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ACFO co-opts new board member

Date: 14 November 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleet operator organisation ACFO has co-opted Stewart Lightbody onto its board.

Lightbody, who is head of fleet services at Anglian Water, replaces Phil Redman, who has decided to retire at the end of the year. 

Lightbody, who joined ACFO two years ago, has 25 years of motor industry experience - including 18 years in fleet - having previously worked for Kier Construction and Siemens. 

He says he is looking to increase fleet decision-maker participation and engagement with the organisation.

He said: "Throughout my career I have tried to make a difference and inspire people to move forward and look at issues in a new way.

"I hope that I can apply that same methodology by joining the ACFO board and introducing new ideas and thinking and help to shape the organisation's future.

"I am very keen on engagement and increasing participation and I want to convince other fleet decision-makers that ACFO is the right organisation for them to join and that by doing so they will be taking the fleet industry forward."

Redman, who has been an ACFO director for ten years, said: "I no longer run a fleet on a day-to-day basis and I have looked on as the role of the fleet manager becomes ever more complex.

"When out of the mainstream, it is even more challenging to remain abreast of all the current issues and I felt it was time to allow a younger and more hands-on fleet manager to represent the membership on the ACFO board.

"Additionally, as a grandfather I want to spend more time with my family."

Redman added that he felt it was vital for ACFO to continue its strategy of international expansion through global and European organisations. 

ACFO chairman John Pryor said: "Phil has been unstinting in his dedication and support for and to ACFO over many years, and the recent changes we have been making to keep ACFO relevant in a rapidly developing and complex fleet sector. 

"I thank him on behalf of myself, the board and the wider membership for his work on behalf of ACFO. 

"Nationally, there are too few fleet managers with Phil's experience, knowledge and understanding of the industry, but in co-opting Stewart onto the board we have recruited someone who, critically, is a forward-thinking fleet decision-maker who can bring new ideas and thinking to ACFO from his years of hands-on experience in running major fleets. 

"I'm delighted that Stewart is bringing his knowledge and expertise to the ACFO board."