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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) attend Board meetings as contributing observers.

The Board has selected a Chairman (Darran Messem) and two Vice Chairmen (Philip Sellwood - Energy Saving Trust and Jay Parmar, BVRLA) from within its membership for 2015/16.

Darran Messem was most recently 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 –  Chairman

Darran Messem

Darran Messem is Chairman of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and has served as a Board Director since 2005. Professionally he was most recently the 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.

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 Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

Bob Austin - Sunamp Ltd

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Chas Ball - Centre for Sustainable Transport

Doug Parr

Chas Ball is a national expert on car clubs and other forms of shared transport, with fifteen years of experience of the sector. He was founder of City Car Club in 1999, where he was an executive director until 2007. He joined Carplus Trust – the national organization on shared transport - in 2009, later becoming Chief Executive.

He has presided over a period of growth and innovation in shared transport, working closely with Transport Scotland and latterly the Department for Transport on programmes to increase access to car clubs. He has also worked with Transport for London and the car club operators on the evolving strategies for Car Lite London.

From 2015, Chas takes up a new role as an Associate at Carplus, contributing to research, innovation and development.

Since 2010 he has been an active member of the Combined Mobility Platform of UITP (the International Association for Public Transport). He is a member of the Transport Planning Society and is based in West Yorkshire.

David Greenwood - Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

David Greenwood is Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems at WMG, University of Warwick. Here he is responsible for powertrain research activities with a particular focus around the automotive industry.

David joined WMG in 2014 with over 20 years’ industrial research and development experience in automotive, marine and defence markets. Previously David was Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems at engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Limited where he was responsible for the delivery of low carbon powertrain projects on behalf of major global vehicle OEMs and their Tier 1 supply chains. Prior to that David was and Advanced Technology Product Group Director at Ricardo UK, responsible for development and commercialisation of technology for Ricardo and its clients. David has advisory roles for several UK government and industry bodies, and is engaged in strategic technology roadmapping and research prioritisation. David has Masters degrees from Cambridge University and Chalmers University (Sweden) and he is a Fellow of the IMechE.

David Wright - Coventry University

David is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Coventry University, part of the team responsible for identifying, developing and implementing major projects and investments which are driving the university’s research agenda forward.  Included in his current portfolio are the Applied Low Carbon Technology Centre and the National Transport Design Centre, which will open in May 2017.

Originally having joined Coventry University in 2009, David was Head of Manufacturing at Innovate UK from 2014 - 2015, where his responsibilities included the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. His career has been primarily in and around the automotive sector, both at OEM – Land Rover and Morgan Motor Company – and in tier 1 powertrain component manufacturing.

After a spell in management consulting, David joined the Manufacturing Advisory Service – West Midlands in 2002 as its first Chief Executive, a position he held for almost 7 years, delivering significant business improvement to hundreds of manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands.

At Coventry University as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Major Initiatives he led both the Low Carbon Vehicles and Metrology Grand Challenge Initiatives.  David holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the IET and a member of its Design and Production Executive.

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.

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.

Helen Smith - Passenger Transport Executive

Helen has been Head of Logistics and Environment for Transport for Greater Manchester since 2014.   She has more than fifteen years experience as head of operational service in the public sector, as well as five years experience in the private sector facilities and logistics environment.

As a new area of responsibility for TfGM, Helen was brought in to coordinate the Low Carbon, Air Quality and Freight/Logistics agenda for the whole of Greater Manchester, with particular focus on transport environmental issues.  Her remit is to establish the strategies and delivery plans for these key areas.


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.

Justin Laney - John Lewis Partnership 

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) fleet of 3,200 commercial vehicles and 1500 cars. A primary focus of this role is promoting fleet sustainability. In practice, in a fleet already recognised for being very efficient, this means using clean fuels such as biomethane, advanced aerodynamics, and promotion of ever-improving driving styles, all backed up with good science and rigorous testing.

Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK. 


Ken Scott CEng FIMechE - Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ken Scott

Ken Scott has been the Group Engineering Director at Alexander Dennis Limited since September 2013. ADL is the UK’s leading bus and coach manufacturer, employing around 2,000 people at facilities in the UK, continental Asia and North America. ADL produces a wide range of innovative and fuel efficient, low floor single and double deck buses, plus a full portfolio of coaches, welfare and mini vehicles.

Previously, he had 27 years’ experience in the automotive industry, comprising 7 years with Land Rover and 20 years with Bentley Motors Ltd. His achievements at Bentley included special coach-built products for ultra-rich individuals across the world, as well as being a driving force behind the creation of the Bentley Continental product range and was ultimately Director, Whole Vehicle Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Abertay University, Dundee.

Mark Munday

Mark Munday was the Technical Director for the UK Bus Division of FirstGroup, which is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, operating around a fifth of local bus services and with a fleet of approximately 6,400 buses, serving 40 of the UK’s largest towns and cities.

Prior to joining FirstGroup in 2012 as Business Improvement Director, Mark enjoyed a career in Defence in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, where he held a range of responsibilities across engineering, logistics, procurement and training, including land, air and maritime operations, as well as in MoD Whitehall during the Strategic Defence and Security Review. 

Mark is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE, with an MSc, MA and honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Paul Blacklock - Calor Gas Ltd

Paul Blacklock

Paul Blacklock graduated from the University of Wales (Swansea) with a degree in geography, having majored in climatology. He joined Calor in 1985 and since then has held a number of different senior roles in both the UK and overseas - mainly in marketing and sales.

In 2009 he was appointed as Calor's Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs based at their headquarters in Warwick with responsibility for Calor’s lobbying and sustainability activity.

As well as supplying LPG for a range of transport applications, including NRMM, Calor also supplies LNG for automotive use through its network of refuelling points.

Peter Stephens - Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd 

Peter Stephens is Head of UK External & Government Affairs for Nissan, leading engagement with external stakeholders on a wide range of issues from ultra-low emission vehicles to business competitiveness. Prior to joining Nissan in 2015, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, mostrecently working on EU competitiveness issues. Previous roles included renewable energy, international trade, employment regulation and business financing. He started his career in the water industry, working in operational management and strategy development. He holds degrees in Environmental Science and Theology and a PhD in Chemistry.


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.

Roger Hunter - Shell International

Roger Hunter is the General Manager for Alternative Energies and Fuel development Strategy at Shell International.

He and his team have a global strategic remit, looking at the future mobility transition, including work on second generation (2G) Biofuels, Hydrogen mobility and other new low carbon drive trains and technologies.

Prior to this Roger held various leadership roles in the Fuel Supply Chain at Shell and was a Council Member for UKPIA (The UK Petroleum Industry Association). Roger Joined Shell in 1998 in the Upstream Oil and Gas business, after completing a Masters Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Roger lives in Hertfordshire, with his wife and two daughters.

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.

Sabine Mosner - Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Observer)

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Victoria Edmonds - Department for Transport (Observer)

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A member view...

The acceptance of so many significant changes in technology have mainly been driven and brought about by the dedication of the LowCVP.
Alan Martin, Scania GB