Conference speakers


Conference Chair: 


Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK


Phil has been the Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, taking up the role in June 2018, having spent most of his career working for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). He served his apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering in Manchester and joined what is now DVSA as a vehicle examiner, spending over 30 years with them in a wide range of operational roles, including Auditing, Training and vehicle certification.  For the last 13 of his years with DVSA Phil held a variety of senior management positions including; Head of Operations, Head of Policy, Head of Strategy & Planning and Head of Transformation, over that time leading the implementation of their Testing Transformation project, developing their Roadside Enforcement Strategy. Before joining the Logistics UK Phil was a self-employed contractor, providing technical training for MOT testers and consultancy to the Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA); designing and developing a testing solutions strategy, which was supported by the Logistics UK as well as the other main Transport Trade Associations. 



Event Speakers:


Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the West of England 

Kevin Rooney joined the Department for Transport to develop vehicle safety policy before moving to the Transport Research Laboratory and then to the Vehicle Certification Agency. Kevin Rooney was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for the West of England in January 2012. 

Kevin worked at the Vehicle Inspectorate and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), managing the introduction of the first MOT emission tests, diesel smoke tests and led the programme to upgrade VOSA’s enforcement processes. He has also worked as a road safety consultant to new EU member states and neighbouring countries and set up an EU project to agree minimum training levels for control officers. 

Kevin was a founder Director of the Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement which has members from over 30 countries. 


John Comer, Head of Product Managemnt, Volvo 

John-Comer-Kentico.pngJohn Comer is Head of Product Management at Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland. John was born in St Albans in 1963 and graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic with a BSc mechanical engineering with automotive design. He initially worked for Bass Brewers, Burton-upon-Trent in 1985 involved with fleet engineering and vehicle specifications before joining Volvo Trucks in 1989. Since then, he has held various positions within Volvo Trucks - including Mitsubishi Canter Product Manager and in 2002 became Product Manager for Volvo Trucks - UK & Ireland, before taking up his current Group role in 2015. John is married with two children, Hannah and Miles and in his spare time enjoys history, reading, cars and trucks. 


Michael Lowe, CEO, Sunswap 

Michael-Lowe-Kentico.pngMichael Lowe is CEO and Co-founder of Sunswap, a technology business providing zero-emission transport refrigeration units to fleet operators. Having worked in the TRU industry since 2016, Michael started Sunswap as a direct response to the lack of viable clean alternatives available to operators. Sunswap’s goal is to provide the cleanest and highest performing TRU on the market to reduce the effects of climate change and drastically improve air quality in our cities. Before Sunswap, Michael worked as an engineer developing other zero-emission refrigeration technology and the manufacture of McLaren super car engines. 


Ian Smith, Group Engineering Manager, Gray & Adams 

ian-smith-kentico.pngMy name is Ian Smith and I am the Group Engineering Manager for Gray and Adams Ltd. I have been in the commercial vehicle industry for over 41 years and during my career have covered many aspects of our industry including, inspection, repair & maintenance, legislative, enforcement, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and senior management.  I have also sat on various national commercial vehicle engineering committees advising and influencing on industry policy.  

In my “spare time” I hold a volunteer role as a RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station, I also like to cover many miles on my motorbike including volunteer observer work with the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists. 


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

David-Yorke-kentico.pngIn April 2020 David John Yorke joined Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S as Market Development Manager.  

David has worked on zero and low emission buses for the last 12 years and oversaw all aspects of the London hydrogen fuel cell bus project including the manufacture of buses, set up of facilities and the daily operation of the buses. This work was carried out in close collaboration with Transport for London (TfL), Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHiC) and Environmentally friendly Efficient Electric Motion (3Emotion) projects plus other stakeholders in the venture.  

Along with being a leading authority on hydrogen fuel cell buses and heavy duty vehicles, David is a specialist in the technology and operation of other zero and low emission vehicles.  

Prior to working zero and low emission vehicles, he worked in the manufacturing industry on new product introductions, after sales support and quality.  

David is a European and Chartered Engineer (EUR ING and CEng), qualified to master’s degree level in both Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Electronics. 


David Thackray, Marketing Director, Tevva 

David-Thackray-kentico.pngDavid Thackray has a deep knowledge of, and network within the logistics fleet sector in UK and overseas from more than 30 years operational and consulting experience. He is an internationally recognised speaker on fleet electrification and transport decarbonisation. David is an active member of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance.  

Tevva is a British electric and hydrogen truck pioneer. Tevva designs and manufactures zero-emission medium to heavy duty trucks with a revolutionary combination of battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell range extender technology. Tevva trucks are built to revitalize urban freight and logistics, optimising range, cost, driver experience, and environmental impact. Tevva trucks are already on the road and have accrued hundreds of thousands of miles in customer hands. 

As a purpose-led technology company, we do technology because it matters and makes a difference to humanity.  Our third-generation truck was unveiled in September 2021 to enable freight operators to immediately decarbonize their fleets.  

You can contact David on Linked In ahead of the event. 

David will be participating on day 2, Friday 8th April (CET). It starts at 9.10 (CET)- Hydrogen Range Extension for Urban Freight Vehicles 


Gary Hodgkiss, Director, Fourmative Limited


Started Fourmative Limited in 1993 with a business colleague and the belief was to create Automotive training solutions that are of the highest quality, different and exceptional value for money. Over the last 30 years Fourmative have provided business Aftersales consultancy and training solutions to most of the UK’s leading automotive importers.  

Keeping pace with technological changes and diversification into Electric Vehicle sand partnering with Logistics UK to develop IMI approved HGV EV training solutions that ensure that all staff within the business are knowledgeable and competent in this growing market. Gary is committed to the Automotive sector and is always looking for a new and better way to ensure that knowledge gained is applied to the business in a positive way. 

Key Clients over the past 30 include, VW Group, Audi, Porsche Cars, Jaguar, Bentley, Lotus Cars, Nissan, Honda, Vauxhall, Toyota, SEAT, PSA Group, Caterpillar, Case/New Holland and JCB. 


Tom Hudd, National Technical Manager, NBRA

Tom-Hudd-kentico.pngTom Hudd – I work for the NBRA/VBRA, and my role is to support members both Technically and commercially and explore new products that can add value in the automotive sector for light passenger vehicles to Heavy Goods vehicles I have been an associate member of the IAEA and have worked in the automotive industry for over 35 years.  

I am passionate about making sure that Repairers embrace technology to remain compliant and profitable. 



Paul Sinderberry, Category Manager, Diagnostics, Serenco UK Ltd 

Paul-Sinderberry-kentico.pngOver 40 years in the Automotive industry; 20 years in vehicle diagnostics. Currently Diagnostic Category manager at Serenco UK, developing a range of Car, Truck, Plant and Agricultural diagnostic and test equipment. Past experience with Bosch, Delphi and various vehicle diagnostic suppliers and manufacturers throughout the UK and Europe.  


Tom Coad, Technical Director, Automotive Equipment Solutions UK Ltd 


Dave Wood, Enforcement Policy Manager, DVSA 

Dave-wood-kentico.pngDavid came from a motor vehicle engineering and training background before joining DVSA formally the Vehicle Inspectorate (VOSA) in 2001 as an enforcement vehicle examiner.  David progressed to Senior Vehicle Examiner, managing a team of enforcement examiners covering Staffordshire, Shropshire & the West Midlands areas for over 10 years. In 2013, David joined the enforcement policy team as the Roadworthiness Policy Manager.   



Neil Barlow, Head of Vehice Policy and Engineering, DVSA

Neil-Barlow-kentico.pngNeil has background in road safety and policy. He started his career with the Transport Research Laboratory and worked in central DfT and the Vehicle Certification Agency. He has been with DVSA and its predecessors since 1996, working in policy, operational development, and digital roles. Most recently he has been heavily involved in the digital transformation and modernisation of DVSA’s MOT services. His current role is Head of Vehicle Policy and Engineering – which works across several key DVSA services – MOT, commercial vehicle testing, vehicle approvals, enforcement, recalls and market surveillance. He was heavily involved in the ‘return’ of vehicle testing following the pandemic. 







Member price

£259.99 + VAT 


Non-member price

£299.99 +VAT



23 June 2022


British Motor Museum