- THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY?
    Andrew Armitage, head of the automotive sector, Howes Percival Solicitors Brian Back, chairman of the BVRLA

  • TRANSPORT POLICY IN GOVERNMENT - WHICH PARTY WILL WORK FOR YOU?
    David Jamieson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Chris Chope, OBE MP, Shadow Minister for Roads and Traffic

  • FUEL CHOICE FOR FLEETS - FUELLING CONTROVERSY
    Panel discussion: Chair: Huw Edwards, broadcaster. Panel: Richard Tarboton, head of TransportEnergy, Energy Saving Trust; Tod Evans, chairman, PSA Peugeot Citroen UK and president of the SMMT

  • GOOD SERVICE FOR BETTER BUSINESS – ARE YOU FAILING YOUR CUSTOMERS?
    Simon Gulliford, group marketing Director Barclays plc and Julie Jenner, UK and Ireland fleet manager, Nokia

  • ECONOMICS OF NEW AND USED CAR PRICING- MAKING MONEY OUT OF VEHICLES
    Michael Steventon, UK automotive group lead partner, KPMG

  • NEW MARKETS AND PRODUCTS – ARE YOU LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE?
    John Kiff, director, International Car Distribution Programme (ICDP) Janet Entwistle, managing director, BT Fleet

    For booking details go to www.fleetnewsindustryconference.com.

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