Private Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Recognising an individual currently working as a fleet manager in a private sector company that has demonstrated a commitment to making carbon reduction a priority in their day to day duties, and has promoted green fleet practices to other parts of their organisation.

2017 Winner

Justin Laney - John Lewis Partnership

Private Sector Fleet manager of the Year Award winner: Justin Laney - John Lewis Partnership

Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK. Justin now manages the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) fleet of 3000 commercial vehicles and 1500 cars. One of the main priorities is the further reduction of emissions in a fleet already recognised for its environmental credentials. Areas of focus are using biomethane in place of diesel in heavy trucks, high capacity vehicles, aerodynamics, and other methods based on good science and rigorous testing.

Earlier this year, Waitrose introduced a fleet of Scania manufactured CNG trucks - the first in Europe to use twin 26-inch diameter carbon fibre fuel tanks which store gas at 250 bar of pressure to increase range from around 300 miles to as much as 500. The gas is known to be one of the most cost-effective and lowest carbon alternatives to diesel for HGVs and is about 40 per cent cheaper for fleet operators to use, with an up to 83 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis.


Darren Moon - Jersey Post Group
Fleet manager Darren Moon compiled Jersey Post’s road safety policy and promoted it to all drivers. This has helped to reduce total fleet cost by over £21,000. The diesel bill alone has been reduced by £22,000 over the last three years, mainly down to switching to cleaner alternative fuels, with accidents also falling year on year.

Before potential new employees attend an interview, they have a 30-minute driving test with Darren which covers basic driving skills, awareness, speed and reversing. Over this past year, Darren has worked in partnership with a local electricity company in promoting the cost efficiency of EVs, their reliability and how they have benefitted major companies in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Also in 2017, Jersey Post has replaced 30 diesel vans for fully electric versions, reducing 180,000 tonnes p.a. of CO2 emissions. In 2018, plans are underway to introduce larger fully electric vans to replace its diesel parcel vehicle fleet.

Darren Smith - Heathrow Airport
The environment plays a key part in Heathrow’s future and in recognition of this, Heathrow has a team of highly skilled and dedicated people working to improve noise and air quality through the management and delivery of certain work streams. One such work stream is led by Darren Smith, Heathrow’s Fleet Standards and Delivery Manager.

Darren is responsible for all Heathrow’s owned and leased vehicles and associated contracts and is a leading figure in the implementation of Heathrow Airport's Ultra Low Emission Zone due to be in place in 2025. Working closely with many business units, Darren, along with his team, has transformed the Heathrow fleet from four Nissan Leafs in 2016 to approaching 55 full electric and plug in hybrids to date, which includes Nissan Leafs, ENV200s, BMW i3s, Renault Kangoos and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs.

2016 Winner

Alan Baker - Galliford Try

Private Sector Fleet manager of the Year Award winner: 2016 Winner: Alan Baker - Galliford Try

As fleet manager for Galliford Try, Alan Baker manages a central hire and service desk that is challenged with providing the right vehicle to copewith the varied requirements of a diverse Group of Companies from the tip of Cornwall to the Shetland Isles. Various procurement options keep environmental considerations at the forefront. By clearly demonstrating whole life costs to users, the average CO2 across the company car fleet of 2,400 vehicles is now just 101g/km today. Nearly 10 per cent of the fleet are plug-in hybrids, with 115 Mitsubishi Outlanders as well as an increasing number of Golf GTE’s and Tesla cars. These are suitable for staff who drive up 20,000 miles per year and can be charged at a number of company locations. Due to the dedicated focus of Alan, in recent years Galliford Try has already hit the target of at least five per cent of vehicles being electric by 2020.


Chris Beattie – WEGO Couriers
Chris has been at the vanguard of eco-friendly delivery solutions. Former company Pedal Express Ltd was using load carrying bicycles for last mile deliveries as early as 1998. Chris went on to successfully develop and expand the company, with clients such as Experian, Nottinghamshire County Council, Cartwright King and Boots coming on board. Pedal Express evolved into WEGO Couriers and became certified bio-hazard couriers as business expanded into the medical sector. WEGO currently serves clients in a diverse range of industries, including engineering, legal, retail, food, transport and the Arts. In July 2015, 58.82 per cent of deliveries were carbon neutral, with Chris actively seeking to source larger electric vehicles.

Darren Moon – Jersey Post
Apart from the economic benefits of reducing day-to-day operating costs, Darren has been responsible for the introduction of electric vehicles which have significantly reduced Jersey Post’s carbon footprint. The company currently operates fifteen electric vans (e-NV200s), 22 electric bicycles and a Renault ‘Twizzy’ (for in-town courier work). These were introduced without any government funding. Over the next four years the plan is to continue increasing this greener fleet profile in line with our annual renewal strategy, including an additional 15 electric vans in 2017.

Will Smith – Britvic
Will is responsible for ensuring Britvic’s fleet of 515 vehicles is as green as possible. The use of hybrid and electric vehicles is promoted in all company car literature, and for each level of employee ‘band’, Britvic provides two or three hybrid or electric alternatives, advertising the ‘whole life cost’ of a vehicle to the employee. This is championed by the PLC Executive team, whose company cars are all fully electric. Pool vehicles are plug-in hybrids, and trials are currently underway of hybrid and electric technology for the LCV fleet. Free charging points feature at Britvic’s offices and these are currently being rolling out to the manufacturing sites, including both ‘fast charge’ and regular charging solutions.

2015 Winner

Sam Clarke, Gnewt Cargo

This years’ winner has overseen the implementation of electric vehicles into their day to day business, right from the outset, and now oversees a fleet that handles up to 20,000 parcel deliveries every day. Their goal is to operate the largest fully-electric fleet anywhere in the world!


Colin Watson, Gentoo
Darren Smith, Heathrow