Sareen Dhillon, group fleet compliance manager at Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd, wins Road Risk Manager of the Year Award at the UK Fleet Champions Awards 2023.
Sareen Dhillon was presented with the Road Risk Manager of the Year Award at the UK Fleet Champions Awards 2023 for her dedication to her role in ensuring all Willmott Dixon’s drivers complete safety training and have access to driver handbooks.
Willmott Dixon is a contracting and interior fit-out group with a fleet of almost 2,800 vehicles.
Sareen Dhillon was praised for developing and implementing a series of robust policies and training programmes, including for electric vehicles. Sareen ensured that driver handbooks and policies were updated, easily accessible, and read by all drivers. Drivers were also asked to complete online risk assessments and targeted e-learning modules or on-road training to improve their safety. Monthly data analysis was used to identify and monitor risky drivers.
Since Sareen took up the role of group fleet compliance manager in 2020, drivers have completed 19,500 e-learning modules. Meanwhile, driving offences have decreased by 29%, and company car at-fault claims have reduced by 46%. The HR teams at Willmott Dixon have also received training to enhance their understanding of driver risk management.
Mark French, chief health, safety, and environment officer at Willmott Dixon, said: “After a fleet audit it became apparent that our policies and procedures needed an overhaul and closer monitoring. We recruited Sareen to fill a new post as ‘Fleet Risk Manager’ where Sareen quickly uncovered areas that needed addressing if we were to be as compliant for fleet management as we were for health and safety.
“Since taking on the role, Sareen has worked very closely with both internal and external stakeholders to affect the improvements needed while at the same time educating our people and senior managers regarding their fleet and driver risk responsibilities. The levels of improvement in such a short space of time are a fantastic achievement and Sareen has started to create a culture in the business where road risk management is taken seriously.”
The Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by QBE, was presented to Sareen Dhillon of Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd and Andrew Drewary of Road Safety Smart at the UK Fleet Champions Awards 2023. The award celebrates the risk or fleet manager who has implemented exemplary road risk management policies with proven results.
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