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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 Chair of the Members Council.

The funding Government Department (DfT) attend Board meetings as a contributing observer.

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 2019/20.

Darran Messem is a non exec Director at Velocys and BRE and is the Chair of the LowCVP Board of Directors. 

Other Board members are:

Darran Messem –  Chairman

Darran Messem

Darran Messem is a Director at Velocys - a sustainable fuels company focused on the production of high-quality low carbon transport fuel from municipal household waste. He has served on the Board of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership since 2005, and has been Chair since 2014. Darran is also a Non Executive Director for BRE - the building science centre.

Darran joined Shell as a graduate recruit from Cambridge University, and when first elected to the Board of the LowCVP he was Shell’s Vice President for Fuel Development. Subsequently he joined the Carbon Trust as International Director and Managing Director Certification.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a member a Berkshire Triathlon Squad.

 

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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As Sunamp’s Global Automotive Business Manager, Bob is building a global automotive business for advanced thermal energy storage devices that store heat and cold. The technology designed and developed for the built environment is being transferred to the automotive market to help address vehicle thermal management challenges.

Bob has experience in forming and managing collaborative R&D networks; socialising new technology; and business development primarily to the automotive industry where he has extensive OEM, Tier 1 and supply chain connections.

Bob is a founding director and board member of Productiv and The Proving Factory formed in 2011 to productionise early stage technologies.

He has held senior international management and business development roles at Johnson Matthey Metals and AB Electronic Products that included six years based in Germany. He has been recently re-elected non-executive director and board member of the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and chairs their Innovation Working Group.


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.


Grant Pearson - Ensus UK Ltd

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Grant is the Commercial Director of Ensus, a UK bioethanol and animal feed producer. Grant joined Ensus shortly after the business formed and has responsibilities for all commercial aspect of the business. Prior to Ensus, Grant had extensive commercial and business management experience, managing businesses, based in the USA, Belgium, Hong Kong and the UK. These roles were predominately in the chemicals, electronics, automotive and service industries and included General Manager, Royal Mail, UK, President and CEO Acheson Industries, USA, General Manager and Corporate VP Emerson & Cumming, USA.

Grant has also been a Board / Policy Board member of a number of industry association including ePURE, NAPA and the REA where he currently also chairs the Road Transport Group.
 

Prof Greg Marsden - Institute of Transport Studies, Leeds

Greg is Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He has researched issues surrounding the design and implementation of new policies for over 15 years covering a range of issues. In particular his work has focused on local:national policy dynamics in the implementation of low carbon and energy reduction strategies.

He is Chair of the Commission on Travel Demand, looking at the implications for energy of alternative travel demand futures. Current research examines how the smart mobility transition and the combination of electrification, automation and personalised intelligent mobility will change how we think about what, how and who governs the mobility system. He has reviewed future governance challengees for the UK to 2040 as part of the Foresight study on Future Mobility.

He is the Secretary General of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Governance. He has served as an advisor to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and regularly advises national and international governments.

 


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.


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.


Peter Harris - UPS Europe

Peter Harris joined UPS in 1989 as an Automotive Supervisor and was promoted in 1992 to Fleet Manager. In 1997, he accepted the Automotive Director position in the UK before becoming UK Industrial Engineering Director in 2003. In 2005, Peter took an assignment with Corporate Compliance, developing and implementing a system to manage regulatory compliance outside the U.S. He accepted the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and 2 years as a volunteer agricultural engineer with Voluntary Service Overseas in Indonesia, developing better ways of storing rice. Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) Peter is married with two children and has two classic cars.


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.

 


Philip 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.


Philippa Oldham - APC UK (Chair of Members Council)

Philippa Oldham - APC UK

A Chartered Engineer with a wealth of experience working with a wide range of stakeholders from government, industry and academia to create visionary solutions, with the ability to challenge existing silos between the sectors. Philippa can offer a great oversight into the challenges we face both locally and internationally within the manufacturing and transport realms. Key topics of interest to me are intelligent mobility, air quality, future transport networks and the Internet of Things.

Joining the Advanced Propulsion Centre in January 2018 she hopes to use her experience and knowledge of the UK’s transport modes and infrastructure to build on the strategy already in place, driving through and accelerating deliverables. This opportunity to incubate collaborations, honing solutions to drive UK leadership in terms of exportable products and services. The APC is in the position to lead the way in engaging and educating all of society into thinking about their own mobility choices and driving forward the intelligent low carbon propulsion agenda across our transport network.

Often invited to speak as an expert on transport and manufacturing on national and international TV and radio – highlights include BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and Women’s Hour


A member view...

LowCVP sits at the nexus of industry, policy and civil society, providing a valuable forum for objective research, debate and action amongst disparate stakeholders.
Adam Chase, Director, E4Tech