Conference programme


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Opening session: Welcome and introduction to morning sessions

Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK


Session 1: Keeping your maintenance regime fit for purpose in an autonomous world – a Traffic Commissioners view.

Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the West of England

The Traffic Commissioner will explain how he sees the role of automation in making our roads safer and what he considers will be necessary in a modern workshop to ensure that the complexities of these vehicles and trailers can be catered for, both for today’s vehicle and those of the future.


Session 2: Truck developments today and into the future.

John Comer, Head of Product Management, Volvo 

The autonomous truck – To provide an insight into what automation is already embedded in today’s trucks, what’s coming and what you’ll need to do to maintain highly automated technology.


Session 3: Decarbonising the cold-chain.

Michael Lowe, CEO, Sunswap 

In this session delegates will learn of new technology that is aimed to help reduce the cost of running refrigeration following the abolition of reduced duty on red diesel, but more importantly help to make this cardon zero.


Session 4: Emerging Trailer technologies.

Ian Smith, Group Engineering Manager, Gray & Adams 

To inform delegates of emerging technologies that are being developed which will enhance trailer use and plans need to be in place to maintain them.


Session 5: Building on electrification and explaining Fuel cell technology.

David John Yorke, Market Development Manager, Ballard Power Systems Europe 

David Thackray, Marketing Director, Tevva

Will it be fully battery electric vehicles and fuel cell technology – that’s the question. In this session we’ll have Tevva talking about the solutions they offer to support faster uptake in zero emissions, and to explain the challenges of BEVs. We also have Ballard Power Systems who will explain the workings of fuel cell technology and what their maintenance requirements will be.


Session 6: Future skills and accreditations.

Gary Hodgkiss, Director, Fourmative Limited 

Thomas Hudd, NBRA National Technical Manager, VBRA

To provide delegates with a route-map for training and development to ensure that workshops and their staff will be prepared for technological developments and automation. Also to provide delegates with an overview of a vehicle repair accreditation scheme.


Session 7: Helping to maintain technology.

Paul Sinderberry, Category Manager- Diagnostics, Serenco UK Ltd 

Tom Coad, Technical Director, Solutions UK Ltd 

In this session we will look at what’s available to help technicians check the ADAS technology embedded in modern vehicles, and more importantly the risks associated if you fail to do so.


Session 8: The changing world of DVSA.

Dave Wood, Enforement Policy Manager, DVSA 

Neil Barlow, Enforement Policy Manager, DVSA 

DVSA will be explaining how the recent changes to the Categorisation of Defects and Sanctions Policy will affect them and their businesses. Delegates will also hear from DVSA’s Head of Vehicle Policy & Engineering who will explain their plans for the future of testing and enforcement.



Member price

£259.99 + VAT 


Non-member price

£299.99 + VAT 



23 June 2022

British Motor Museum