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 are:
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 work on electrification of transport, which comprises the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce and the Energy Infrastructure working group. This involves the delivery of their work programmes and liaison with stakeholders from these 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.
James McGeachie, Technical and Programme Director
James leads on the delivery of the LowCVP’s annual work programme and takes technical responsibility for the Partnership’s outputs. He provides a focal point for project development and management across all stakeholders.
James is an IET Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in automotive and related industries. He holds a first-class BEng degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an MSc in engineering and manufacturing management. He joined Prodrive in 2008 and as Director of Engineering was responsible for engineering content and delivery for the company’s Advanced Technology business. Prior to joining Prodrive, James began his career at British Steel as an engineering graduate before moving to work at Jaguar Land Rover where he spent 10 years responsible for the delivery of electrical systems into production vehicle platforms.
Throughout his career, James has been involved in the development of hybrid and electric vehicle technology, from academic case studies whilst at university to the Ford PHEV Transit demonstrator fleet, successfully trialled in London and now on sale to the general public. He regularly contributes to articles and presents at industry events and seminars.
Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects
Gloria is an environmental scientist with expertise in policy research and development related to low emission vehicles and sustainable low carbon fuels. Her work at LowCVP has focused on influencing a variety of national policy areas and initiatives including the Low Emission Bus Grant, Car Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme and Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme. She has also been involved in producing fuel and technology roadmaps, and low emission vehicle guides for fleet operators. Gloria currently leads Fuels Working Group and LowCVP’s work stream on life cycle analysis.
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 Consultant
Neil is responsible for LowCVP's communications activities including most publications, the monthly e-newsletter and has strategic oversight of the website. He also manages the Partnership's own events, including the Annual Conference, Champions Awards and Parliamentary/Party Conference activities; he also agrees participation in third-party initiatives. Neil is responsible for media and Parliamentary communications and for aspects of 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.
Jason Doran, Head of Marketing
Jason is a highly experienced automotive and integrated marketing professional, who has been brought-in to guide and develop some of LowCVP’s customer-facing campaigns and further build the profile of the partnership. He strongly believes in the power of the consumer, and that looking at things from the customer’s perspective is the only way to deliver truly engaging and effective communications that fully achieve the results you are expecting; unless you can give them a reason to care, you’re going to struggle.
Jason has over 20 years' marketing experience on both client and agency side. Most recently, his enthusiasm for electric cars has been put to good use, having worked with the Department for Transport developing Go Ultra Low - their multi-channel awareness and education campaign that helps drivers understand why an EV could be right for them. Prior to this he worked as Head of Marketing for Chargemaster, and enjoyed over five years at Nissan. Here he played a big part in the CRM launch of the electric Nissan LEAF.
Daniel Hayes, Project Manager
Dan manages the work programme of the Bus & Coach Working Group, overseeing the delivery of projects such as the creation of a new Euro VI diesel performance baseline for the DfT's Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme, evaluating the opportunities for decarbonising coaches in the UK and LowCVP's Zero 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.
Alec Thomson, Project Manager
Alec first joined the LowCVP as part of the intern program before joining the team full-time. Alec currently provides support across a range of LowCVP projects, with a focus primarily on leading the Passenger Car Working Group activities,coordinating the integration of the innovation workstream across the different working groups and supporting the EV Energy Taskforce; from assisting in policy research, organising and running meetings and events as well as helping maintain the Partnership's website and social media.
Alec has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Energy Systems and the Environment.
Carolyn Webb, Company and Membership Coordinator
Carolyn joined the LowCVP team from the charity and not-for-profit sectors. She is responsible for day-to-day office management, team support and assistance with Members Council and Board activities. She brings more than two decades of wide-ranging office administration and business support experience. She has served as Executive Assistant at Trustee, Board and Director level.
Carolyn has a strong interest in sustainable transport, previously working on an innovative project with the Carbon Trust involving the use of telematics equipment to improve fuel efficiency in ambulances.
Brian Robinson, Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant
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 thirty 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 Board Member of the Society for the Environment, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Board Member of the IMechE’s Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group.