Fleet Day is a fantastic opportunity for fleet managers and others in the industry to gain insight into challenges and solutions facing the transport industry. This year’s event is centred around road safety, EV strategies and technology, and heavy transport challenges and solutions.
We've got a fantastic lineup of industry-leading speakers delivering informative presentations on the most relevant topics facing our industry, as well as panelists discussing trends, challenges and solutions. Watch this space, our full lineup of speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.
Matt has worked in the fleet world for over 15 years, firstly at BP, before moving to the NZ Police Fleet Team where he spent 11 years. During his time with the Police he delivered the first Skoda patrol car for the fleet. Now Fleet Manager at WorkSafe New Zealand he looks after a fleet of over 200 vehicles and uses EROAD data insights to improve the way their fleet is used.
Andrew has more than 28 years experience in the Oil, Gas and Transmission & Distribution sectors. As Transpower’s Senior Principal Engineer, Andrew is involved working across the business in future focused roles relating to decarbonising transport, new customer connections, Grid options and new technologies.
Liz is the founder and Managing Director of Retyna, a consultancy focusing on transport electrification, and a Director of ChargeNet, New Zealand’s largest EV charging network. Retyna’s recent projects include coordinating the charging infrastructure for the Southern Hemisphere’s first electric ferry now operating in Wellington and assisting the government of New South Wales with implementing their EV policies. Prior to founding Retyna, she was General Manager Transport at EECA where she led EECA’s electric vehicle programme.
With 21 years’ service, Sergeant Steven Jones has a wealth of experience in road policing. He currently leads the Waikato Serious Crash unit, a team who attend and investigate all serious injury and fatal crashes that occur within the Waikato district. In 2018 Steve was awarded a District Commander’s commendation for passion and commitment to reducing deaths and serious injury on our roads. In 2019 Steve was recognised at the Brake Fleet Safety Awards in the outstanding commitment category.
Nick Leggett took up the role of chief executive of the Road Transport Forum New Zealand (RTF) in December 2018. RTF provides unified national representation for three trucking associations across New Zealand. Nick has had a distinguished career in local government serving two terms as Mayor of Porirua City from 2010-16 and was at that time the youngest Mayor in New Zealand.
Prior to joining the RTF, Nick was Executive Director of the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council. He is a Director of Port Investments and Wellington Regional Rail along with MITO. Along with representing our industry to government and the media, Nick is a regular commentator in his own right on RNZ and Newstalk ZB.
Mark is the Director of Regional Transport Connections at the Waikato Regional Council. Mark’s career spans operational and policy roles in natural resource management, urban planning and transport. He is passionate about sustainable transport and believes deeply in the mission his team at Waikato Regional Council are on: Enhancing people's lives and shaping the future with outstanding transport solutions.
James Smith has forty years of transport experience with a variety of roles from sales to transport management. James has been with the National Road Carriers Association for fourteen years. The Association's members range from single vehicle operators to large multi modal global logistics companies. The Association has a track record of assisting members to operate successful and compliant businesses.
Fleet operators are facing a period of significant change, as they shift beyond many of the challenges faced over the past two years. In this session, Ben Selwyn will present results from the 2022 Corporate Fleets Insight Survey, explaining how successful fleet professionals are embracing change to achieve excellence and drive better outcomes for their organisation. Ben Selwyn is a highly experienced research consultant who works closely with clients in the automotive, construction, financial services, and technology sectors. Ben leads the ACA Research automotive practice, providing strategic insights to leading OEMs, aftermarket suppliers, FMOs, and technology providers, leveraging his industry knowledge and research expertise to help them uncover actionable insights that empower them to move forward with confidence.
Harriet Shelton has worked in transport planning and policy for 25 years, mostly within local government, and recently made the move to central government. Having qualified in Resource and Environmental Planning (Hons) at Massey University she initially worked in regulatory planning before transferring to transport planning while living in the UK. After a number of council and consultancy roles, Harriet spent 6 years as Principal Planner at Transport for London advising the Mayor of London on the strategic transport implications of major urban development and planning policy proposals. Since returning to New Zealand in 2012, Harriet’s work has focused on strategic policy advice and collaboration in transport, urban planning and infrastructure. Until February 2020 Harriet led a team of 14 advisors and analysts at Greater Wellington Regional Council providing regional leadership, strategic transport advice and analytics. In her current role at the Ministry of Transport, Harriet leads a policy team focussing on strategic freight and supply chain issues spanning rail, road freight, ports and shipping.
Paul Illmer started his career in the heavy transport industry in 1997 as parts manager at a Northern Victoria truck dealership. He continued in various heavy vehicle retail roles until 2003 where he moved to Brisbane to work for Volvo Group Australia. In 2003 Illmer was appointed Mack Trucks Australia Product Manager where he managed the commercial launches for Eu4 MP8 engine, Eu5 MP8 engine, MP10 engine and mDrive transmission. In 2012, Illmer began his Volvo Trucks brand career where he managed the launch of the new FH model range and was appointed Vice President – Sales Strategy & Support in 2014. In this role he led a team of 25 people responsible for Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks in the areas of Product Management, Truck Sales Process IT, Driver Training, Sales Order Planning & Business Intelligence. He was also the market interface for Autonomous Vehicles and Electro-mobility. Today Illmer is responsible for Emerging Technology at Volvo Group Australia and holds the position of Vice President with responsibility for electric, hydrogen and automated truck commercialisation. He is a member of the Swedish Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Australian Industry Group, Australian Logistics Council, Australian Trucking Association and Volvo Group Australia Dealer Council. He is also a board director with the Electric Vehicle Council.
Jack is the founder and Managing Director of Optimal Fleet Solutions Limited (OptiFleet). Jack and the OptiFleet team are industry experts delivering unique consultancy services, developing bespoke technology tools and asset management solutions. The team has a strong focus on product and process sustainability, driver and vehicle safety, independent lifecycle modelling, assisting with the transition to low emission and electric vehicles through the development of tailored decarbonisation planning and implementation. OptiFleet lead with fleet audits, change behaviour and management planning for decarbonisation, evidence-based GPS led optimisation studies, fit-for-purpose vehicle requirements/specifications, strategic capital replacement plans and new vehicle procurement.
Richard is the founder of Power Trip, a tech company working to make the transition to electric vehicles easier for drivers. He has 15 years experience in energy, transport, technology and finance, including work for the NZ Government, Citibank and Strata Energy. Richard is also an electric motorcycle enthusiast and a professional kickboxer with a 28 - 11 record under his belt. In 2022 Power Trip has been creating technology to support the Ministry for the Environment's Battery Stewardship Program, and to accelerate EV utilisation and uptake among fleets with new route planning and charging management services.
First time speaking at Fleet Day, Jonny has spent over 20 years working within the energy and sustainability industry. His multitude of roles across low carbon technology and commercial energy efficiency gives him a wide breadth of knowledge. Jonny is one of the leading EV charging infrastructure experts in NZ with years of experience integrating smart charging systems to support the growing needs of Electric Vehicles. Jonny and his team at Thundergrid help fleet operators transition to electric by doing the heavy work in designing, installing, and managing mass EV charging infrastructure across homes and facilities to make it easy.
Sam has a Masters in Geotechnical Engineer and Engineering Geology from the University of New South Wales, and spent 6 years delivering large scale infrastructure projects for the resource sector. More recently Sam spent 4 years with EO Charging building the commercial arm of their business across Europe. He led the initial engagement, contract negotiations, and delivery of the Amazon rollout. He was also responsible for building EO’s Engineering and Service Management teams who deliver and support all of EO’s commercial customers worldwide.
Brad has supported the transport industry for over 20 years, leading many sustainability initiatives from engineering and technical perspectives. This has included work in Antarctica for the New Zealand Antarctic program, the introduction of Diesel after-treatment systems, fuel reduction initiatives along with the successful implementation of EV trucks into the Genesis fleet.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is a government agency whose purpose is to mobilise New Zealanders to be world leaders in clean and clever energy use. Our strategic focus areas are based on influencing the energy decisions in the transport, business, and residential sectors. The Transport team takes a portfolio view of all investments into the Transport sector from SME’s to large commercial businesses. The Team provides relationship management, decarbonisation support and investment funding for transport related activities.
The Transport team administers on behalf of the Government, The Low Emission Transport Fund. The fund supports the demonstration of high potential and replicable solutions, and adoption of low emission transport technology, innovation and infrastructure to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the New Zealand transport sector. EECA also oversees the public EV charging roadmap and realising the vision to allow EV drivers to charge when and where they want with confidence to be able to move throughout New Zealand.
Prior to joining EECA, Richard had an extensive career in the telecommunications industry, holding positions at Director, CEO and General Manager level for local and multi-national organisations.
Rangi is currently based out of Rotorua. He has 36 years, all facets of Policing, and has been with the Commercial vehicle Safety Team since 2004. Rangi will be discussing heavy vehicle crashes, advancing technology and its role in policing commercial vehicles.