Place of work: CLM Fleet Management PLC
Position: Managing Director
CLM is one of the UK’s leading privately owned ﬂeet outsourcing and vehicle management companies, providing related services to the corporate sector. As Managing Director, Tony led his colleagues in an MBO in 1996 to acquire the company from the original founders and continues to be closely involved in running the business, which now manages around 20,000 vehicles across the UK. Tony is also a shareholder in another business allied to the ﬂeet car sector.
Did you consider any other universities before Royal Holloway?
No, having visited a number of different universities, the locality, whilst still being part of the University of London, was important and the excellence and variety of the course curriculum combined with the unique facilities made it my only choice. I chose Zoology because I had been interested in ornithology and natural history from an early age and felt it was a natural progression to study the subject formally.
What was your Royal Holloway experience like?
It surpassed all my expectations. I was fortunate to enjoy the support and teaching of some gifted lecturers who illuminated the subject through their enthusiasm and knowledge. By the nature of its location and the relative availability of transport, College life was very much ‘self contained’ and generated much of its own social activity. I was fortunate to be in halls for all of my three years and parties were a regular feature of the weekend social scene. I still retain many of the original invitations as a memory of those times. The Students’ Union was also central to College life.
Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
In my ﬁrst year, I joined the stage-crew which set up and dismantled the staging at all major student events. This opened up a new circle of friends and experiences, leading to spells spent on Rag and social committees and culminating in becoming the Union Internal Social Secretary for around 18 months.
How did Royal Holloway develop you as a person?
I learned how to work with, and alongside, a variety of people from different backgrounds. Having been involved in organising various aspects of student social life, there is no doubt that I learned a great deal about interacting with people, both fellow students and college staff. The conﬁdence that such experiences bring was invaluable in securing my ﬁ rst job, and enabling me to pursue a successful sales career thereafter.
What is your fondest memory of Royal Holloway?
I have so many wonderful memories of good friends, laughter-ﬁ lled occasions, and special times but one very personal moment has remained with me – lying on Founder’s hockey pitch in the hot summer of 1976, ﬁrst year exams completed, surrounded by friends listening to the radio and looking up at that fantastic view along Founder’s West and saying to myself ‘remember this moment’ – and I have! I can look back on what was probably the most enjoyable three years of my life.
What do you do now in your everyday job?
I passionately believe in personal communication and leading from the front, so my role encompasses virtually every facet of my Company’s business, and every day can be different. I inevitably have a ‘ﬁgure head’ role both internally to my staff and externally to both clients and the industry, and I also take part in all major new business pitches alongside my sales teams. One of the most satisfying aspects, however, is seeing the company being successful, attracting and retaining good staff, and seeing many of them develop and be promoted into new roles as the company grows.