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Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Winner Steve Ellis ( Telstra )

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Telstra ’ s Senior Fleet Lead Steve Ellis has been crowned the 2021 Fleet Manager of the Year at AfMA ’ s Annual Networking Dinner & Fleet Awards Ceremony .

Over 380 people gathered at the Crown Palladium , Melbourne on May 20 for an evening of colour , good food and fantastic entertainment to recognise the very best in fleet leadership and automotive management .
“ When I think about the AfMA dinner itself , to have so many fleet experts in the one room – the networking opportunities available have been excellent ,” Steve said .
“ To win this award and receive this recognition is a real honour .”
Having spent more than 43 years working with Telstra , Steve has certainly seen it all . Despite an already impressive career , the last twelve months demonstrated Steve ’ s ongoing leadership and fleet prowess on an even deeper level .
“ We ’ ve been reducing our surplus fleet and we continue to transition to more fuel-efficient vehicles – at the end of FY20 , 20 per cent of our operational fleet were hybrid vehicles .
Doing so saw Steve and his team introduce hundreds of hybrids into the fleet to replace large legacy station wagons , which has led to a 28 per cent fuel reduction .
“ We ’ ve also expanded our work with Greenfleet to not only include our executive cars , but our whole operational fleet ,” he said . “ Already 1.8 million trees have been planted across Australia .”
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