Governance and Standards Advisory Group

The Governance and Standards Advisory Group (GSAG) is made up of operators, specifiers and stakeholders who provide advice and guidance on the development of FORS.

GSAG was established to:

  • Be a credible and technically competent body able to input to the development of the FORS Standard
  • Recommend changes, improvements and additions to the scheme where appropriate
  • Provide guidance to ensure that the FORS Standard is subject to continuous improvement, remains relevant to industry needs and compatible with all relevant legislation
  • Provide representatives to form an independent panel to hear member appeals relating to compliance and enforcement action taken by the Scheme Administrator
  • Help promote the development and growth of FORS to suppliers, customers, colleagues and stakeholders
  • Oversee the integrity of the scheme and the brand

GSAG does not have a role in the day-to-day management of FORS.


GSAG representatives are from a mix of fleet operators, specifiers, industry bodies and authorities across a range of businesses and organisations, providing a broad spectrum of expertise and knowledge. All representatives are expected to provide positive contributions in support of FORS, the FORS Standard and the growth of the scheme. A separate Executive Group oversees the fee structure of FORS membership and works independently from the Scheme Administrator.


The GSAG Chairman is currently Steve Agg, formerly CEO of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Working groups

From time to time working groups will be commissioned from GSAG to complete specific projects and programmes where appropriate.

Application to join GSAG

Organisations wishing to be part of GSAG must write to [email protected] and give an explanation as to why they’d like to join.

Steer Group, the FORS Governance and Standard service provider, will respond in writing, ensuring that the applicant is aware of the process and the need to meet the Terms of Reference. Instructions will be provided on how to complete the required Terms of Reference and information form.

Steer receives the completed Terms of Reference and information form and checks that the information is accurate and complete.

Steer will decide whether the application is to be approved or not, based on the following criteria;

  • Does the applicant represent a sector or vehicle type currently underrepresented within GSAG?
  • Is there any potential conflict of interest?
  • Would the applicant provide added value to GSAG?
  • Would GSAG remain effective and manageable with the addition of this applicant?

Steer will write to the applicant to notify them of the outcome (with reasoning) within 28 days from the date of receiving the Terms of Reference and information form.

If the applicant is not satisfied with the outcome they can request a more detailed explanation OR ask that GSAG consider the application independently. The decision reached by GSAG will be final.

Interested in joining GSAG?

If you’d like to be part of GSAG, please email [email protected].

We’re particularly interested to hear from PSV and LCV fleet operators, local authorities, retailers or small fleet operators (five vehicles or less).

City of London
Vince Dignam

Andy Brooke

Confederation of Passenger
Transport UK (CPT)
John Taylor

Harry Stewart

Flannery Plant Hire
John Moran

GS Plus
Paul Soile

Highways England
Mark  Cartwright

Logistics UK

Chris Yarsley


Paul Bedford


Paul Allera

North East Combined Authority
John Bourn

O’Donovan Waste
Disposal Ltd
Jacqui O’Donovan


Thames Tideway
Gordon Sutherland

Transport for London
Sam Weller


Transport for Greater Manchester
Richard Banks

Travis Perkins

Karl Wilshaw

Steven Heywood

Clare Yearsley

Paul Billington

Wolseley UK
Carl Crawley


Dan Bateman


Sarah Richards