The LAPV Future Fleet Forum, June 24 Stoneleigh ParK, Warwickshire.

Published:  17 March, 2015

Following the very successful Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in March last year, LAPV continues its commitment to driving forward progress in our industry. The LAPV Future Fleet Forum (LAPV FFF) will be held on June 24 2015 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire and will address major challenges faced by fleet and transport managers in local authorities and contracting organisations, including procurement issues, compliance, and safety.

LAPV FFF has been designed to improve industry standards and promote innovative thinking, and the day will consist of a lively and varied programme with top-level speakers, workshops, a large debate and driving demonstrations. The informal nature of the Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum will be maintained during the day, providing a valuable opportunity for local authorities to network with central Government as well as private sector contractors and the suppliers to our industry.

At the end of the Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum last year we were able to come up with several conclusions that needed addressing to improve industry standards:

• Greater clarity about relevant legislation

• Greater clarity about fleet procurement processes and procedures

• Access to know-how on how to improve operational safety procedures

• Greater understanding about how local authority fleet management works in different types of councils be it: Borough, Unitary, County or Metropolitan etc

• Solutions to improve cooperation between all parties involved in the maintenance, and after-care of fleet, so downtime can be reduced and best value achieved.

Widespread industry support

The LAPV Future Fleet Forum addresses these challenges. LAPV will be holding a range of unique workshops for which people will have to sign up in advance because numbers are limited.

LAPV is extremely pleased to announce Geesinknorba and HAKO Sweepers as its main sponsors, and we are also delighted to announce support from the Chartered Institute of Logistics, (CILT), which has awarded four hours of Continual Professional Development for attendees. Dorothea Carvalho, the Professional Development Project Director at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) will provide a workshop on the benefits of CPD. The City of London Corporation is supporting the LAPV Future Fleet Forum and Business Performance Manager Vince Dignam will also deliver a workshop.

At this moment in time the keynote adddress is still to be confirmed, but we can reveal that this will be delivered by a leading expert in procurement and compliance.

Vulnerable road users

LAPV will also present a special vulnerable road user safety section. Glen Davies, Freight and Fleet Programme Manager at TfL, will discuss how the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety initiative will be rolled out for other HGV vehicles all over the country. He will discuss new legislation coming into force in London on September 1 aimed at protecting cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Kate Cairns, an independent sustainability advisor and a councillor for North Humberland County Council, will take over from Glen and provide a human perspective – Kate tragically lost her sister in an HGV accident and she has been vigorously campaigning for better safety standards.

Kate commented: β€˜The victim's point of view and what happens when it goes wrong really underlines why it is so imperative for councils to take action. Local authorities have to realise that we are talking about the deaths of real people – pedestrians as well as cyclists – and they could be our mothers, our daughters, our sisters our sons and our fathers. Local authorities can make a difference to ease the dangers, which steal and shatter lives forever.'

Kate will also talk about the lengthy tortuous process to change legislation. β€˜This is an important method to save lives. Local authorities don't have to wait for the legislation to change, and they can take voluntary action, which will give them benefits all round; financial, moral, corporate, business share etc.'

Improving fleet procurement standards

After the resounding success of the Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum last year, LAPV decided to invite the Crown Commercial Service to present at this year's event. During their presentation Tammy Carter (Fleet Senior Category Lead) and Kim Harrison (Senior Category Specialist for Vehicle Purchase) will discuss how the CCS is helping the public sector to take control of fleet costs. They will be presenting CCS's new strategy for fleet; focusing on understanding the whole life costs of running a fleet of vehicles and offering the whole public sector a comprehensive range of tools and EU compliant agreements through which to drive these costs down. This will also demonstrate how CCS's fleet frameworks can benefit its public sector customers in acquiring a wide range of specialist vehicles at the best possible value. The last confirmed speaker (at the time of writing,) is Venn Chesterton, consultant for Transport Travel and Research, who will be talking about the Clean Fleets Low Emission Procurement Project. He will be providing cash-strapped fleet managers tips on how to save cost on procuring cleaner vehicles on a low budget as well as reviewing the Clean Fleets Low Emission Procurement Project. Venn commented: β€˜I will provide an overview of techniques for making fleets cleaner and greener, with a particular focus on total cost of ownership. If you have a burning issue, which can't wait until June, there is a free helpdesk available at'

Interactive workshops

Dorothea Carvalho from CILT has a professional background in training and development with a significant proportion of her early career spent overseas teaching and developing courses. Following her return to the UK, Dorothea has worked in the professional body sector focusing on education, training and continuing professional development. Her current role at CILT is to manage professional development projects for the Institute. In her workshop she will cover the driver shortage survey carried out by CILT and how to make your drivers aware of the value of CPD.

β€˜The Institute appreciates the value in connecting members and the benefits that can be derived from cross-sector communications. As the LAPV Future Fleet Forum has been designed to enhance communication between the public and private sector, we are pleased to offer our support to this event,' commented Dorothea.

LAPV is equally pleased to announce The City of London Corporation as a partner, and Vince Dignam, Business Improvement and Performance Manager, will provide an interactive workshop on the value of public authority benchmarking and how to utilise the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) to its greatest advantage, while Jason Airey (CMS Supatrak) together with Geoff Rigg (Dennis Eagle) have created a bespoke workshop on the topic of creating a connected fleet by using telematics and in-vehicle diagnostics.

Phil Clifford, Fleet and Transport Manager of West Suffolk Councils and Founder of the Public Authority Transport Network (Freight Transport Association), was one of the main speakers at the Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum last year, and for the LAPV Future Fleet Forum he will deliver another top-class interactive workshop aimed at fleet and transport managers. Phil will be discussing how to approach in-house workshop management in a holistic manner in order to reduce downtime to a minimum, while remaining compliant at all time. Addittional speakers (including the keynote address will be confirmed later.


Several well-known industry names including: CILT, HAKO, Geesinknorba, Dennis Eagle, Mercedes Benz, CMS Supatrack, Gullivers Truck Hire, Brigade Electronics, Riverside Truck Rental and Max Holder have already signed up for the exhibition that will be held alongside the conference. This exhibition will provide a unique networking experience between suppliers and buyers, and the suppliers will be actively encouraged to take part in the conference proceedings.

Test drive opportunities

Attendees can also sign up for test drives of the different specialist vehicles located outside the exhibition building, providing a good taster of what they would be like to operate.

Procurement debate

The day will conclude with a debate on procurement standards between key players in our industry. Conclusions drawn from this discussion and from the whole conference will be in future issues of LAPV, as the magazine seeks to further promote the improvement of standards for our sector.

At this moment in time the speaker programme is still being finalised but the LAPV Future Fleet Forum is already promising to become the must-attend event of the year.

Easy to access location

Editor of LAPV and creator of the LAPV Future Fleet Forum, Ann-Marie Knegt commented: β€˜We understand how fleet and transport managers are under constant pressure to deliver best value, with fewer resources than ever. Our industry is time poor and this is why we have chosen to hold LAPV Future Fleet Forum in the central location of the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh Park, which is easy to access for everyone.

Improving standards

β€˜I am also determined to deliver on the promises we made at the Specialist Fleet Procurement Forum last year. LAPV aims to facilitate better dialogue between transport and procurement managers, suppliers and central government, so we can improve standards, which will in turn result in best value for the tax payer.

β€˜LAPV is bringing our whole industry together on one platform which actively addresses major challenges, including procurement, compliance issues, safety and operational efficiency. The LAPV Future Fleet Forum actively seeks to improve standards for everyone involved in our industry, be it the local authority fleet and transport managers, procurement professionals or suppliers.'

How to attend as a delegate?

Take advantage of the early bird booking rate of Β£99.00 by signing up before April 24, instead of the standard delegate rate of Β£175.00. Register at:

To sign up as an exhibitor please contact Jason Pidgeon on:

If you want to become involved as a professional organisation or if you have any questions about the speaker programme please contact: Ann-Marie Knegt,

For more information about the LAPV Future Fleet Forum, please visit:


Why attend the LAPV Future Fleet Forum

• To learn about the latest thinking and strategy planning for local authority fleet management operations

• To increase understanding between all parties involved in the procurement of fleet

• To remain compliant with the latest regulations

• To create a richer commercial dialogue so local authorities and private sector organisations can implement better fleet management strategies

• Debate key topic areas with other local authority and private sector personnel

• To discuss vital areas such as funding, the role of new technology for fleet management

• To improve industry standards and implement benchmarks

• To achieve best practice and best value.

Who is attending LAPV Future Fleet Forum

Local authority and private sector transport and fleet managers, operations managers in LA and private sector with a responsibility for fleet, procurement managers, suppliers, procurement organisations, central government representatives and industry bodies.

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