Board of Directors

Zemo Partnership is steered by a Board of Directors which provides overall strategic direction, agrees a rolling work plan and initiates Partnership activities. The Board comprises a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 directors drawn from across the principal stakeholder groups:

  • Automotive manufacturers

  • Automotive supplier

  • Consultant or technology provider or after service
  • Fuel or energy supplier
  • Transport operators and consumer organisation
  • Public sector (including trusts, agencies NDPBs and local government)
  • Environmental, academic and other organisations

Elected Board positions are for a three-year term and existing board members can stand for re-election at the end of their term. Elected directors require nomination from within their stakeholder group. The Board will also be able to co-opt individuals with specific skills and experience to serve one three-year term. The number of co-opted representatives in each stakeholder group will be decided by the Board. One position is reserved for the Chair of the Members Council.

The Board has selected Philip Sellwood as Chair from within its membership for 2020/21.

The funding Government Department (DfT) attends Board meetings as a contributing observer.

Philip Sellwood CBE
Chair

Philip Sellwood was CEO of the Energy Saving Trust from 2003-2020. During that time he has undertaken 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 a NED on the boards of the Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and the Local Government Innovation and Improvement.

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 .

Andy Eastlake
Zemo Partnership (Managing Director)

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 the 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.

Angela Johnson
Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Angela is Head of Knowledge and Technology Strategy at Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC). Angela and her team help their high-profile global customers (including major automakers, fuel & energy players, government organisations, and tech start-ups) address technical, environmental, and business issues; many of their projects answer challenging questions about the future of mobility and vehicle technology.

Spanning technical and strategic roles, Angela’s 20-year career at Ricardo underpins a deep understanding of the major issues that surround Low Carbon Vehicles. Indeed, in 2016 and 2018 she was named in the “Top 100 most influential women in the UK automotive industry” by Autocar and SMMT.

Prior to joining Ricardo, Angela worked for Perkins and BOC Edwards. Academically, Angela is a graduate in mechanical engineering (University of Warwick). She also holds a graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Complementing her position at RSC, Angela is also a board member of the Green Growth Platform at Brighton University, part of Green Growth UK, an organisation focused on enabling sustainable growth with minimum environmental impact. 

Darran Messem
Velocys

Darran Messem is a Director at Velocys - a sustainable fuels company focused on the production of high-quality low carbon transport fuel from municipal household waste. He has served on the Board of the Zemo Partnership since 2005, and was its Chair from 2014 to 2020. Darran is also a Non-Executive Director for BRE - the building science centre.

Darran joined Shell as a graduate recruit from Cambridge University, and when first elected to the Board of Zemo Partnership he was Shell’s Vice President for Fuel Development. Subsequently he joined the Carbon Trust as International Director and Managing Director Certification.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a member a Berkshire Triathlon Squad.

Bob Austin
Sunamp Ltd

As Sunamp’s Global Automotive Business Manager, Bob is building a global automotive business for advanced thermal energy storage devices that store heat and cold. The technology designed and developed for the built environment is being transferred to the automotive market to help address vehicle thermal management challenges.

Bob has experience in forming and managing collaborative R&D networks; socialising new technology; and business development primarily to the automotive industry where he has extensive OEM, Tier 1 and supply chain connections.

Bob is a founding director and board member of Productiv and The Proving Factory formed in 2011 to productionise early stage technologies.

He has held senior international management and business development roles at Johnson Matthey Metals and AB Electronic Products that included six years based in Germany. He has been elected non-executive director and board member of the UK’s Zemo Partnership. 

David Wright
Coventry University

David is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Coventry University, part of the team responsible for identifying, developing and implementing major projects and investments which are driving the university’s research agenda forward.  Included in his current portfolio are the Applied Low Carbon Technology Centre and the National Transport Design Centre, which will open in May 2017.

Originally having joined Coventry University in 2009, David was Head of Manufacturing at Innovate UK from 2014 - 2015, where his responsibilities included the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. His career has been primarily in and around the automotive sector, both at OEM – Land Rover and Morgan Motor Company – and in tier 1 powertrain component manufacturing.

After a spell in management consulting, David joined the Manufacturing Advisory Service – West Midlands in 2002 as its first Chief Executive, a position he held for almost 7 years, delivering significant business improvement to hundreds of manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands.

At Coventry University as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Major Initiatives he led both the Low Carbon Vehicles and Metrology Grand Challenge Initiatives.  David holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the IET and a member of its Design and Production Executive.

Claire Haigh
Greener Transport Solutions

Claire Haigh is CEO of Greener Transport Solutions, and the former Chief Executive of sustainable transport group Greener Journeys.

She is the Chair of the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); is Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub; is a Director and Vice Chair of Zemo Partnership; and a Judge for the National Transport Awards. Previous positions include Advisor and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester and Member of Mayor Andy Burnham’s Manchester Congestion Expert Reference Group. She was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation PLUSBUS the first national multi-operator bus-rail ticket.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, and a Fellow of the RSA Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. She writes a monthly column for Passenger Transport and writes regularly Transport Times.

Gerry Keaney
BVRLA

Gerry Keaney is Chief Executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), having joined the association in 2013.

In addition to his BVRLA role, Gerry sits on the UK Government’s Motorist’s Forum and is a member of the CBI’s Trade Association Council and Chairman of the Automotive Strategy Group of Leaseurope.

Gerry has spent most of his working life in the automotive industry, having started his career at Jaguar and Land Rover and subsequently spending 21 years at Volvo Cars. After spells in a variety of senior sales, operations and dealer roles, he was Chief Executive of Volvo Cars UK between 1996 and 2002. He then moved on to a number of international roles at the parent company, culminating with nine years as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service and member of the Management Board.

Grant Pearson
Ensus UK Ltd

Grant is the Commercial Director of Ensus, a UK bioethanol and animal feed producer. Grant joined Ensus shortly after the business formed and has responsibilities for all commercial aspect of the business. Prior to Ensus, Grant had extensive commercial and business management experience, managing businesses, based in the USA, Belgium, Hong Kong and the UK. These roles were predominately in the chemicals, electronics, automotive and service industries and included General Manager, Royal Mail, UK, President and CEO Acheson Industries, USA, General Manager and Corporate VP Emerson & Cumming, USA.

Grant has also been a Board / Policy Board member of a number of industry association including ePURE, NAPA and the REA where he currently also chairs the Road Transport Group.

Prof Greg Marsden
Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds

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 15 years covering a range of issues. In particular his work has focused on local:national policy dynamics in the implementation of low carbon and energy reduction strategies.

He is Chair of the Commission on Travel Demand, looking at the implications for energy of alternative travel demand futures. Current research examines how the smart mobility transition and the combination of electrification, automation and personalised intelligent mobility will change how we think about what, how and who governs the mobility system. He has reviewed future governance challenges for the UK to 2040 as part of the Foresight Study on Future Mobility.

He is the Secretary General of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Governance. He has served as an advisor to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and regularly advises national and international governments.

Justin Laney
John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) fleet of 3,200 commercial vehicles and 1500 cars. A primary focus of this role is promoting fleet sustainability. In practice, in a fleet already recognised for being very efficient, this means using clean fuels such as biomethane, advanced aerodynamics, and promotion of ever-improving driving styles, all backed up with good science and rigorous testing.

Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK. 

Mike Hawes
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Mike Hawes became SMMT Chief Executive on 2 September 2013.

He has more than 20 years experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the motor industry. He joined SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of PR, corporate and public affairs roles.

Prior to that, he also worked for both Toyota and, more recently, Bentley’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, were he developed the European and global knowledge needed for this challenging role.

Peter Harris
UPS Europe

Peter Harris joined UPS in 1989 as an Automotive Supervisor and was promoted in 1992 to Fleet Manager. In 1997, he accepted the Automotive Director position in the UK before becoming UK Industrial Engineering Director in 2003. In 2005, Peter took an assignment with Corporate Compliance, developing and implementing a system to manage regulatory compliance outside the U.S. He accepted the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and 2 years as a volunteer agricultural engineer with Voluntary Service Overseas in Indonesia, developing better ways of storing rice. Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) Peter is married with two children and has two classic cars.

Peter Stephens
Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd

Peter Stephens is Head of UK External & Government Affairs for Nissan, leading engagement with external stakeholders on a wide range of issues from ultra-low emission vehicles to business competitiveness. Prior to joining Nissan in 2015, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, mostrecently working on EU competitiveness issues. Previous roles included renewable energy, international trade, employment regulation and business financing. He started his career in the water industry, working in operational management and strategy development. He holds degrees in Environmental Science and Theology and a PhD in Chemistry.

Philippa Oldham
APC UK (Chair of Members Council)

A Chartered Engineer with a wealth of experience working with a wide range of stakeholders from government, industry and academia to create visionary solutions, with the ability to challenge existing silos between the sectors. As APC UK Stakeholder Engagement Director, Philippa offers a great oversight into the challenges we face both locally and internationally within the manufacturing and transport realms. Key topics of interest are intelligent mobility, air quality, future transport networks and the Internet of Things.

Joining the Advanced Propulsion Centre in January 2018 she uses her experience and knowledge of the UK’s transport modes and infrastructure to build on the strategy already in place, driving through and accelerating deliverables. This opportunity to incubate collaborations, honing solutions to drive UK leadership in terms of exportable products and services. The APC is in the position to lead the way in engaging and educating all of society into thinking about their own mobility choices and driving forward the intelligent low carbon propulsion agenda across our transport network.

Often invited to speak as an expert on transport and manufacturing on national and international TV and radio – highlights include BBC Radio 4's Today Programme and Women’s Hour.

Roger Hunter
Shell

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.