Kevin Atkins

Transport Engineering Consultant and Training Instructor

Responsible for delivering a wide range of engineering assignments, particularly focusing on vehicle mechanics, inspections and component failure. Able to work independently or as part of a team through the provision of consultancy support and training to the industry. Significant experience in course development and vocational training for the road transport sector.

March 2009 – July 2016
Fleet Technical Officer, London Fire Brigade

Key responsibilities included vehicle and associated equipment acquisition such as Fire appliances, low emission vehicles and general vehicle equipment via the LFB’s Workstream Project governance procedures. Acted as technical advisor to 103 fire stations and HQ staff to ensure conformity of legal operations covering aspects such as where CLOCS and FORS safety enhancements could impact on the operation of the Brigade’s fleet of vehicles. Manage and control in fleet modification programmes to ensure work was completed within agreed timescales. Managed in-service fleet user safety related accident incidents, obtaining user reports and summarising data with written recommendations for closure.

December 2006 – March 2009    
Fleet Engineering Manager, Tesco Distribution
    
Key responsibilities included equipment specification generation, fleet identification programs for annual replacement of vehicles and trailers and subsequent order placement with the OEM’s, management of fleet admin teams covering Operators Licence submission, vehicle roadside Prohibition notice management, NIP submissions and annual vehicle taxation renewals.
Interface with all key Transport personnel to Director level on specific vehicle requirements, OEM’s on vehicle supply and key delivery dates. To manage and adhere to new equipment leasing criteria, post new equipment acquisition, vehicle accident write-off adjudication.

Jan 2006 – December 2006    
Self Employed Commercial Vehicle Technical Engineer and Transport Trainer
Services supplied to Local Health authority on maintenance planning guidelines, fleet manager activity with a Local authority and fleet engineering activity associated with a major Brewery covering MHE audits/utilisation, fleet inspection condition and depot distribution auditing.
        
April 2001 – Jan 2006        
Fleet Technical Manager, Royal Mail

Key responsibilities were to control the group vehicle warranty claim processing team, which supported some 143 vehicle workshops.   
Technical Support to the purchasing department, line control for the interpretation and subsequent generation for some 132 technical vehicle specifications for the whole RM Group. Adjudication of new vehicle contract submissions. R&D into alternative vehicle fuels, in-service equipment trials including fuel consumption assessment and subsequent ordering of new types and replacement vehicle models required for the Royal Mail fleet. Annual fleet replacement circa 12000 units. Control with OEM’s on build quality standards.
Post fleet procurement line management control, which oversees vehicle fleet reliability in service issues, maintenance policy and cost analysis. Workshop technical HQ support, controlling manufacturers recalls and manufacturers/customer liaison, internal and external with specific adherence to laid down KPI's.    
                
March 2000 - April 2001
Distribution and Engineering Policy Manager, Parcelforce

Line Manager of a team of seven staff for licence acquisition and renewal, administration and fleet allocation within the business units, transport operational costings, general administration, management and control of Parcelforce Transport Operations Manual and support in the generation of group transport policies.  Undertook, supported and commissioned assembly of R&D vehicle equipment in association with vehicle manufacturers and Distribution Managers. Responsible for liaison with legal bodies as required to pursue and organise major vehicle accident investigations and implement safe systems of work policies where necessary.

June 1995 - March 2000
National Fleet Engineer, Parcelforce UK

Main functions were to analyse fleet maintenance PPM data and identify areas of spend across vehicle types and generate policies such as for fleet maintenance and tyre and wheel security. To continually review along with the purchasing department improvement areas in replacement parts purchasing costs. Supply technical help and support to the main workshops within the company. Organise and control technical field trials of motor vehicles and/or associated components and undertake test track trials and report generation of findings. Act as technical expert to the personnel department on accidents on duty claims against the company and attend court cases as and when necessary. Controlled the generation and monitoring of vehicle fuel consumption reports and took action where concerns were highlighted within the fleet. Produced and controlled the vehicle manufacturers warranty manual. Generated and organised teams to carry out vehicle maintenance and standards audits in the operational regions covering both workshops and distribution depots. Assessed major vehicle accident condition reports submitted by workshops to review write-off criteria.

Qualifications        
•    Motor Vehicles Mechanics Part 1 and 2
•    Craftsman Certificate
•    Motor Vehicle Technicians Part 1 and 2
•    City & Guilds Cert’ in Digital Drivers Hours Recording Equipment
•    I.M.I. Final  
•    I.R.T.E. Section ‘C`
•    M.I.R.T.E., Eng Tech
•    Certificate of Professional Competence in National Road Haulage
•    Awarded SOE Mackenzie Junner Technical Award 2001
        
Professional Positions        
Council Member of the SOE - IRTE    
Chairman of BTAC