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Delivering Decarbonisation Speakers

Dr Russell Fowler, Senior Project 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.

Tim Campbell, Managing Director, Campbell's Consultancy

Tim has over 40 years experience of working in the commercial vehicle industry and owned Europe’s leading commercial vehicle only research company working around the world before a friendly take-over in 2013 of his data division. Since then he's concentrated on consultancy, helping clients manage the transition from diesel to electric / hydrogen fuel cell; indeed he was recently the Senior Commercial Vehicle Consultant for the National Grid (Ventures Division), looking at the strategic implications of the UK’s route to zero emissions for the road transport sector.  Tim holds a Galileo Master Certificate in Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage from the European Energy Centre, is a council member of the Zemo, contributed to the government’s Electric Vehicle Taskforce Report and a regular speaker at various global conferences on EV /Fuel Cell.  


Dee Humphries, Director, Equans EV Solutions 

Dee Humphries is the Director of Equans EV Solutions. As part of the Equans Group, Equans EV Solutions empower businesses, communities and drivers to transition to e-mobility.

Dee has a wealth of experience in Facilities Management and Business Transformation and spent a number of years at Mitie before joining Equans EV Solutions in 2020. With a passion for change and its impact on people, she relishes working in an industry that is accelerating the journey to Net Zero. Dee loves the daily opportunities to interact with so many people making changes for the better.

Dee lives in Essex with her partner, two children and her dog.


John Trenchard, Commercial and Supply Chain Director, UK, DP World 

John joined DP World in February 2021 after returning to the UK following an international career in the global logistics industry with P&O Containers,  P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk and APM Terminals.

Over the last 20 years has lived and worked in a variety of international supply chain roles in the Netherlands, Denmark, Chile, China and the  United States.

John has been responsible for developing business across the maritime, port and inland transport modes and has a keen interest in accelerating the journey towards more sustainable international logistics.

As UK Commercial and Supply Chain Director John is responsible for creating and sharing value with DP World’s customers as a trusted supply chain partner.


Matt Pumfrey, Principle, MWP Associates

Matt has had a lifelong passion for sustainability and has worked in the sector his entire career. A career that has seen him set up and run his own businesses, as well as create and run a sustainability and energy services business for a FTSE100 outsourced services organisation. 

Matt specialises in identifying and translating sustainability goals for business and developing strategies, processes, and operating models to enable these goals to be delivered. He has a clear understanding of the social, economic and environmental business drivers, the risks they may pose and how to mitigate them along with a pragmatic approach to delivering successful business outcomes. Skills that are becoming more and more important in a world in climate crisis.


Professor Alan McKinnon, Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg

Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics in Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg and Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has been researching, teaching and advising in freight transport / logistics for over 40 years and published widely in journals, books and reports on many different aspects of the subject. He has been an adviser to several governments, parliamentary committees and international organisations, including the International Transport Forum/OECD, the World Bank, European Commission, World Economic Forum and UN agencies. In 2018 he published a book on Decarbonizing Logistics. 


Olly Craughan, Head of Sustainability, DPDgroup UK 

Olly Craughan has been with DPD since 2012, joining as a Depot General Manager, Olly ran the DPD Lincoln site covering one of the largest territories in the Network and delivering 13,000 parcels per day.

In January 2020 Olly took the challenge to lead DPD's strategy to become the UK's leader in sustainable delivery. As Head of Sustainability at DPD UK Olly has driven a number of initiatives including the Vision 30 initiative to deliver all-electric in the final mile to 30 towns and cities, servicing 25% of the UK population and over 100 million parcels by the end of 2024. Increasing our EV fleet from 149 in January 2020 to over 3,500 in October 2023, and transitioning the Linehaul fleet to 100% HVO.

DPD’s sustainability mission goes further, and includes our depots, hubs and offices, all powered by 100% renewable electricity. 100% of waste avoids landfill, of which over 90% is reused or recycled. In addition the highly innovative Eco Fund, supports community and school environmental projects, and is financed by DPD's circular economy initiatives in recycling waste, plastic and wood.


Andrew Scott, Head Electromobility and Product Development, Renault Trucks

Andrew Scott leads Renault Trucks’ electric mobility activity, developing customer-led product plans and working with Government and other stakeholders to inform their decarbonisation ambitions and strategy. He has led the innovation of Renault Trucks’ vehicles, including leading the development and delivery of the UK’s first electric concrete mixers, now working for Tarmac and London Concrete. Andrew is one of Motor Transport magazine’s 2023 ‘Decarbonisation Power Players’, recognised for his wide contribution to the UK’s journey towards zero carbon transport solutions.


Dr Alistair Barnes, Senior Programme Manager - Land & Maritime Transport, Innovate UK 

Alistair is a Senior Programme Manager, responsible for over £200 million of funding within Innovate UK's Land and Maritime Transport team. As the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK has a key role in working with the Government to support UK businesses. He has a technical engineering background, having worked in batteries and aerospace, and is playing an important role in the decarbonisation of heavy duty vehicles. 


Anthony Humble-Smith, Group Sustainability Lead, Gregory Distribution 

Anthony is the Group Sustainability Lead at Gregory Group, where he spearheads pioneering sustainability efforts. Passionate about technological advancements and industry collaboration, he's witnessed a surge in ESG focus within the industry and notes customer expectations are no longer focused solely on efficient logistics, but on how the hauliers play a key role in decarbonising supply chains.

Under his guidance, Gregory Group achieved milestones such as setting ambitious decarbonisation targets with SBTi, deploying a range of alternative fuels, Investing in new sustainable technology, closer customer collaboration and a steep decrease in the carbon intensity of the Gregory Group.

Anthony emphasises integrity in sustainable solutions is key in building strategic partnerships. He envisions a diverse future of transportation, with battery electric leading the way, and anticipates a pivotal upgrade in on-road refuelling/recharging as being the defining breakthrough in the new era.


Nick Graham, Head of External Networks, Eddie Stobart

Nick leads the Sustainability Agenda for Stobart, and he is the lead contact for managing the company’s communications with Government and Trade Associations.  He manages and monitors strategies around significant logistics policy issues, most recently Brexit, Covid-19 and the Driver shortage.

Nick has an impressive 35-year career history within the Logistics Industry and has worked for several large logistics companies in leading roles; Transport Director for Wincanton and more recently Warehousing Director for Stobart. He is a fellow in the Institute of Logistics, has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a degree in Chemical Engineering.


Dr Nick Head, Head of Sustainability - UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics 

Dr Nicholas Head is the Head of Sustainability – UK and Ireland, at XPO Logistics. He has specialised in the environmental sector over the last 12 years, including achieving an MSc and PhD from the University of Northampton, focusing on circular economy and assessing the viability of business models structured around sustainability. During his PhD studies, Dr Head lectured on his specialisms of circular economy and systems thinking approaches to environmental issues at the University of Northampton and the Open University, before moving back into the private sector as a consultant and then for various FMCG companies in Head of Sustainability positions over the last four years. A member of the CIWM, Dr Head has sat on and contributed to various steering groups over the last five years and has also been an active member of the Schumacher Institute (looking at societal issues from systems thinking perspective); IEMA and the Sustainability Committee for the British Coffee Association. In his spare time, Dr Head is a keen walker, particularly on rugged coasts and areas of rolling hills.


Megan Turner, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Port of Dover

Megan Turner (BScHons) is the Environment and Sustainability Manager at the Port of Dover. She has worked at the port for over 5 years and has been responsible for calculating the ports carbon footprint and producing SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting) reports during this time. She has also been involved in a range of energy projects; she was instrumental in delivering Dover’s first PAQS (Ports Air Quality Strategy), producing an ESOS report (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) and collaborating with project partners to deliver the Dover Clean Ferry Power Project (Clean Maritime Bid funded project), and she is also the project manager on the Green Corridor at Short Straits Project (Clean Maritime Bid funded project) Alongside this she has experience in, ISO 14001 implementation, environmental compliance and regulation, waste management and biodiversity monitoring.


Tim Bennett, General Manager, Shell TapUp UK 

Introducing Tim Bennett, the driving force behind Shell TapUp's mission to support businesses with their energy transition in the UK. With over 20 years of leadership experience spanning service, manufacturing, and construction, Tim prides himself on creating high-performing teams and forging lasting relationships. Prior to leading Shell TapUp, his career saw him working with Tarmac, Mars, Heathrow Airport, and Associated British Ports at the Port of Southampton.

Tim is not just a corporate leader; he's a dedicated ICF-approved coach who is passionate about personal development. His enthusiasm extends beyond the boardroom to his love for sports, nature, and community service with charities like the RSPCA. To explore the future of sustainable energy and alternative fuels, connect with Tim today.


Ashley Tate, Managing Director of Allstar Chargepass UK

With over 10 years’ experience in energy, utilities, and electric vehicles (EVs), he joined the business in 2023 when FLEETCOR acquired Mina. Ash now heads up the EV division of Allstar, named Allstar Chargepass, where he supports companies transitioning their business vehicles and fleets to EVs.

Having founded Mina in 2020, Ash quickly built a successful company dedicated to accelerating the transition to EV business fleets by making paying for charging, simple. Now this business has been integrated with sister brand Allstar Business Solutions to offer a range of EV charging payment solutions.

Ash is an entrepreneur who has been founding businesses since he was 15, most notably Split The Bills in 2011. He has a passion for scaling startups and is now enjoying bringing his unique perspective to the EV space.


Brian Robinson, Commerical Vehicle & Sustainability Consultant, ZEMO Partnership 

Brian’s expertise and experience centre on zero emission and low carbon technologies, safety improvements and alternative fuel pathways for commercial and heavy duty vehicles. His clients include the Department for Transport, Zemo Partnership and BSI. Brian’s work for Zemo involves providing technical consultancy and project management support to its various van, off-highway and truck-related initiatives. For BSI, Brian has been appointed Technical Author to draft a code of practice on public HGV charging station design. Brian was on the assessment panel for DfT/Innovate UK’s Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstration programme, authored the key findings report of the Low Emissions Freight Trials (LEFT) and leads Zemo’s ground-breaking work on quantifying the emissions impacts of refrigerated HGVs and vans. Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and before forming his own consultancy business back in 2014, had lengthy careers at both TRL Ltd and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Malcolm Wilkinson, Head of Connected & Automated Vehicles and Energy, National Highways 

Malcolm is the Head of Connected & Automated Vehicles and Energy at National Highways, the government-owned company responsible for England’s 4,500 miles of motorways and major A-roads. His role is to work with industry and stakeholders to ensure National Highways is prepared for and supporting emerging new vehicle technologies. This includes the delivery of energy storage systems to motorway service areas, and supporting the Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator Programme.

Previously Malcolm headed National Highways’ Designated Funds programme, led the operational input to smart motorway development, led operational management of the strategic road network in the south west, and managed major projects.


Ian Foster, Director of Engineering Strategy, Metroline Travel 

Ian Foster FIRTE,FSOE,FCILT is currently Director of Engineering Strategy for Metroline Travel and a Director of Catlynn Transport Consultants, he has over 45 years experience in Transport and Logistics Engineering and operations.  He represents the bus and coach sectors on the Institute of Road Transport Engineers sector council, and is Chairman of the UK Electric Vehicle Engineering group, set up for the Bus and Coach Engineering sector.

Oversaw the role out of large hybrid fleet into London, first double deck EV trials for TfL, 200 electric buses into daily service and currently working on 6th & 7th depot electrification. Ian also worked with TfL to deliver 20 hydrogen buses and a refuelling station into the London bus fleet.


Rob Fowler, Fleet Director, Royal Mail 

Reporting directly to the COO, Rob is responsible for managing Royal Mail's fleet of c. 50,800 vehicles and over 1,000 fleet maintenance colleagues. In addition to ensuring the effective operation of the fleet across the UK, Rob leads on Royal Mail's programme of vehicle electrification. Over 3,000 electric vans have been introduced to the final mile delivery fleet so far with a further 2,200 vans to be introduced under Royal Mail's Steps to Zero environmental strategy by the Spring of 2023.

Rob has over 12 years of experience in the logistics sector. Before joining Royal Mail earlier this year he worked as an independent consultant and was previously the CEO of Volta Trucks. He also worked at DPD Group for 10 years.

Rob holds a BSc in Economics and a MSc in Real Estate.


Norman Harding, Corporate Fleet Manager, London Borough of Hackney 

Norman Harding MIRTE,MSOE, heads up Hackney Councils fleet department responsible for 565 vehicles and some 800 drivers. Norman has considerable career experience of working with alternative fuel technology including gas, electric and high blend renewable biofuels. At Hackney he has implemented BEV and charging infrastructure whereby 18% of his fleet are fully electric and 85% of his fuel turnover is through the use of high blend HVO saving over 2500 tonnes of CO2 annually.  He also chairs ALTO, a voluntary network of senior transport managers from the 33 London authorities supporting information exchange, joint working and collaboration on like-for-like services and projects. He currently chairs the Logistics UK Greater London Freight Forum.


Steve Tainton, Head of Sustainability, Wincanton 

Steve is a graduate electronic engineer with an extensive background in the computer products manufacturing industry. He changed direction in 2005, completing a Masters in Energy and Environment Studies, led by a strong commitment to responsible business, and moved into a career in sustainability.

Steve has been in the supply chain industry for 13 years joining Wincanton in 2010 to develop their carbon reduction programme. He now has responsibility for the environmental management and sustainability programmes for Wincanton, and thinks widely about ESG, Social Value and responsible business whilst delivering sustainable supply chain value in a variety of sectors.

Steve provides technical support on environmental matters to internal operational and project teams and represents Wincanton and the logistics sector in a range of external industry working groups, customer forums and consultative groups regarding environment and sustainability.

Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics company, has announced a goal of “Net-zero carbon by 2040” and Steve will be using the details and challenges of this ambition as context to provide a supply chain operator’s perspective of what decarbonisation might look like.


David Brown, Managing Director, MRCT

David took over the role of Managing Director at MRCT in April this year having previously held the position of Operations Director at the business for the last 17 years. With a wide experience of the logistic sector spanning over 40 years including own account operation, multiuser consolidation and the pure transport operation of a family business he continues to be the company’s main contact for managing communications with Trade Associations and Government as well having hands on management of the quality and standards team. This role encompasses the company’s approach to sustainability and decarbonisation. His focus is that the business achieves this without creating a culture of green washing or investing in new technologies that risk becoming stranded assets. David’s biggest personal concern is that of the government’s commitment to immediate decarbonisation and the incentives that could truly help the logistics industry achieve this in staged practical ways without placing prohibitive legislation and obstacles in that path.