Conference speakers

Session 1 - Future Vehicles and Future Fuels - Speakers:


Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, LowCVP 

Andy-Eastlake-image-resize3.jpgAndy 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.  Andy has a strong background in vehicle engineering and evaluation, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions. Under Andy the LowCVP and its members have cemented their role supporting government in providing robust evidence and developing practical engineering based policy proposals for low emission vehicles and fuels across the whole road sector.  Andy 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. Previously as Head of Laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, served on the board of CENEX and sits a range of industry advisory bodies. 


Natasha Patel, Director, Baringa Partners

Natasha is a Director experienced in delivering growth, deal and operational strategy. Starting in downstream Oil & Gas, with a short stint in Nuclear Power, Natasha is now supporting Energy, Automotive and Financial Services clients evaluate the impact of Electric and alternate drivetrains and the wider Mobility disruption on their business and operating models alongside supporting Investors to deploy funds.


Jo Bamford, CEO, Wright Bus 

Jo Bamford is Executive Chairman of Ryse Hydrogen Limited and after buying Wrightbus out of administration in 2019 has been at the vanguard of the hydrogen movement. The company built the world's first hydrogen double-decker with orders from Kent to Aberdeen. A venture investor and clean energy enthusiast, Jo is committed to growing low-carbon businesses of the future. 

He is a board member of one of the UK’s largest industrial conglomerates, JCB Ltd., which is entirely owned by the Bamford family.  


Graeme Cooper, Project Director - Transport Decarbonisation, National Grid 

Graeme leads National Grid’s work on transport the decarbonisation of transport.  

His work helps the Government, the energy and automotive transport industry’s transition towards zero emission vehicles. With over a decade in communications infrastructure and over a decade in low/zero carbon electricity, Graeme is a well-known and highly respected energy industry expert.  

Graeme is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BSc 1997) and Bi Norwegian Business School (MBA Energy 2016). 

Graeme takes his decarbonisation work home with him as he drives a PHEV and BEV and heats his home using ground source heat pumps.


Additional panellists to be confirmed...


Session 2 - Future Business Strategies - speakers:


Mike Palmer, Client Development Director, Nexus

Mike has a background in accountancy and joined Nexus in 2005 as Financial Controller.  

Since joining the company, Mike has held various positions and following three years as Operations Director Mike was appointed to Client Development Director in 2017. He is now responsible for Nexus’ client development and directing the company’s largest accounts.  

More recently, Mike prepared and led the launch of Nexus’ industry leading EV portal, which will enable businesses to meet the rising demand for alternative, cleaner mobility solutions. The dedicated rental platform is a first within the corporate rental market, cementing Nexus’ position at the very forefront of the business mobility industry.  


Simon Barnes, Industry engagement, University of Kent

Simon-Barnes1.jpgSimon is currently working at the University of Kent in Canterbury, as Industry Engagement Manager. His role is to create and build links between academics and industry to solve challenges through a combination of new technology, business systems and leadership.  

Simon has previously worked in supply chains for Whitbread, DS Smith, as well as the automotive and grocery sectors. He is currently working with transport infrastructure providers and users to innovate new digitally driven solutions to increase the sustainability, functionality, safety and security of freight transport systems. 

Simon is a Business Fellow of the Connected Places Catapult. 


Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK 

An economist by background, Elizabeth has a strong track record of leading successful policy teams. She has over 20 years of experience at a senior level in the transport sector which includes consultancy, business analysis, programme management, policy development and policy delivery.  She joined Logistics UK in July 2017 from Rail Delivery Group where she was Director of Policy, and prior to that worked at the Department for Transport. 

At Logistics UK she is responsible for UK, Regional, EU and International Policy, Public Affairs, Research & Information and the Member Advice Centre.  


Lauren Pamma, Electrification Propositions Lead, Motor Finance & Leasing, Lloyds Banking Group 

Lauren Pamma is the electrification propositions lead at Lloyds Banking Group in its motor finance and leasing division.

Lauren has more than 15 years’ experience in the vehicle leasing industry, having joined Lex Vehicle Leasing in 2004, before it became part of Lloyds Banking Group. Lauren’s primary role is to help business and personal customers understand how they can best transition to zero-emission technology, while engaging with government, dealers and manufacturers to ensure the product supply and supporting infrastructure are in place to deliver it.


Session 3 - Future Data - speakers:


Richard Skidmore, Head of Connectivity, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK 

Richard Skidmore leads the Connectivity team at Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK. Richard joined the organisation in 2017 as Head of Product Demonstration, TRUCKTraining and Customer Experience. Richard and his team are responsible for sales, support and development of Daimler’s connectivity solutions in the UK, focused on enabling customers to benefit from optimised consumption, lower maintenance costs, a lower accident risk and maximised value.

Prior to his current role, Richard spent 3 years working as Client Services Lead and previous to that, gained extensive experience within the Automotive sector in a variety of roles.

Richard is a trained Business Analyst, having attained the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis after completing his studies at Loughborough University.


Stuart Lester, Data Innovation Lead, Transport for West Midlands

Stuart Lester is the Strategic Lead for Transport Intelligence at Transport for West Midlands. Currently he is tasked with pushing forward the approach to innovatively using data to support the Transport for West Midlands aims and objectives set out in the Movement for Growth Strategy. The ambition is to make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people across the West Midlands by providing a safe better connected transport system. Currently working on projects that focus on the real-time collection of data for operational purposes and utilising that data in strategic transport planning. He is passionate about how data can continue to improve and extract more out of the transport system and the West Midlands is the right home to trial this as a result of working on Connected and Autonomous Mobility, 5G roll out and the preparations for the Commonwealth Games. His background in ICT and Geographical Information Systems throughout local government has developed a healthy sense of perspective in delivering change! 


Ron Oren, Principal Strategy  Analyst & Strategic Initiative Lead, Connected Places Catapult 

Ron Oren is an innovation specialist with 10 years’ experience in supporting innovation through strategy development, partnership creation and project design in a range of sectors including BioTech, MedTech and environmental engineering.

His current role at Connected Places Catapult focusses on societal and technologic trends to explore future risks, challenges and opportunities. Ron has led the Strategic Initiative on Open Data for Transport at Connected Places Catapult, where he has created pilots of data-driven services to demonstrate the value of the underlying data and to generate the business case to share date wider. 


Phil Roe, Chief Operating Officer & Strategy Director UKI, DHL Supply Chain

Phil Roe is Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain with responsibility for leading the Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience agenda for the UKI. 

Phil has substantial experience of supply chain leadership across multiple customers, sectors and geographies, with 30 years’ experience in a variety of senior leadership and operational roles and functional experience in marketing, new product development and sales.  

Phil is an Economics graduate; a member of DHL’s International Business Leader Program and recently completed a mini MBA at Salford Business School. He is a non-Executive Board Member of the Freight Transport Association and is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. 


Session 4 - Future Communities - speakers:


James Courtney-Evans, Head of Infrastructure & Transport, Corporate & Institutional Coverage, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group 


Elliot Shaw, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, Highways England

Elliot Shaw is the Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at Highways England, the government company that operates, maintains and enhances England’s      4,300-mile strategic road network (SRN). Elliot’s responsibilities include SRN strategy, Highways England’s organisational transformation agenda, its analytical and economist functions and its relationships with key statutory and regulatory bodies, including the Office for Rail and Road and Transport Focus.  

Before joining Highways England, Elliot worked at the Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport. Prior to this, Elliot was a management consultant, working in Accenture’s UK and US strategy practices. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, has been a Public Policy Fellow at Cambridge University and completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford Said Business School. 


Rubina Singh, Lead Mobility Technologist, Centrica 

Rubina leads on e-mobility technologies and innovation at Centrica. She is also an Advisory Expert to the Solar Impulse Foundation. Her previous roles span across technology development, setting up a new EV division and running cleantech innovation programs having worked in the UK, USA and Australia.

Rubina has published several papers on distributed energy technologies and EVs in international journals including IEEE, TechCrunch and PV Tech Power and is a regular speaker at international conferences. She has a M.Eng. in energy systems engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.Eng. in electronics and sustainable energy engineering from the Australian National University. 


Additional panellists to be confirmed...


Session 5 - Future Borders - speakers:


Alex Veitch, General Manager – Public Policy, Logistics UK 

Alex is responsible for Logistics UK policy positions, advocacy and influencing campaigns across all policy areas, leading our team of policy specialists. Alex has worked at Logistics UK since 2015 and was Head of Multimodal and previously Head of Global Policy, a role that included a one-year secondment to HMRC Customs EU Exit team.

Alex has a varied background across the transport and sustainability sectors, including developing low-carbon vehicle policies and programmes for the Energy Saving Trust; leading the sustainability unit for the global association of railways in Paris (UIC),  delivering multimodal passenger transport projects for passenger rail companies and leading EU policy engagement for the Rail Delivery Group.

In addition to his role at Logistics UK, Alex is Vice Chair of Living Streets, the national charity for everyday walking, and is a Chartered Member of CILT and IEMA.


Sandra Strong, Managing Partner of Strong & Herd 


Additional panellists to be confirmed...