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Board of Directors

The LowCVP is steered by a Board of Directors which provides overall strategic direction for the Partnership, agrees a rolling work plan and initiates Partnership activities. The Board comprises a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 directors drawn from across LowCVP’s principal stakeholder groups:

  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Automotive supplier,
  • Consultant or technology provider or after service
  • Fuel or energy supplier
  • Transport operators and consumer organisation
  • Public sector (including trusts, agencies NDPBs and local government)
  • Environmental, academic and other organisations

Elected Board positions are for a three-year term and existing board members can stand for re-election at the end of their term. Elected directors require nomination from within their stakeholder group.. The Board will also be able to co-opt individuals with specific skills and experience to serve one three-year term. The number of co-opted representatives in each stakeholder group will be decided by the Board. One position is reserved for the Chairman of the Members Council.

The two funding Government Departments (DfT and BIS) will be able to attend Board meetings as contributing observers.

The Board has selected a Chairman (Darran Messem - Carbon Trust) and two Vice Chairmen (Philip Sellwood - Energy Saving Trust; the other role is currently vacant) from within its membership for 2014/15.

Darran Messem is International Director for the Carbon Trust and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Certification and is the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Other Board members are:

Darran Messem – Carbon Trust (Chairman)

Darran Messem

Darran Messem is Chairman of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and has served as a Board Director since 2005. Professionally he is International Director for the Carbon Trust and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Certification, and has worked for the Carbon Trust since 2010.

Prior to joining the Carbon Trust Darran was Vice President Fuel Development for Royal Dutch Shell, and held a variety of roles in Shell in the UK and internationally, including responsibilities for fuel sales to transport fleets and fuel development with motor manufacturers. Darran joined Shell from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in Economic Geography and subsequently undertook a post-graduate diploma in marketing.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a member of the Hounslow & District Wheelers and Berkshire Triathlon Club.

Prof Allan Hutchinson - Oxford Brookes University

Prof Allan Hutchinson

Allan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre, which is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Previously, he was Head of the Joining Technology Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University. His teaching and research interests include all aspects of design, materials engineering, joining technology, automotive engineering and sustainability.

Allan is the author of 130 publications in the fields of adhesives, composites, sealants, materials technology and sustainable engineering, including authorship / co-authorship of twelve books, book chapters and industry guides. He has been the investigator/co-investigator for about £10m of research and consultancy at Oxford Brookes.

Allan is a Chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry. He has a BSc in civil engineering and a PhD in adhesive bonding technology.

Andy Eastlake - Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP’s Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the members council for many years.  Andy has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions.  He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers.

As head of laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He joined Millbrook after a year’s training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University. He is also a Board member of CENEX  the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

Brendan Connor - CENEX

Brendan Connor

Brendan Connor is Chairman of CENEX -;The Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies based at Loughborough University. CENEX is funded by DTI and led by a consortium of UK automotive systems companies and representative bodies.

He was Chief Executive Officer of Cosworth Racing between 2001 and 2003 during which it provided engines to Formula 1 teams (Jordan , Jaguar , Minardi), IRL (Chevrolet) , CART and WRC. He was the recipient of MIA Business of the Year Award in 2003. Brendan has held senior general management positions in TRW and Lucas and currently holds a number of Non Executive Board appointments. He is a Trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum and a number of other charities.

Doug Parr - Greenpeace

Doug Parr

Dr Douglas Parr is Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK, looking after the science and political functions.

Currently working on climate change policy in the power, heat and transport sectors, he has previously worked ona number of issues including GM crops, chemicals policy, green refrigeration, marine conservation and nuclear power. He obtained a D.Phil in Atmospheric Chemistry from Oxford University in 1991.

Claire Haigh - Greener Journeys

Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a coalition of the UK’s major public transport groups and other supporters committed to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. Other current roles include: Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership; and, Advisor to Transport for Greater Manchester, providing strategic advice to the monthly Executive Board. She is also a regular columnist for the monthly magazine Transport Times.

In 2013 she was elected Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. She has also been awarded RSA Fellowship, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.

Claire was previously Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of PLUSBUS - the national integrated bus/rail ticket. Other previous roles include Sales Director for the Chameleon Press printing company. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford, and began her career in advertising working as an Account Executive for DDB. Her interests include her work as an artist, for which she has had several solo exhibitions in central London. She also has links with a number of charitable organisations including CRISIS, for which she is a Community Ambassador.

Guy Heywood - Michelin Tyre PLC

Guy Heywood

Guy Heywood is the Commercial Director in the UK & ROI for Michelin Tyre PLC, one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers and also the company renowned for awarding “Michelin stars” in the world of gastronomy.

Over the past 15 years, Guy has held a number of senior management positions within Michelin UK, including the role of UK Sales Director for Truck & Bus and Production Manager for the UK re-treading division. Prior to Michelin, Guy held a number of manufacturing roles at Timken Corporation. Guy graduated from Coventry University with a first class honours degree in Combined Engineering in 1991 and then went on to complete an MBA there in 1992. Fluent in French, Guy is also an Ambassador for Transaid, helping to support life-saving travel solutions and health care in remote African communities.

Jay Parmar - British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

Jay Parmar

Jay Parmar is the Legal and Policy Director at the BVRLA. Jay joined the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association in 2000.

The three key drivers of BVRLA membership are status and credibility, voice of the industry and information and advice – all areas for which Jay is largely responsible in his role. Jay read law in Bristol and completed his Solicitor’s Final Examinations in 1994.

He gained extensive knowledge about the operation of government working with the economic regulator, OFWAT (Office of Water Services). Jay works with Government to ensure BVRLA members are not over-burdened by regulation and looks to reduce the impact on the industry of poorly considered regulatory changes.

Mike Hawes - Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Mike Hawes

Mike Hawes became SMMT Chief Executive on 2 September 2013.

He has more than 20 years experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the motor industry. He joined SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of PR, corporate and public affairs roles.

Prior to that, he also worked for both Toyota and, more recently, Bentley’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, were he developed the European and global knowledge needed for this challenging role.

Prof Neville Jackson - Ricardo UK Ltd

Neville Jackson

Professor Neville Jackson is currently Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Ricardo UK Ltd. He is responsible for developing the future vision of powertrain and related vehicle technology at Ricardo and for the strategy, planning and execution of research and development.

He has also been responsible for a wide range of future vehicle demonstrators featuring advanced powertrain concepts with cost effective improvements in fuel economy and emissions.

He is Vice Chairman of the European Automotive Research Partners Association based in Brussels, a visiting Professor at the University of Brighton and a director of CENEX, the UK Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Vehicles.

Dr Paul Gadd - Shell International

Paul Gadd

Dr Paul Gadd is a General Manager of Business Development in Shell’s Downstream Strategy Division where he works on the development of business opportunities in sustainable mobility.

Previously he has held roles in fuels technology, strategy, management consultancy and marketing of fuels and lubricants.

Paul is a graduate of Nottingham University and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. In his spare time he is an active wildlife photographer.

Phillip Sellwood – Energy Saving Trust

Phillip Sellwood

Philip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003. He has an extensive commercial background in the retail, food and private equity markets. He spent twenty years with Marks and Spencer, joining as a graduate in 1977 and working in almost every part of the business. Amongst his achievements at M&S were the expansion of the £3 billion food business and the development of the innovative mail order and e-commerce activity. Most recently Philip was Commercial Managing Director for the Thresher Group.

During the last decade Philip has undertaken work with the DTI/Defra, for an educational charity and as a Ministerial Advisor at the Home Office. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Improvement and Development Agency. Philip is also on the Editorial Board of Sustain magazine and sits on the UKERC Board and the Advisory Board of the National Consumer Council. He has been a member of several influential Government Task Forces, most recently the Energy Innovation Review.

Philip graduated from Nottingham University and has an MBA (Dist) from the University of Westminster. In addition he is a MBIM and a Fellow the Royal Society of Arts.

Philip Spittle - Eddie Stobart Ltd

Philip Spittle

Philip Spittle oversees Fleet Management and Operator Licensing for the Stobart fleet of over 6000 vehicles and trailers and has been with the company since 2005. In addition to traditional fleet management services he focuses on emission reduction initiatives and sustainable distribution policy. Through collaboration with vehicle manufacturers, customers and industry groups Stobart has a clear understanding of both how to maximise vehicle and trailer technology for road freight and how/where modal shift supports sustainable distribution.

His focus on Operating Licence compliance, which is highly regulated, is paramount in day-to-day operations and to safeguard the future of the business. Philip has spent 38 years in the logistics industry as both a provider and user of Transport & Distribution services.

He is a member of the West Midlands Council of the Freight Transport Association and a National Council representative of the regional council.

Professor Rob Thring - Loughborough University

Rob Thring

Prof. Thring has 30 years experience in the automotive field, with Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Southwest Research Institute (USA) and LU. He has constructed and directed major consortium research programmes, including one that generated technology needed for car makers to meet the California ULEV regulations. Prof Thring also started an Engine Technology consulting service and built it to 30 client companies in the USA, Japan, Korea and Europe, with a total value of 3 million US dollars. The first to coin the term HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition), he conducted seminal research in that field. He was also the first to publish results in the field of engine/transmission matching, with its associated benefits in fuel economy, a technique that has been widely adopted by the auto makers.

He was Head of the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University from 2003 until 2008. In 2009 he was responsible for the installation and commissioning of the second hydrogen vehicle refueller in the UK, at Loughborough University, value £400,000, and is now working with Intelligent Energy and Suzuki on fuel cell electric scooter research.

Conducting research on electric vehicles, Rob has commuted to work in a G-Wiz electric car for two years, collecting data for publication at the same time. Rob Thring is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and has 41 published papers and 6 patents.

Prof Roger Putnam - ITM Power plc

Roger Putnam is the Non-Executive Chairman of ITM Power plc, an AIM listed company developing Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electrolysers for industrial, automotive and domestic use.
Prof Putnam is a former Chairman of Ford of Britain, ex-President of the Society of Motor  Manufacturers & Traders and was a member of the Government’s Energy Review Partnership and Automotive Innovation and Growth Team. Roger is a visiting Professor of Automotive Business at City of London University. He was awarded CBE for services to the British Motor Industry in HM Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2007.

In his spare time his interests include photography and cameras, music, reading, shooting and cooking.

Rosalind Wall - Department for Transport (Observer)

Rosalind Wall

Ros Wall is the Head of Environmental Strategy at DfT, where she is responsible for the Department’s overarching approach to Co2, air quality and wider environmental considerations. She returned to DfT from leading the financing elements of the Green Deal at the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the development of the first National Infrastructure Plan whilst at HM Treasury.

Prior to this she undertook a variety of roles at the DfT including leading on sustainable travel, strategy, local and regional funding and also as Private Secretary to the Rail Minister.

Dr Rupert Lewis - Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (Observer)

Rupert Lewis

Rupert is the head of Automotive in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Prior to this, Rupert was BIS deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, covering issues such as supply/demand of engineers in the economy as part of industrial strategy, and new UK engineering commercial opportunities. He previously headed climate adaptation policy and led the UK’s first cross-economy climate risk assessment.

In 2007 he set up the Prime Minister’s “Business Council for Britain” which advised on strategic business policy issues through the credit crunch period. In 2004 he set up the Foresight "Horizon Scanning Centre" for the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, which led the S&T forward look for the 2007 spending review. He has a BSc in Marine Biology and a PhD in genetics from Liverpool University, and worked on new technologies in aquaculture start-ups in SE Asia, South Africa, and Europe for development agencies & commercially prior to joining Govt in 2002.

Simon Best (Independent)

Simon Best

Simon Best is the former Chief Executive of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Simon joined the IAM in 2008 from GE Capital Solutions where he was responsible for the BT business partnership, thought to be the largest partner programme of its type in Europe. An accountant by profession, Simon was previously the sales director at Liberata and before that spent ten years at Lex Vehicle Leasing, where he rose to Corporate Sales Director.

Simon’s role at the IAM took on both the charity and its commercial arm, IAM Drive & Survive, which contributes to occupational driver training safety.