The Judges

The judges for the 2017 Low Carbon Champions Awards have now been announced. They are:

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.

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.

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

Chas Ball,
C4ST: Centre for Sustainable Transport
Previously the CEO of Carplus Trust, which promotes shared mobility as an alternative to car ownership and a complement to public transport. Through accreditation of operators, data collection and managing an annual survey of car club members, Carplus publishes data and research on shared transport services in UK.

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 research agenda forward. Included in his current portfolio are the Applied Low Carbon Technology Centre and the National Transport Design Centre.

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.

Paul Blacklock, Calor Gas
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.

Prof. 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.

Prof. Allan Hutchinson,
Oxford Brookes
Allan established the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC) in 2008 with an investment from the university. Its purpose is to address current and future challenges facing the global automotive industry and assess the very essence of personal mobility. Allan is the author of around 120 publications in the fields of adhesives, composites, sealants and materials technology, including authorship / co-authorship of six books, book chapters and industry guides. He has been the investigator/co-investigator for about £10m of research and consultancy at Oxford Brookes.

David Greenwood, WMG
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.

Mike Weston, Independent
Former Director of Buses at Transport for London, Mike Weston, joined Irizar UK in March 2017 as Strategic Bus Advisor, as the Spanish-based company starts to swing into full production with its i2e electric bus. Mike worked at TfL for over 30 years before deciding to leave late last year to pursue consultancy work. He steered the £340 million New Routemaster project and has developed and led the implementation of London’s environmental bus strategy over the past ten years. He will now be advising Irizar as it pushes forward with plans to roll out the i2e, which has been extensively tested in fleets throughout Europe and in London.

Garry Wilson, APC
Garry Wilson is Director of Business Development at APC which includes development of the Hub and Spoke network which will bring together the key technical, regional and specialist skills across the UK. has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry working for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. He held various leadership roles within BMW, Land Rover, MG and Rover including Chief Engineer for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked for Roush and Delphi and most recently as a Board member at Torotrak and has experience in all aspects of the motor industry and business functions with predominant experience in powertrain engineering and manufacturing.
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Archie Stoddart,
Transport Scotland
Archie has worked for Transport Scotland since January 2012. He currently heads up the Sustainable and Low Carbon Transport Unit. His responsibilities include sustainable and active travel, climate change, low carbon vehicles policy and low carbon infrastructure. Previously he was Head of the Transport Strategy Unit. In his time with the Scottish Government he has also worked on a range of housing issues, strategies to address fuel poverty and managing legislative processes. As well as being a civil servant, Archie has worked for a number of organisations including Shelter, Energy Saving Trust, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and British Rail.

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.

Fergus Worthy, TfL
Fergus Worthy manages TfL’s freight environment activity, which includes LoCITY: an industry-led programme which aims to reduce emissions from commercial vehicles in London by encouraging uptake of alternatively fuels. He is also responsible for the development of fuel efficient HGV driver training and e-learning for TfL. Prior to joining TfL he worked at the Energy Saving Trust, helping car, van and taxi fleets cut costs and emissions.

Richard Barrett
University of Liverpool
Richard Barrett, currently leading the Design Initiative at the University of Liverpool’s London Campus. Previously, Richard has occupied roles with Ford, Nissan and Herman Miller as well significant roles across Market Research agencies. Richard Sits on the Members council and the Innovation Working Group at LowCVP and chairs the Passenger Car working Group. Richard is currently conducting research into developing conditions to support L-Category vehicles and supporting the transition to WLTP.

Hugh Tucker
Hugh Tucker graduated from Loughborough University in Chemical Engineering and has worked in the oil refining & marketing industry for more than 30 years mostly in the UK with short assignments in the US and Singapore. He has constructed and operated many refinery process units, blended fuels and scheduled bulk oil movements before becoming an oil trader. This was followed by roles in Supply logistics, Marketing & finally in corporate strategy for Total UK.


Other judges include:

  • Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association
  • Jenny Keating, Policy Advisor, Freight Policy Team, Department for Transport
  • 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