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Alec Peachey

Founder and Editorial Director

Transport & Energy

Alec is the Founder and Editorial Director of transportandenergy.com

Designed specifically to unite professionals across the sectors, Transport + Energy provides business-critical information and services to accelerate decarbonisation.

Alec has more than 15 years experience in multimedia journalism. Through his business he helps companies in the transport and energy sectors to engage with each other and communicate more effectively.

Alec has experience across both sectors having previously spent four years as editor of Highways magazine where he also held the role of head of content. He also edited Network magazine which provided a resource for engineers in the UK’s gas, power and heat networks at a time of transformation and disruption across the nation’s energy system.

Andy Eastlake

CEO

Zemo Partnership

Andy Eastlake was a founding member of the Zemo Partnership in 2003 and after serving both on the board and as chair of the members council for many years, was appointed as Managing Director in April 2012. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he was responsible for all the laboratories and commercial activity and led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels, for a variety of global OEM customers. Andy built his career in vehicle engineering, focussing on developing new test methods specialising in powertrain development, fuel economy and emissions.

As Head of Laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations, supporting a wide range of policy initiatives for the UK government. 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. Andy has supported many innovation activities in an advisory role including the creation of CENEX in 2005 and the APC in 2013. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has supported STEM development throughout his career.

Andy became Zemo Partnership Chief Executive Officer in June 2021.

 

Andy Salter

Managing Director

DVV Media (& Author, Freight Carbon Zero)

Andy Salter has spent most of his 30-year working life in and around the commercial vehicle and road freight sector building up a depth of knowledge and expertise. A former editor of TRUCK and Commercial Motor magazines, Andy is a previous Chair of the International Truck of the Year jury and is now managing director of DVV Media International the owner of a range of market-leading magazines, websites and events serving the transport and logistics sector. He is passionate about helping the commercial vehicle and road freight industry prepare for a carbon zero future.

Anna Lindt

Head of Technical

SMMT

 

An experienced automotive professional, Anna has worked for the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT) since 2015, becoming Head of Technical in 2022.  She is responsible for all aspects of SMMT’s engagement on national and international regulation covering the design and use of vehicles, including representing the industry views on the future of emissions and safety regulation in the UK. 

 

Her role covers engaging with SMMT members, external stakeholders and government, playing an active role in understanding, explaining and supporting the automotive industry.  She regularly participates in a number of industry and government forums including the Vehicle Industry Policy and Regulation Committee (VIP&R) as well as being a Zemo board member.  Prior to joining SMMT, Anna worked for PSA Group in a variety of engineering functions, with her last role there being Head of Homologation and External Technical Affairs.

  

Anna Wise

Head of Strategy

Nyobolt 

 

Anna is an ex-Innovate UK battery sector specialist spearheading our go to market strategy. 

She previously worked as the Head of Battery Technology at Innovate UK. Whilst there, she directed the £90m Innovation R&D programme of the UK Government’s £330m Faraday Battery Challenge and led its technical direction. The Battery Challenge supports the design, development and scale up of battery technology for electric vehicles. In this role, Anna worked with businesses and universities across the UK to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative battery technology.

An experienced chemist with a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry, Anna has also worked at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the USA, carrying out collaborative research with businesses and academia on battery materials. At Nyobolt, she is overseeing the delivery of the company’s product strategy – working closely with the battery technology and commercial teams in the UK and US to bring its ultra-fast charging technology to market. 

Anna commented on her appointment: “Nyobolt is supercharging the electric revolution with its ultra-fast charging technology, and I’m delighted to be joining Nyobolt in a hands-on role at what is a hugely pivotal time for the company. With a strong presence across the globe already, Nyobolt has an immense opportunity to become a market leader in cutting edge battery solutions, of which my role will be fundamental.”

Dr Bob Moran

Deputy Director

Decarbonisation Strategy

Department for Transport

Bob leads the UK’s Department for Transport strategy on decarbonisation, developing and delivering policy across the entire transport system. This has included developing and now delivery the UK’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan – a ‘greenprint’ for decarbonised transport - design of new regulation to deliver the UK’s world leading ambitions around new zero emission vehicles – including introduction of a new ZEV mandate for new cars and vans from 2024 - as well as rolling out a mass scale demonstration of zero emission HGVs and supporting infrastructure across the UK. He previously worked at the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, a cross Government policy unit working to position the UK as a global leader in zero emission vehicles and associated technologies. Bob was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University in 2002 having graduated from there with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997.

Catherine Kenyon

Senior Programme Manager

Global Action Plan

 

Catherine Kenyon is Senior Programme Manager at environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP). She leads the delivery of Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. She also manages GAP’s work with the health sector – from piloting how health professionals can speak to patients about air pollution, to working with hospitals across the country on improving their own air quality. Prior to joining GAP, she spent 10 years working in the humanitarian sector, supporting communities directly impacted by climate-induced emergencies. Catherine is a passionate grassroots campaigner for active travel and cleaner air and is a co-chair of London Living Streets.

Cees ten Broek

Director

WorldAutoSteel

Cees ten Broek has been a Director of WorldAutoSteel since 2011 and is a member of its management team. Before joining the automotive industry, he held senior positions in finance and strategy with ITT Corporation, Alcatel and Xerox in Europe and the USA. He is a member of the editorial board of Automotive Innovation, published by Springer, and a member of the Industry Advisory Board of OPJ University, Raigarh, India.

A graduate in in Economics, Law and Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Cees has also completed additional studies at the Oxford School of Economics, and the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Chris Stark

CEO

Climate Change Committee

Chris Stark is Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, the UK’s statutory climate advisers. Chris led the Committee’s work to recommend a ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK, the world’s first legislated Net Zero target. He has since directed the development of detailed pathways for the UK to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. In 2021, he presented the UK’s third climate change risk assessment, with detailed analysis and advice on the extensive risks facing the UK from climate change.

Chris has held a number of senior roles in central government, including in HM Treasury and as Director for Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government. He is a regular commentator in national and international media and featured in David Attenborough’s documentary, ‘Climate change – the facts’. Chris regularly speaks publicly on the urgent need to confront climate change and the economic benefits of rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Claire Haigh

Vice-Chair

Zemo Partnership & CEO Greener Vision

Claire Haigh is Founder & CEO of Greener Vision a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the switch to a greener future.

She also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); is a Director and Vice Chair of the Zemo Partnership (formerly Low CVP); and is Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, and of the not-for-profit organisation Greener Transport Solutions.  She has been a Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester.

Claire is also an artist motivated by a desire for positive change.  “If we want to change behaviours, we need to change the premises which led to them”. Her work The Tabula Project aims to provide a new perspective on the mind.

Claire currently chairs Zemo Partnership’s Remuneration Committee.

  

Prof Dave Greenwood

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Prof. David Greenwood is Director for Industrial Engagement, and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG. Previously, David established and led the Energy Directorate at WMG where he led a team of over 200 researchers and engineers. Projects spanned several fields, including cars, trucks, boats, off highway machinery, aircraft and motorcycles. His research spans batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications.

David moved into academia after 20 years in industry latterly as Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems for engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd.

Professor Greenwood holds advisory and board positions for the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK (Faraday Challenge and IDP), and the Faraday Institution. He is head of the Advanced Propulsion Centre's Electrical Energy Storage Spoke.

Prof David Cebon

Director

Centre for Sustainable Road Freight 

David Cebon, PhD, FREng, FIMechE is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Cambridge University Engineering Department.  He is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium.  Professor Cebon has authored or co-authored many papers on dynamics, safety, manoeuvrability, energy consumption and decarbonisation of heavy vehicles.

 

 

Fiona Howarth

CEO

Octopus Electric Vehicles

 

Fiona is the founder and CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, who joined the Octopus Energy Group in 2017 with a simple mission; to make the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) easier.

 

The Octopus Electric Vehicles proposition has grown to fill the gaps at every stage of taking up an EV, both for consumers and businesses. Their fast-growing expert team, led by Fiona, has secured excellent leasing rates on leading EVs, designed a first-of-its-kind EV salary sacrifice scheme, created energy tariffs designed specifically for EV drivers, and have partnered with smart charging tech companies to enable customers to access cheap, green energy with ease.

 

Before setting up Octopus Electric Vehicles, Fiona was launching market-leading connected home products - firstly at British start-up Alert Me, who became part of the leading smart home provider Hive at British Gas. She has also held positions at the Department for the Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and BMW. Fiona studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University.

Gaynor Hartnell

CEO

Renewable Transport Fuels Association

 

Gaynor Hartnell runs the Renewable Transport Fuel Association, a new trade body set up in Autumn 2020.  The RTFA represents the interests of the renewable and low carbon fuel industry.  Its membership includes all the UK-based bioethanol and biodiesel manufacturers and biomethane suppliers, along with SAF project developers and companies developing drop-in fuels made from wastes.

Ginny Buckley

CEO & Founder

electrifying.com

Ginny has been at the heart of broadcasting, journalism and transport for over 25 years and is the Founder and CEO of Electrifying.com which helps mainstream consumers make the switch to an electric car.

 

Ginny is a juror for the prestigious World Car Awards and has driven just about everything over the years - the good, the bad and the ugly; but she’s now fallen for electric cars.  The first electric car Ginny drove was the VW Golf Citystromer back in 1998.

 

On the TV front Ginny reports on transport related issues for the ITV1 flagship current affairs programme Tonight, along with Channel 4's award-winning investigative current affairs programme Dispatches, and she was the launch presenter for ITV’s Men and Motors channel where she produced and presented motoring programmes for many years.

 

For the past fifteen years Ginny has sat on the Board of Trustees for the Manchester United Foundation, where she works to engage and empower young people, and is the lead trustee for sustainability. Ginny is passionate about encouraging girls and young women to follow careers in STEM.

Prof Greg Marsden

Professor of Transport Governance

University of Leeds ITS

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 20 years covering a range of issues. He is an expert in climate and energy policy in the transport sector. He is the Principal Investigator on the DecarboN8 network where he is responsible for integrating a new place based approach to decarbonising transport.

 

Dr Iain Mosely

Director of Power Electronics

Nyobolt

 

With a strong focus on development of high-performance DC rapid charging technology, Iain is a hands-on technologist and has worked in power electronics development since finishing his Ph.D. in power electronics at the EMD group at Sheffield University in 1999. After working in field applications roles for several power semiconductor companies, in 2007 Iain founded Converter Technology LTD, a power electronics design consultancy which was acquired by ChargePoint Inc. in 2018.

 

More recently, Iain recently joined Cambridge start-up Nyobolt as Director of Charging and is developing custom power electronics systems to support their novel high charge rate battery technology.

Ian Constance

Chief Executive

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Ian joined the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) as CEO in 2015 with over 25 years of automotive experience. During Ian’s tenure the APC has committed well over £1bn investment into zero and low carbon automotive innovation, with the resulting products reducing their carbon footprint and providing lasting economic benefits from jobs and inward investment. A key objective has been to bring partners from industry, academia, and government together to spur collaboration and accelerate the delivery of green automotive technology. Ian and the APC team were instrumental in the development, launch and now delivery of the Automotive Transformation Fund announced in 2020. 

 As well as his work at the APC, Ian played a key role in establishing the Faraday Battery Challenge and Driving the Electric Revolution where he is currently a board member for both and is also a director at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC).  Ian’s ambition is to see a new generation electric vehicle supply chain, at scale, anchored in the UK. 

 

James Court

CEO

Electric Vehicle Association England 

 

James has been CEO of EVA England since last year. He led the work of the Cabinet Office on the COP26 transport policy and helped build the Climate Group’s UK Electric Fleets Coalition (UKEFC), representing the UK’s biggest fleet owners. Before that he was Director of Policy and Communications at the renewables trade body the REA – the Renewable Energy Association.

James Murray

Editor-in-chief

Business Green

James Murray is the editor-in-chief of BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007.

He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events programme.

James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for the Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories.

He reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology. In March 2011, he was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK.

Prior to launching BusinessGreen James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.

Jason Torrance

Chief Executive

UK100

As Interim Chief Executive of UK100, Jason leads a team that supports a network of over 100 local leaders who have pledged to lead a rapid transition to Net Zero with Clean Air in their communities ahead of the government’s legal target.

Jason has 25 years’ experience of leading teams, directing evidence-based public policy initiatives, creating influential programmes and delivering strategic impact, specialising in transport and the environment. Before starting at UK100 in 2018, Jason previously worked at Sustrans, Campaign for Better Transport, Greenpeace and the Department for Transport.

 

Kate Jennings

Policy Director

Logistics UK

Kate joined Logistics UK as Policy Director in June 2022.

Kate started her career in the civil service, first in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, including a posting to Beijing working on the handover of Hong Kong. She subsequently worked in the Cabinet Office on the Better Regulation agenda, leading the secretariat for a PM-chaired committee which challenged Government to ensure regulation minimised costs on business.

Kate worked in the Department for Transport from 1990 – 2020 leading on EU and international transport policy; airport policy, airspace, and passenger rights; and rail strategy including the launch of the Williams Rail Review.  Most recently her responsibilities included policy on rail devolution, investment, workforce, and freight in addition to engagement with industry clients including Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group. From December 2019 to February 2020, Kate worked on the development of transport policy for EU exit.

From 2020 – June 2022 Kate was Policy Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA) – leading on coronavirus response, strategic engagement and diversity including the launch of the RIA Women in Rail Diversity and Inclusion Charter.

 

Lucy Parkin

Director ESG

Kleanbus

Lucy is a chartered environmentalist, environmental advisor and air quality expert. With an MSc in Environmental Technology and a BSc in Environmental Physics, Lucy served as a governance board member for the Institute of Air Quality Management and has worked with a range of private and public sector organisations, including over a decade at GLA and TfL advising on environmental policy development, analysis and assessment. Kleanbus want to help bus operators and local authorities accelerate bus fleet electrification to benefit air quality, health, society, and the path to net zero.

 

Mark Constable

Head of Public Affairs

Trojan Energy

Mark drove his first EV in 2008 (a prototype Plug-In Toyota Prius) and was immediately struck by the potential for massive disruption in automotive.  He led the Electric Vehicle team at EDF UK early on in the UK market, and more recently developed a large-scale commercial Rapid Charging Hub programme for Transport for London.  Between those two roles and his current assignment he has worked in every EV infrastructure segment and across every technology.  Mark has sat on a number of industry committees and steering/advisory groups in both eMobility and heat electrification, and currently chairs the EV Forum at the Renewable Energy Association (REA)

Mark joined Trojan in May 2021 as employee number 10 (now in excess of 70) and leads on Public Affairs.  As the EV switch accelerates, meeting the infrastructure challenge becomes ever more critical.  Accessibility, usability and equity in the right to charge is his mission.

 

Melanie Shufflebotham

COO & Co-Founder

ZapMap

 

Melanie is the co-founder of Zapmap, the EV mapping service.  Zapmap helps EV drivers search, plan and pay for charging when they are out and about. As Zapmap scales ready for the mass take-up of electric cars, she continues to be focused on making charging simple for EV drivers and providing insights to help companies on their electrification journey.

Peter Harris

Vice President - International Sustainability

UPS

Peter joined UPS in 1989 and progressed through various positions of increasing seniority in Automotive, Industrial Engineering and Compliance before accepting the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. He took on his current role in 2020, with responsibility for managing all aspects of sustainability for the organisation, from innovation coordination to public policy development, outside the United States.

 

Outside of his UPS responsibilities, Peter is a director of the Zemo Partnership in the UK. He also served on the UK’s Green Innovation Policy Commission.

 

Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas in Indonesia.

 

Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

Peter is married with two children and has two classic cars.

Peter Robinson

Group Business Development Director

Go-Ahead Group PLC

Peter oversees UK and international business development opportunities, including tenders and acquisitions. He originally joined Go-Ahead as a graduate in 2004 and has held a variety of roles across both Go-Ahead’s rail and bus operations, including managing Go-Ahead’s largest electric bus garage, Northumberland Park in London.

Philip Glanville

Mayor of Hackney

 

Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for 10 years, Philip spent 3 years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016, and then Mayor in September of that year.

As Cabinet Member for Housing, Philip oversaw the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, which he is continuing as Mayor, committing the Council to building a further 1,000 council homes for social rent between 2022 and 2026.

Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the Mayor; supporting schools, ensuring that we actively help young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business – all contributing towards his agenda to bridge the gap between Hackney’s residents and their growing local economy. Critical to this agenda has been the Council’s award-winning in-house apprenticeship programme.

Philip is committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for Hackney’s most vulnerable residents and for local government’s important role in fighting austerity. He writes extensively on these subjects, and more recently has been part of the growing ‘new municipalism’ movement in local government.

He has served on the LLDC Board since 2016 and is currently a Board member of the NHS North East London Integrated Care Board, London Councils Digital Champion, and the Chair of London Councils’ Transport & Environment Committee, which includes responsibility for climate change.

Philip Sellwood CBE

Chair

Zemo Partnership

Philip Sellwood was CEO of the Energy Saving Trust from 2003-2020. During that time he undertook work for all UK Administrations and has represented the UK as part of the European Energy Network. He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queens Honours List for services to public policy.

Currently Philip is Chair of the Zemo Partnership, he advises several companies in the private sector alongside membership of several Government bodies in the academic research sector. In addition Philip is Chair of the board of the Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and a longstanding NED on the Local Government Innovation and Improvement board.

Philip was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Zero Carbon Academy in July 2022.

Philip was also a founder Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation a global charity committed to promoting the development of the circular economy. Philip is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the British Institute of Management.

Rebecca Kite

Policy Manager

Confederation of Passenger Transport

Rebecca Kite is the policy manager for the Confederation of Passenger Transport, the voice of the bus and coach sector which represents over 1,000 bus and coach operators across the UK. Rebecca joined CPT in December 2020, after working in the freight industry for 10 years as an environmental policy manager.

 

She is currently leading on CPT’s Zero Emission work, developing a strategy that will deliver the outcomes of the Zero Emission Coach Taskforce, which brought together key stakeholders to ensure the sector can sustainably transition to zero emission technologies. Additionally, she has recently established a Rural Zero Emission Buses taskforce which will look to help rural and SME operators overcome the challenges to transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet.

 

Robin Beckmann

Head of Transport Environment and Climate Change

Welsh Government

Robin Beckmann grew up in the Peak District of Derbyshire and gained a B.A. Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Sheffield University and then had a variety of roles in the private sector in Wales and the south of England.

Twenty odd years ago Robin moved back to Wales to join the senior team of an organisation delivering post 16 education funding and reform, eventually merging into Welsh Government. Over this period Robin led many college mergers in north Wales and reorganisations of all age education in the heads of the valleys, including the creation of the Universities of the Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI). Robin later led the Welsh Government Nuclear Programme.

After a short spell leading the reform of bus services in Wales Robin moved to a new role and now leads the transport de-carbonisation team, with responsibility for developing the transport chapter of Net Zero Wales and the associated policies for decarbonisation as well as the delivery of the EV Charging Strategy and the delivery of bus fleet decarbonisation across Wales.

Robin is married with two children and lives in a lighthouse on the North Anglesey Coast which he has renovated and from which he runs a holiday letting business. 
 

Roger Hunter

Vice President Electric Mobility

Shell (outgoing) and Zemo Board member

Roger Hunter is Vice President, E-Mobility and New Energies at Shell.

 

He is responsible for merging two existing units: E-Mobility and Digital with the aim of helping to drive greater integrated value by merging the emerging Connected, Autonomous, Shared and digital customer-centric E-Mobility teams internally to embrace future trends.

Prior to this Roger lead Shell’s Alternative Energy and Fuels Strategy team focusing on the future of transport: looking at future mobility transition, second generation biofuels, hydrogen mobility and other new technologies and has 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.

Russell Fowler

Senior Manager

Decarbonisation of Transport

National Grid

Russell is the Senior Manager looking at National Grid’s role in transport decarbonisation – from rapid EV charging to synthetic fuels for aviation.

In previous roles at National Grid, E.ON and RWE Russell: led the analysis for RIIO-2, National Grid ESO’s first price control, helping the ESO to be able to operate the system carbon free by 2025; led the production of the Future Energy Scenarios, electricity demand and was part of the Electricity Market Reform project setting up the first low carbon capacity and security of supply auctions.

Russell also holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Birmingham.

 

Scott Lees

Head of Environment (Roads Directorate)

Transport Scotland 

Scott is a chartered civil engineer who has worked with Scotland’s National Transport Agency since 2005. He has undertaken a wide range of senior operational delivery roles and currently leads the Roads Directorate’s Environment team. Their responsibilities are environmental protection, climate change adaptation, landscaping & biodiversity and air quality, including the introduction of Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s 4 biggest cities.

Seb Dance

Deputy Mayor for Transport

Greater London Authority 

 

Before joining the Mayor’s team, Seb served as a Member of the European Parliament for London from 2014 to 2020, during which time he was Vice Chair of the Environment Committee, Co-ordinator for the Socialists and Democrats Group on vehicle emissions, and spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats Group on air quality. He was also Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party.

Prior to being elected to the European Parliament, Seb worked for the charity ActionAid UK, before which he was Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

As Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London, Seb will focus on delivering the Mayor’s transport strategy, ensuring 80% of all journeys in London are on foot, by cycle or public transport by 2041.

 

Shirley Rodrigues

Deputy Mayor

Environment and Energy

GLA

 

Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016. Previously she oversaw a global climate change grants portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) developing their cities and climate strategy, and in other senior environmental roles has devised and delivered a range of environmental policies and programmes in London, nationally and internationally.

She is now working to deliver the Mayor’s vision of making London greener, fairer and healthier through implementing his London Environment Strategy. This includes ambitious programmes to reduce air pollution across London, including the implementation of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, and greening and rewilding the city. Her key focus is on working to ensure London’s economic and social recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 is a green and fair one by tackling the climate and ecological emergency with the ambitious aim for London to be a net zero carbon city by 2030.

 

 

Tim Deakin

Editor

Route One

Tim is Editor of routeone, the leading trade title for coach and bus. Having begun his career in the sector at 18 with bus operator First Potteries, he later spent almost 10 years in the road haulage industry before a period of study led to him becoming a journalist in 2013.

Having spent almost 10 years with routeone, Tim became Editor in 2018. Ably assisted by a capable team, he has led the editorial transition of the title from one built largely around print into a multiformat outlet that maintains an ever-growing web presence. Tim also co-presents the annual routeone Awards, which are widely recognised as the coach and bus industry’s Oscars.

 

Toddington Harper

CEO

GRIDSERVE

Toddington is a second-generation solar energy and energy storage professional, whose parents pioneered some of the world’s first commercial deployments of solar energy and battery storage systems around 45 years ago. He has spent virtually his entire career focused on delivering sustainable energy solutions, including creating five successful sustainable energy and low carbon businesses which he has led as CEO over the last 20-years. Prior to founding GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd, Toddington was co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK (2010 & 2011 solar world market leader), responsible for the development, construction and financing of c.350 MWp of utility scale solar farm & solar rooftop projects, including a 3.5MWp 20-acre solar rooftop project for Rolls-Royce.

 

Toddington created GRIDSERVE to #deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. GRIDSERVE’s first major success was winning the highest price battery storage enhanced frequency response contract with National Grid, where GRIDSERVE was awarded one of only seven successful contracts out of 208 tendered. Since then GRIDSERVE has grown from strength to strength. In 2019, against the odds of a year dominated by Brexit, GRIDSERVE pushed through, pioneering and delivering the UK’s largest and most technically advanced hybrid solar projects, becoming the UK solar energy and technology market leader.

 

  

Tom Cunnington

Head of Bus Business Development

Transport for London 

Tom is Head of Bus Business Development, at Transport for London. His role covers a variety of areas including the strategic Bus Action Plan, decarbonisation and air quality, the bus safety programme, and customer offer. He has worked in the Buses team at TfL for over 15 years in a number of positions, and previously worked for a bus operator.

  

 

 

 

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