How did you get into fleet?
I was born into the motor trade as my father owned one of the first Renault dealerships in Hampshire in the early 1950s. I worked in the business before joining Hampshire Constabulary’s fleet operation.
What does your job entail?
My team and I are responsible for a 1,000-strong fleet covering 15 million miles a year. We run many vehicle types, plus motorcycles, and also take responsibility for maintenance of the force’s Marine Sections craft on the Solent. My day starts with briefings from area super-visors and I meet regularly with my line manager to discuss departmental budgets. The job ranges from testing new vehicle specifications to sea trials in marine craft and the odd flight in a plane or helicopter.
What advice would you give someone joining the industry?
Do not only concentrate on the motor industry aspects of the job – vehicle specifications, wholelife costs, service costs and residual values – look at issues such as risk management, environment and health and safety.
What is your favourite book?
Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab.