Fleet Manager of the Week – Ian Thorn (CEF)

What is your job title?

Fleet Operations

What does that involve?

Monitoring the fleets, encouraging safety, purchasing vehicles, disposing of vehicles – everything to do with vehicles really.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Seeing the improvements you can make on safety and saving money – the two can go hand in hand and that’s what I like so much about Lightfoot.

How long have you been with the company?

11 years, but I did 15 years before in a different role. So in total, about 26 years. I was on the commercial side for 15 years and then I was an Area Manager for a major bank for about 10 years, and then I came back to this role. I am a lot younger than I look – I am still only 25!

Tell us about what led you to join CEF?

I have known CEF for a long time and it is an extremely successful and go-ahead company. It’s very close to my heart because I strongly believe in what they offer and their morals. So, what’s not to like?

What impact has Lightfoot had on the company, drivers and vehicles?

There are a lot of things, but vehicles definitely spend less time being repaired in the workshop, we see less wear and tear, less brake and tire wear, significant fuel savings and accidents have been reduced.

Lightfoot is going to be launching a consumer product, what would you say to people about that?

It makes you a better driver because you are more patient and considerate. You are more competent and relaxed as a driver, meaning you drive better naturally and you always feel a lot safer when you are with someone who is driving with a Lightfoot fitted. It’s a simple idea and extremely effective.

Tell us a little bit about your home life.

I’m madly into classic cars and everything automotive. I’m a passionate petrolhead really!

What do you do in your spare time?

I read lots of books about classic cars, I like watching rugby and I enjoy going out for a nice meal.

How would your friends and family describe you?

A sad petrolhead who needs to go out more.

What achievement are you most proud of?

It was really nice to see the Fleet Hero Award. We have put a lot of work into improving things and it was so good to see the recognition.

What would you say is your greatest strength?

I never give up.

What is your biggest weakness?

I put people up on a pedestal and I’m disappointed when they fall off.

What is the one thing people are most surprised to learn about you?

Once I raised money for a charity by standing on the top wing of a plane. It was brilliant, I raised about £3,500.

Are you pleased with the way everything is going at CEF?

Yes, I am very proud of my colleagues, the efforts they make and I am very proud of the company and the way we do things.

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