Grant Andrews, Managing Director of Uniqco, is a specialist fleet management consultant whose focus is on outcomes, best management practice, increased utilisation, reduced operational costs, reduced maintenance costs, optimum replacement, increased corporate knowledge and reduced risk.
Grant is recognised throughout local government in Australia as a leading fleet management consultant.
Grant established his plant & vehicle management consulting business in 1992 and has provided consulting services to over 100 councils in Australia plus State government agencies and private contractors. This work has ranged from performance audits to ongoing fleet management services. Grant’s first ever local government client the City of Canning continues to engage Uniqco to provide ongoing fleet management consulting and reporting services. Similarly the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and Mackay Regional Council have used Grant’s services for over 10 years.
Grant has a General Certificate of Education UK “A” Level Engineering, Engineering Drawing & English 1972. He qualified as a Mercedes Benz Management Cadet in 1978. He completed Mercedes Benz Unimog Technical and Service Training in 1974 and was admitted to the Institute of Marketing Management Salisbury Polytechnic in 1976.
Grant’s relevant experience includes involvement in audits of many council plant & vehicle operations and provider of ongoing fleet management services.
Prior to his current consulting business, Grant spent 20 years with Mercedes Benz firstly as a Management cadet for 5 years followed by 15 years as a member of the Mercedes Benz senior management team involved in dealer development, mechanical workshop management, specialised vehicles and transport consultancy. Grant has been providing plant & vehicle management consulting services to local government since 1992.
Uniqco International has been a partner in delivering the IPWEA plant & vehicle management program since its inception in 2003.
Grant is the main author of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Plant & Vehicle Management Manual (P&VMM) 1st, 2nd and 3rd (2012) editions and is providing associated training to local government on behalf of IPWEA. The Manual is a comprehensive guide to the management of public works plant and fleet. Grant is also the main author along with Ross Moody of the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate Course. Since its inception in 2009 over 320 people have enrolled in the course.
Grant has provided training in best practice plant & vehicle management on behalf of IPWEA for the past 10 years with a focus on the 6 KPI’s detailed in the IPWEA P&VMM. Grant is also the lead presenter in the IPWEA’s twice yearly plant & vehicle management 1 day professional development workshops which are delivered at 9 locations around Australia. He also delivers the IPWEA live online training in support of the Fleet Management Certificate.
In 2011 Grant Andrews and Ross Moody were engaged to train the Hong Kong Police in best practice plant & vehicle management. They were invited back to run an extension course in 2012 and a proposal has been requested for a further course in 2013.
Grant has extensive experience with fleet management software and reporting systems and is familiar with the main financial reporting systems used by local governments. Around 8 years ago, Grant identified the need for a software product that would provide real time assistance for fleet managers to achieve the 6 Key Performance Indicators central to best-practice fleet management. Further that such a software would best service its users if it were to be economical to acquire and operate, and be readily accessible from any geographical location.
Uniqco’s own fleet management reporting system called Unifleet was built primarily for local government and first installed by Augusta Margaret River Shire in 2006. Unifleet is now a product of Grant’s 20 years experience working with local governments with the aim of improved vehicle management and maintenance and delivering significant savings through increased utilisation and lower purchasing, operating and maintenance costs.