The judges for the 2017 Champions Awards will be announced soon. For the 2016 Champions Awards they were: 

Philip Sellwood
Energy Saving Trust Philip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust Group since 2003.He has extensive commercial career in the retail, food and private equity markets. He spent twenty years with Marks & Spencer working in almost every part of the business. His achievements include the expansion of the £3 billion food business and the development of the innovative mail order and e-commerce activity.Philip has also demonstrated a real commitment to the public and third sectors holding a number of non-Executive board and trustee positions as well as being a member of influential Government Task Forces.

Helen Smith
Urban Transport Group 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.

Darran Messem
Carbon Trust 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.

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. Her other current roles include: Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership; Advisor and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester; and Columnist for the monthly magazine Transport Times. Previously she was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for PLUSBUS. Other previous roles include Sales Director for Chameleon Press printing company; and, Account Executive for DDB advertising agency. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford.

Andrew Everett
Transport Systems Catapult Andrew became Chief Strategy Officer of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) in May 2014 where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Catapult, a newly established technology and innovation centre focussed on making the UK the global lead in intelligent mobility. Previously, Andrew spent over 6 years at the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) as Head of Transport and initially Lead Technologist for Low carbon Vehicles. At TSB Andrew developed the case for the TSC and also delivered the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator programme which saw more than 340 electric vehicles trialled in 8 locations across the UK. Andrew has held positions at Ford Motor Company, Visteon and the Energy Saving Trust in roles across Engineering, Finance, Planning and Programme Management.

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.

Ros Wall
Department for Transport 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.

Professor James Turner
University of Bath James Turner is Professor of Engines and Energy Systems at the University of Bath. With a Master of Engineering degree from City University London and a Ph.D. from Loughborough University, he is a specialist in the field of spark-ignition combustion, pressure charging systems, alcohol fuels and engine/fuel interactions. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of internal combustion engines, and has published or co-authored nearly 100 papers and book chapters in the field. He spent over 21 years working at Lotus Engineering, latterly being Chief Engineer for Powertrain Research, in which role he worked on many novel engine, transmission and fuel concepts.

In addition to his areas of specialization, his other main area of interest is renewable energy and its application to the transport sector, with particular emphasis on the use of and possibilities afforded by alcohol fuels. The synergies between pressure-charged engines and such fuels are of great interest to him, having originated in his previous work on the performance development of methanol-burning IndyCar engines. In addition to working at Lotus Engineering, he has worked at Norton Motorcycles, Cosworth Racing and Jaguar Land Rover.

Philippa Oldham
IMechE A Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a background working within the defence, aerospace and automotive sectors. Philippa joined the IMechE in May 2011, and acts as a voice for the Institution on behalf of their 106,000 international members. Her work helps raise the profile of engineers developing safe and efficient transport systems with less congestion and emissions, whilst creating wealth and employment. Policy statements and reports include Life Cycle Analysis, Manufacturing a successful economy, Intelligent Transport, Intelligent Society and Energy options for our transport modes.

Malcolm Fergusson
Malcolm Fergusson has twenty-five years’ experience of environmental issues, technologies and policy, working primarily for governmental bodies and third sector organisations. For most of this time he has worked on climate change, energy and transport issues at national and European levels, with a particular focus on low-carbon transport. From 2008-2011 he was Head of Climate Change at the Environment Agency, leading its work on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, Europe’s leading independent centre for the development and analysis of environmental policy, where he led the team working on a wide range of transport, energy and climate change policy issues. He is now an independent consultant. 'Recently he has written widely on trends in car emissions and the growing discrepancy between emissions test results and real-world emissions.

Jay Parmar
British Vehicle Rental
and Leasing AssociationJay 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.

Neville Jackson
Ricardo UK Ltd 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.

Rachael Dillon
Freight Transport Association Rachael Dillon is Climate Change Policy Manager at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), and has worked for the Association for over six years. Rachael initially joined FTA as a Policy Communications Specialist writing material such as briefing notes and compliance guides on a wide range of policy issues affecting freight. Rachael is now responsible for the management of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, a voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight which has 100 members. She is also the first point of contact for members requiring advice on climate change policy matters.

Richard Bruce, OLEV
Richard has been head of the UK’s Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) since 2012. OLEV is a cross-Government team comprising people and funding from the Departments for Transport (DfT); Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Energy and Climate Change (DECC). OLEV's role is to support the early market for ultra low emission vehicles, maximising the benefits from this transition for the UK economy and taking forward the Government’s policy of reducing transport emissions to address concerns over carbon, air quality and energy security. OLEV was responsible for around £400m of Government expenditure up to 2015 and has been allocated a further £500m for the 2015-20 period.

Ben Lane, Next Green Car
Dr Ben Lane is director of Next Green Car, a UK consumer website for car buyers, and Zap-Map, the UK's leading charge point map for users of electric vehicles. As well as developing and managing these commercial projects, his career has spanned both academic research and independent consultancy in technology and environmental issues


Other judges include:

  • Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association
  • Robert Evans, Chief Executive, Cenex
  • Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
  • Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
  • Jonathan Murray, Policy and Operations Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
  • Neil Wallis, Head of Communications, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
  • Daniel Hayes, Project Officer, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership