Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Recognising an individual currently working as a fleet manager in a UK public sector organisation that has demonstrated innovation, dedication and a commitment to making carbon reduction a priority in their day to day duties.

2017 Winner

Norman Harding - London Borough of Hackney

Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year: Norman Harding - London Borough of Hackney
As well as the dedication and commitment to carbon reduction demonstrated by his work for Hackney Council, Norman Harding has continued to spread the carbon reduction massage to industry in general. Working as part of the London Mayor’s Biodiesel Programme, Norman has contributed to guidance notes on the GLA webpage, presented to freight operators at GLA/TfL events, and provided real world experience of biodiesel to formulate an information video.

In partnership with TfL and LoCITY, Norman has pushed to introduce HVO as a viable alternative fuel for heavy vehicles, conducting emissions testing at Millbrook and demonstrating tail pipe reductions of CO (17%); CO2 (11%); PMs (33%) and NOx (69%). Norman also chairs a London based local authority network - Association of London Transport Officers (ALTO) - to help raise awareness of low carbon strategies.


Thomas Henderson - Fife Council
Fife continues to build on previous successes to ensure that it remains a top performing Council in Scotland. The Council currently operates 1496 vehicles in its fleet with an annual fuel bill is £4.6m. Fife’s fleet operations, led by Tom Henderson, have been a major catalyst for the rise in EV usage by the general public. Currently, the eFife charging network has 52 charging posts giving 104 charging facilities at 29 locations (22 are publicly available) strategically placed so that chargers are 10 miles apart. Initially, the majority of users were the Council’s own electric fleet, but in 2016, a total number of 20969 charging sessions took place across the Fife EV network, using nearly 149,500kWh of electricity. Charging EVs is still free to users in Fife.

Under Tom Henderson, Fleet Operations are continually reviewing alternative fuel vehicles along with introducing the latest EV’s into the Council fleet, the latest of which is a Renault Zoe with a reported range of 200 miles.

Terry Pycroft - Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council needed alternatives to the standard diesel fleet. Terry Pycroft set about removing barriers, such as a lack of vehicles in the market and difficulty due to additional costs affecting business cases. The Council has a large number of EVs. A combination of vans and cars have been purchased through the authority’s own alternative fuel purchasing framework. These are being utilised in a wide range of council services including facilities management, city centre enforcement, cleaning, construction services and fleet safety. It is estimated that the vehicles will generate fuel savings of in excess of £25,000.

Maintenance of the EVs is conducted in-house. All drivers were given vehicle familiarisation sessions from the council’s safety team as the vehicles started to be integrated into the fleet. Residents in Leeds who own ultra low emission vehicles can apply for a free 12-month permit, which can be used in pay and display bays on the street and in council run car parks.

2016 Winner: John Gorton - Kent and Essex Police

2016 Winner

John Gorton - Kent and Essex Police

John Gorton is responsible for a huge fleet that deploys from 150 locations, across 3,075 square miles. Under his leadership, Transport Services has already delivered over £3m in fleet savings alone. As a proactive member of the National Association of Police Fleet Managers, John engages in several national working groups, including the standardisation of UK police vehicles. His commercial focus has captured the attention of both Chief Officer Boards, who have asked John to support the wider savings agenda using the same core fleet management principles and technology.


Tom Henderson – Fife Council
In October 2014, Fife Council’s Fleet Operations joined the ECOStars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which provides recognition, guidance and advice on operational best practice to operators of goods vehicles, buses and coaches. Since then, the fleet has seen continous improvement by introducing low carbon vehicles. Numbers currently stand at 26, including three hybrids which are supported by a portable EV charging unit. Additionally, Fife’s meals on Wheels service will be introducing its second electric van this year.

Graham Telfer – Gateshead Council
Graham’s knowledge of the practices and procedures which reduce fleet mileage has been put to good use by many organisations by across the country. Encouraged by the success of pioneering the use of bio-diesel (95/5 per cent blend) in the mid 90s, he was responsible for undertaking trials of an increased blend (80/20 per cent). The use of alternative fuels continued with LPG and the more recent introduction of various hybrid and electric vehicles. Currently, Graham is nvolved in the ZERE Project to help deliver range extended electric vehicles using hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Mark Armstrong-Read – Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
DCHS has 2,000 grey fleet and lease cars. As sustainable travel lead, Mark Armstrong-Read has been responsible for many improvements during the last five years. Expansion of zero and ultra low emission vehicles now sees the Trust operate 12 hybrids (seven Outlander PHEVs, four Yarises and one Auris) alongside seven Aygos and three Nissan e-NV200 electric vans. Lease car policy changes included incentives for cars below 110g/km. Average CO2 of new lease cars in last 12 months is 102.5g/km compared with the national average of new UK cars of 121.4g/km.

Ian Bourton – Oxford City Council
Ian has restructured the fleet operations at Oxford City with efficiency, quality and environmental benefits at the forefront of his objectives. With a fleet of over 320 road registered vehicles and 350 trailers and plant, the latest technology and a robust procurement strategy have brought step change to the fleet operation. Cost savings have exceeded £100,000 to date and continue to fall. Ian and his team will continue to introduce fleet initiatives. Recent successful ULEV bids will lead to a comprehensive charging site infrastructure in Oxford for EV owners, along with a hydrogen fuel filling station.

2015 Winner

Bob Murphy - Edinburgh College

This years’ winner has overseen the introduction of 10 electric vehicles, including 2 electric pool cars, plus an electric minibus. The cars have covered a distance of 100,000 miles to date and saved around 32 tonnes of CO₂.


Graham Telfer, Gateshead Council
Gary McRae, Dundee City Council