LAPV Future Fleet Forum announces Prof Chris Bovis as keynote speaker

Published:  17 April, 2015

TheLAPV Future Fleet Forum, a new event that sets out to improve standards in fleet and plant procurement, safety, compliance and efficiency, announces as its keynote speakerChris Bovis, Professor of Business Law at the University of Hull. Mr Bovis will deliver a presentation called: Strategic procurement - the benefits and opportunities for the UK industry, in which he will highlight how the public sector fleet an plant industry can procure strategically as well as raise standards for both public and private sector stakeholders.

The LAPV Future Fleet Forum (June 24, Stoneleigh Park) is designed to improve standards in procurement, safety compliance, and efficiency in the public sector plant and fleet sector and to drive sustainability.

The day promises to be spectacular because there will be a wide range of presentations and workshops from leaders in our industry, as well as driving demonstrations, an industry exhibition and a live debate. Sponsored byGeesinknorbaandHako, theprogrammehas now been finalised.

Keynote speaker Christopher Bovis is Professor of Business Law at the Business School of the University of Hull. He is an internationally renowned specialist in public sector management, public procurement and public private partnerships. His fields of expertise cover international business and trade law, transport, European Union law, anti-trust, energy, and telecommunications.

Ann-Marie Knegt, editor of LAPV and founder of the event, commented: ‘I am absolutely delighted that Professor Bovis has agreed to deliver the keynote address. He is very committed to taking the LAPV Future Fleet Forum to the highest level and to help address the challenges we face as an industry.'

Professor Chris Bovis added: ‘To achieve the objectives of EU 2020 Growth Strategy, the strategic use of public procurement is imperative. Engagement with the industry, innovation, streamlined qualification processes, flexible award criteria are part of the quest for strategic procurement, and the raise of the standards of procurement stakeholders in both private and public sectors is absolutely necessary to achieve this objective.

‘To deliver high quality public services, the public sector fleet management industry must engage constructively and in an open and transparent way with local authorities and the public sector to develop product and service specifications which are fit-for-purpose, offer competitive choice and provide sustainable solutions.'

Equally exciting is the announcement thatAl Goodwin, Commercial Lawyer for Foot Anstey- who specialises in collaborative working, public procurement, major projects (PPP / PFI) and complex contracts – will be delivering a presentation titled:Lemmings, Labradors and lions - How to make the procurement process more effective. In this talk he will highlight the most common mistakes buyers and bidders make, while providing the audience with his views on how to establish a truly collaborative procurement process

‘If buyers and suppliers are serious about getting the right fleet into the right contracts at the right price then the reality is simple: we need to get past compliance-led games of cat and mouse and start working together to use procurement as a real tool to deliver these results. Given the challenges with engaging in the necessary dialogue when in the middle of a live procurement, it really is essential that buyers and suppliers invest time in getting together outside the demands of a tendering process – if you like, meeting on neutral ground to establish common ground. The LAPV Future Fleet Forum offers the ideal opportunity for this,' commented Mr Goodwin.

LAPV Editor Ann-Marie Knegt added: ‘Having Mr Goodwin onboard the LAPV Future Fleet Forum is an absolute must, because he will be addressing the perceived ‘us and them' attitude that is currently hampering the improvement of standards in our industry.

‘In order to drive this forward, Prof Chris Bovis, Mr Al Goodwin, Mr Colm Mclister (Geesinknorba), Ms Sylvie Ganglioni (HAKO Machines) and several representatives from the public sector (TBC) will explore the topic of procurement in a live debate. Led by MrDennis Elliot- Managing Associate of Lilypad Commercial Services and expert in public sector tenders, PQQs and ITTs, competitive tenders and bid writing – the participants will explore how we can make the 2014 EU Procurement Directive work for us as an industry.

Supported by theCity of London Corporationand theChartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, attendees can gain four hours of Continuous Professional Development from attending the conference.

MrGlen Daviesfrom TfL with independent sustainability advisor Ms Kate Cairns will be addressing safety and work-related road risk, with a special focus on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Mr Davies commented: ‘TfL is working collaboratively with the construction and logistics industries to revolutionise the management of work-related road safety. Two projects in particular,Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme(FORS) andConstruction Logistics and Cyclist Safety(CLOCS) are leading the way in ensuring that road safety is considered as important as workplace health and safety. FORS is an accreditation scheme for road freight operators designed to promote safe working practices, legal compliance and efficiency and which allows operators to demonstrate compliance with best practice.

‘CLOCS, which came about to tackle the over-representation of construction vehicles in serious cyclist collisions, focuses on improving vehicle design and safety equipment, sharing good practice and the development of a common safety standard which both clients and contractors can sign up to. CLOCS and FORS work together, FORS accreditation is the way fleet operators show they fulfil the requirements of the CLOCS Standard.'

MsKim Harrissonand MsTammy Carter, Fleet Category Leads for the Crown Commercial Service, 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 entire public sector a comprehensive range of tools and EU compliant agreements through which these costs can be driven down.

On the day itself people can sign up for a range of workshops and driving demonstrations. During the first slot, MrVince Dignam, Business and Performance Manager for the City of London will be delivering his workshop: Public authority benchmarking: how to make the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) work for you.

MrPhil Clifford, Fleet and Transport Manager West Suffolk Councils, will be talking about a holistic approach to workshop management. During these two workshops, attendees can also choose to go outside to view and take part in the interactive driving demonstrations set up by the main sponsors Hako and Geesinknorba, as well as equipment from the other exhibitors.

MrVenn Chesterton, from Transport Travel and Research, will then highlight lessons learnt from the Clean Fleets Low Emission Procurement Project. He will also provide an overview of techniques for making fleets cleaner and greener, with a particular focus on total cost of ownership.

For the second part of the afternoon's workshops MsDorothea Carvalho's(CILT) break out session will consider how to win 'hearts and minds' of drivers about the value of CPD, and she also will present the results from CILT driver's shortage survey.

MrGeoff Rigg, Dennis Eagle and MrJason Airey, CMS Supatrak, will venture into the benefits of the connected fleet. They will explore with attendees how environmental impact can be reduced; plus how telematics reduce fuel, improve driver behaviour and reduce maintenance costs.

The day will conclude with Mr Al Goodwin's presentation and the debate on the 2014 EU Procurement Directive.

The LAPV Future Fleet Forum will offer ample time to visit the inside and outside exhibition with stands from the main sponsors HAKO Sweepers and Geesinknorba,Dennis Eagle,Mercedes Benz,Gullivers Truck Hire,Brigade Electronics,Riverside Truck Rental, andCILT.

Delegates can also take advantage of reduced accommodation rates for the LAPV Future Fleet Forum (visit Ms Ann-Marie Knegt commented: ‘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 atStoneleigh Park, which is easy to access for everyone.

‘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.

‘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 £99.00 by signing up before May 15instead of the standard delegate rate of £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


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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