13. THEO DE PENCIER
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As head of the association that represents the largest fleets, both third party and own-account, and the major transport clients, Theo de Fender should not be underestimated. Strong on quiet diplomacy, you're more likely to see one of his team, than de Pencier, making the headlines.
The FTA is fighting a number of battles at the moment: climate change taxation, PCNs, bridge tolls, 0-licensing (whether in Northern Ireland or dealing with the threat of van regulation from Brussels), and truck crime to name a few. Fortunately, it has the resources to wage war on so many fronts.
However, there's an election coming soon, and it will be interesting to see how much influence the FTA can exert over those who would be king and given the multi-modal community the FTA represents, which section(s) of that community benefit the most.