ACFO chairman John Pryor is to step down from the fleet organisation later this summer, it has been announced.

He is due to stand down at the body’s AGM, which takes place on 12 June at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, as he nears retirement from his day-job as fleet and travel manager at Arcadia Group.

Pryor has served on ACFO’s board since 2006 and has been the chairman of the organisation since 2014, while he has been an ACFO member since 1993.

Two new directors will need to be appointed at this year’s AGM as Phil Redman decided to retire from the board at the end of 2018; once they have been named, the board meet to elect a new chairman.

John Pryor, ACFO chairman

ACFO has a six-strong board which is completed by present deputy chairman Caroline Sandall, director ESE UK Consulting and a former fleet manager at Barclays Bank, Debbie Floyde, group fleet and risk and facilities manager at Bauer Media,  Denise Lane, head of group fleet at Capita and Richard Baird, new business development director at Marshall Leasing.

Explaining his decision to stand down from the board of ACFO, Pryor said: “I am taking retirement from Arcadia after 30 years so will no longer be involved on a daily basis in the world of fleet operations or the growing strength of mobility. It therefore seemed to me to be inappropriate to continue as both a director and chairman. There is so much changing in our industry that a body like ACFO, which changes and adapts, is needed more than ever.”

“I have loved every minute of my time with ACFO over more than 25 years and learned so much. I would encourage everyone who has fleet responsibility in whatever size of fleet to join and support the organisation, which I wish well for the future,” he concluded.

His final day at Arcadia Group is 31 August and Pryor said he plans to tour America for three months with his wife, Anne, once he stands down.