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AFP: New fleet body’s board announced

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The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) – the recently formed fleet trade body – has announced the make-up of its board and structure.

Paul Hollick is chair, Stewart Lightbody is deputy chair and Rick Baird is company secretary. Sales will be handled by Peter Eldridge and Rick Baird, marketing and media by Peter Eldridge and James Pestell, finance by Debbie Floyde, AFP events by Julie Summerell, industry events by Debbie Floyde and David Brown, and committee structures and output by Denise Lane.

In addition, Martin Evans, Peter Millchard, Marie Jarrold and Chris Joyce will sit as board members.

The board announcement follows on from the release earlier this month of details about the AFP’s five specialist committees – covering Electric Vehicles, Low Carbon and Alternative Fuels; Light Commercial Vehicles; Future Roads; Risk, Compliance and Health; and Future Mobility Steering.

“The structure of the AFP is complete,” declared Hollick. “We are extremely excited about the calibre of people involved at both board and committee level, and are looking forward to seeing the work that they will produce over the next few months, as everyone rises to meet the challenges of the new normal.

“The coronavirus crisis means, we believe, that the AFP is even more relevant today than when it was first envisaged just a few months before we entered lockdown, with a very real need for professionals across the fleet sector to now share and access best practise ideas to handle the very many issues that are arising.

“Certainly, we are receiving a lot of interest from new members, which shows there is widespread recognition of the need for the kind of role that the organisation has been created to fulfil.”

Read more about the AFP in the July edition of Fleet News


Joining the AFP has been made easier with the launch of online membership applications through the organisation’s new web site – www.theafp.co.uk.

Fleet Operator Corporate Membership is available at £299 while Fleet Service Support Membership is available at four levels: bronze at £299 and providing one employee membership, silver at £500 with two employee memberships; gold at £1,000 with four employee memberships; and platinum at £2,000 with unlimited memberships.

Depending on the corporate membership level chosen, a wide range of added value benefits are available including discounts on employee training, the ability to provide company information on the AFP website, and opportunities for corporate promotions during AFP webinars and other events.

The AFP was formed in March, 2020, from the merging of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM). Membership to ACFO is now unavailable and all AFP memberships include entry to the ICFM.

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