The Association of Fleet Professionals has made seven new appointments to its committees as part of a restructure.

Natasha Patel of Baringa and Aaron Powell of Speedy have been added to the Future Roads Committee while Steve Roper of Prudential, Paul Tate, formerly of Siemens, and Jacob Telemacque of King Sec are now part of the Risk, Compliance and Health Committee, while Stewart Taylor of Police Scotland has joined the LCV Committee and Craig Login of Vodafone has become a member of the EV, Low Carbon and Alternative Fuels Committee.

The restructure follows the formation of the organisation in March from the merging of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM).

The AFP’s committees play a crucial role in discussing current issues facing fleets and formulating advice and strategy, so having high quality professionals involved is essential.

“We’d like to welcome these latest seven recruits. They all bring an impressive degree of expertise to our organisation and, we are sure, will make very useful contributions to our discussions over the coming months and years,” said Paul Hollick, the group’s chair.

The association has also launched a new online EV Fleet Manager training course, which will run for the first time on 16 March 2021, alongside a new charter committing the organisation to fast-tracking the adoption of EVs in the UK, supporting members through the process of electrification. It will also provide best practice and education, and lobby Government not he conditions required to meet the 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars.

“We believe that 2021 will be the year of fleet electrification and, as the fleet industry’s leading professional body, we fully intend to play our part,” said Hollick. “We are placing a great deal of emphasis on the outstanding EV expertise that exists within the AFP and believe that it will attract more fleet managers to join the organisation over the next few months.”

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