The Secretariat’s role is to facilitate engagement between members of the Partnership and acts as the first point of contact for organisations and individuals interested in its work. The Secretariat coordinates the work of the Board of Trustees, the Members Council and the Working Groups and represents the Partnership to internal and external audiences.
The LowCVP Secretariat team is:
Andy Eastlake, Managing Director
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.
As MD Andy has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He 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 a Fellow of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers and was formerly a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies.
Jonathan Murray, Policy and Operations Director
Jonathan is the deputy to the Managing Director and has responsibility for formulating the policy objectives of the Partnership, in conjunction with government departments and members, ensuring the work programme reflects those policy objectives and disseminating the outputs of the Partnership’s work programme to policy makers. Jonathan has direct responsibility for co-ordinating the Partnership’s Innovation and Fuels working groups and delivery of their work programmes and liaison with stakeholders from those working groups. He also has responsibility for operational aspects of the Partnership.
Jonathan is an environmental economist with over twenty years of experience working in the automotive and fuel industries for companies including the Energy Saving Trust, the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) and Total Oil among others. His experience involves developing policy, designing and implementing programmes to promote markets for environmental vehicles, technologies and fuels working closely with the UK Government and EC during the last two decades.
In 2003 he was awarded the Green Fleet Award for Personal Achievement for helping kick-start the market for clean fuelled vehicles in the UK.
Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects
Gloria is an environmental scientist with expertise in policy research and development related to low emission vehicles and low carbon fuels. Her work at LowCVP has focused on influencing a variety of national policy areas including the Low Emission Bus Grant, Car Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme and Clean Bus Retrofit Fund. She has also been involved in producing technology roadmaps and low emission vehicle guides for fleet operators and local authorities. Gloria currently leads the Passenger Car Working Group and Air Quality related projects.
Gloria has an MSc in Integrated Pollution Control and is Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of IEMA. Before joining LowCVP, her work focused on local air quality management working in consultancy and the public sector. She’s won several awards including - WWF Community Hero Award, Green Fleet Magazine Public Sector Green Fleet Award and Guardian Newspaper’s Fleet Hero Award for Innovation in Fleet Management.
Neil Wallis, Head of Communications
Neil is responsible for LowCVP's communications activities including all publications, the monthly e-newsletter and the website. He also manages the Partnership's own events, including the annual conference and party conference activities, and agrees participation in third-party initiatives. Neil is responsible for media and Parliamentary communications and also for the Secretariat's information management.
Neil has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of policy, public affairs, business development and communications roles. After 7 years with the energy company, Texaco, and a two-year assignment as a VSO volunteer, Neil joined the Energy Saving Trust's nascent transport programmes division. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, a Masters in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Catherine Dove, Secretariat and Communications Manager
Catherine has been acting in this role since 2005. Amongst Catherine’s responsibilities include the management of stakeholder relations, partnership finances, brand and output quality control and governance via support of the Board of Directors and Members Council. She also manages communications activities alongside the Head of Communications, with particular focus on the website. As the longest standing member of the team, Catherine has an extensive knowledge of the Partnership, its history and members.
Catherine is a linguist by training with experience at international and educational research organisations. Previous roles include working in the Communications and Education sectors of UNESCO's field office in Kingston and working in the Director’s office at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London as part of the Aga Khan Development Network. She has BA (Hons) in French and Spanish and a Diploma in European Business Administration.
Daniel Hayes, Project Manager
Dan manages the work programme of the Bus Working Group, overseeing the delivery of projects such as the creation of a new Euro VI diesel performance baseline for the DfT's Low Emission Bus Scheme, evaluating the opportunities for decarbonising coaches in the UK and LowCVP's Low Emission Bus Workshop series. The main focus of his work to date has been aimed at encouraging the uptake of low emission and low carbon bus technologies and fuels through publications such as Low Emission Bus Guide and the Greener Journey's Trilogy.
Dan has a Professional Diploma in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology and an undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds. Dan’s work experience includes a number of public engagement campaigns for charities such as Sustrans and Keep Britain Tidy, focusing around improving air quality and recycling rates across London boroughs
Szilvia Libor, Membership and Administration Coordinator
Szilvia is responsible for the Partnership’s membership activities: she regularly engages with existing LowCVP members and encourages new members applications, as well as supporting the Secretariat team in a range of other administrative duties.
Szilvia joined LowCVP as the Team Assistant in June 2012, having worked and volunteered previously at various organisations within the not-for-profit sector including the Hungarian Cultural Centre London, Listening Books, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, and Historic Royal Palaces.
Brian Robinson, Programme Manager (Commercial Vehicles)
Brian leads LowCVP’s Commercial Vehicle Working Group and its various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as LowCVP’s main point of contact on freight transport emissions issues for DfT and TfL’s LoCITY programme. Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, with a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and has over twenty-five years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability, vehicle safety, strategic analysis, professional associations, programme leadership and managing people, projects and resources. Before going freelance in 2014, Brian spent 16 years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research, and 12 years at IMechE, much of that as Head of Energy.
Outside of his LowCVP and other work, Brian is a Cabinet Member of the Society for the Environment, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Board Member of the IMechE’s Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group and sits on IMechE’s Transport Theme Advisory Group.
Alexander Thomson, Project Officer
Alec is the newest member of the Secretariat Team, having previously interned for LowCVP. Alec currently provides support across a range of LowCVP projects, with a focus primarily in the Innovation and EV Network Groups; from assisting in policy research, organising and running events and helping maintain the Partnership's website and social media outlets.
Alec has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Energy Systems and the Environment.