The Secretariat Team

The Secretariat’s role is to facilitate engagement between members of the Partnership and acts as the first point of contact for organisations and individuals interested in its work. The Secretariat coordinates the work of the Board of Trustees, the Members Council and the Working Groups and represents the Partnership to internal and external audiences.

Claire Haigh
Claire Haigh
Executive Director

Claire Haigh was appointed as Executive Director of Zemo Partnership in January 2024. Claire comes to Zemo from Greener Vision where she was the Founder & CEO. Greener Vision is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the switch to a greener future

She also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra) and is Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, and of the not-for-profit organisation Greener Transport Solutions.  She has been a Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester and was Vice-Chair of Zemo Partnership. 

Claire is also an artist motivated by a desire for positive change.  “If we want to change behaviours, we need to change the premises which led to them”. Her work The Tabula Project aims to provide a new perspective on the mind.

Jonathan Murray
Jonathan Murray
Policy and Operations Director

Jonathan is the Policy and Operations Director and has responsibility for formulating the policy objectives of the Partnership, in conjunction with government departments and members, ensuring the work programme reflects those policy objectives and disseminating the outputs of the Partnership’s work programme to policy makers. Jonathan has direct responsibility for co-ordinating the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce and delivery of the work programme and liaison with Taskforce stakeholders. He also has responsibility for operational aspects of the Partnership's activities.

Jonathan is an environmental economist with over twenty years of experience working in the automotive and fuel industries for companies including the Energy Saving Trust, the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) and Total Oil among others. His experience involves developing policy, designing and implementing programmes to promote markets for environmental vehicles, technologies and fuels working closely with the UK Government and EC during the last two decades. 

In 2003 he was awarded the Green Fleet Award for Personal Achievement for helping kick-start the market for clean fuelled vehicles in the UK.

Gloria Esposito
Gloria Esposito
Head of Sustainability

Gloria is an environmental scientist with expertise in policy development related to zero emission vehicles and sustainable low carbon fuels. Her work at Zemo Partnership has focused on a range of national policy areas including the Low Emission Bus Grant, Car Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme, CVRAS and Low Carbon Fuels Strategy. She has established various initiatives to support the market deployment of sustainable low carbon fuels including Zemo’s Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme. Gloria currently leads the Fuels Working Group and Zemo Partnership’s work stream on life-cycle analysis.

Gloria has an MSc in Integrated Pollution Control and is Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow Member of IEMA. Before joining Zemo Partnership, her work focused on local air quality management working in consultancy and the public sector. She’s won several awards including - WWF Community Hero Award, Green Fleet Magazine Public Sector Green Fleet Award and the Guardian’s Fleet Hero Award for Innovation in Fleet Management.

Andy Eastlake
Andy Eastlake
Senior Technical Advisor

Andy became Senior Technical Advisor at Zemo Partnership in January 2024.

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 Managing Director in April 2012 and became Zemo Partnership Chief Executive Officer in June 2021.

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.

Neil Wallis
Neil Wallis
Head of Communications Consultant

Neil is responsible for Zemo Partnership's communications activities including most publications, the monthly e-newsletter and has strategic oversight of the website. He also manages the Partnership's own events, including the Annual Conference and parliamentary/Party Conference activities; he also agrees participation in third-party initiatives. Neil is responsible for media and parliamentary communications and for aspects of the Secretariat's information management.

Neil has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of policy, public affairs, business development and communications roles. After 7 years with the energy company, Texaco, and a two-year assignment as a VSO volunteer, Neil joined the Energy Saving Trust's nascent transport programmes division. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, a Masters in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alec Thomson
Alec Thomson
Project Manager

Alec first joined Zemo Partnership as part of the internship programme before joining the team full-time, and now has the primary role as Project Manager, leading the Energy Infrastructure Working Group activities. Alec also provides support across a range of Zemo projects, coordinating the integration of the innovation workstream across the different working groups and supporting the Partnership's role in the EV Energy Taskforce.

Alec has a BSc (Hons.) in Physics, a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Energy Systems and the Environment.

Dan Hayes
Dan Hayes
Programme Manager

At Zemo, Dan manages the work programme of the Bus and Coach Working Group, overseeing the delivery of projects such as the ZEVRAS accreditation scheme for repowering diesel buses and coaches to zero emission, defining a Zero Emission Bus in collaboration with industry for use in UK grant funding programmes, developing the UK Bus Cycle test for assessing energy efficiency of ZEBs, evaluating the opportunities for decarbonising coaches in the UK and running Zemo Partnership's Zero Emission Bus Workshop series. The focus of his work to date has been encouraging the uptake of zero emission bus technologies and low carbon fuels through evidence-based policy recommendations to government and supporting industry through sharing best practice through publications such as the Zero Emission Bus Guide and the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Technology Guide.

Dan recently completed a six-month secondment at the Department for Transport in their Zero Emission Bus policy team investigating standards relating to zero emission buses including charger interoperability and thermal safety. Dan has a Professional Diploma in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology and an undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds.

Catherine Dove
Catherine Dove
Executive Support Manager

Catherine Dove has rejoined Zemo as Executive Support Manager, supporting the Partnership’s Executive Team in operational, HR and administration matters.

Catherine facilitates Zemo’s governance, working with the CEO and Chair, supporting the Board and its Executive Committees. Currently, Catherine is also managing Zemo’s website content with the Communications and Marketing team.  Catherine was one of the original members of Zemo, as LowCVP, starting soon after its founding in 2003.

She is a linguist by training,  holding a BA Hons in French and Spanish from Manchester University and has worked in various coordination and administration roles in the non-profit sector from the National Trust and UNESCO to the DVSA.

 

Jackie Savage
Jackie Savage
Project Manager

Jackie has over 18 years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Zemo Partnership she worked for Ricardo, an automotive engineering consultancy. She has worked on vehicle and engine calibration programmes to meet emissions standards for a range of vehicle applications. She has also delivered fuel consumption studies, incorporating real world and laboratory emissions testing and analysis.

She has a first class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE. Jackie supports Zemo Partnership’s Fuels Working Group and Life Cycle Analysis work streams.

Tim Griffen
Tim Griffen
Project Manager

Tim manages the work programme of the Bus & Coach Working Group, overseeing the delivery of projects such as the Zero Emission Bus Certification scheme in support of DfT funding schemes like ZEBRA and BSOG, running Zemo's Zero Emission Bus Workshop series, and evaluating the opportunities for decarbonising coaches and minibuses in the UK.

The main focus of his work to date has been aimed at encouraging the uptake of zero emission and low carbon bus technologies through publications such as the Zero Emission Bus Guide, and supporting industry to negotiate the barriers associated with fleet electrification.

Tim graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2019 with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, after which he joined public transport operator The Go-Ahead Group in a Graduate Engineer role focused on bus asset management. During this time, Tim was engaged in multiple projects centred around the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, developing a passion for improving air quality and encouraging modal shift.

Emily Stevens
Emily Stevens
Project Officer

Emily graduated from King’s College London with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. During her studies, she developed a specific interest in air quality and completed a dissertation focused on the spatial and temporal distribution of Particulate Matter 2.5 within the London Underground.

In addition to her studies, Emily has experience within the Widening Participation sphere, pushing to improve local access to higher education. She is looking to incorporate this experience into improving stakeholder engagement and cross-sector knowledge within air quality and transportation, to help accelerate the shift to zero emissions.

Emily will be supporting projects across the Zemo Partnership, with a specific focus on Commercial Vehicles.

Naomi Brandon-Bravo
Naomi Brandon-Bravo
Project Officer

Naomi graduated from the University of Warwick in 2022 with a BASc in Global Sustainable Development. From this, she gained an interdisciplinary understanding of some of the greatest global challenges and developed a strong motivation to reduce carbon emissions. In one of her main group projects, she and her team created a policy brief which aimed to increase cycling amongst university students through infrastructural changes.

Additionally, her undergraduate research into the socio-economic impacts of biofuels sparked her interest in working towards a more sustainable transport and energy sector. Naomi will be supporting Zemo across projects, particularly focusing on electric vehicle infrastructure.

Amir Amin
Amir Amin
Marketing Executive

Amir graduated from the University of Westminster with a First Class honours degree in IR and Development, earning an Excellence Award for being a top performer within his faculty. His degree provided him with an understanding of international development, politics and economics, as well as contemporary global issues, including climate change and sustainability.

He is a Marketing and Digital Marketing specialist, and has gained valuable experience working with businesses across different sectors, both B2B and B2C. Amir has a passion for marketing, sustainable development and the environment, and is keen to put this all to to good use by being a part of a meaningful organisation that makes a positive impact.

Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson
Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant

Brian leads Zemo Partnership’s Commercial Vehicle Working Group and its various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as the main point of contact on freight transport emissions issues for DfT and TfL’s LoCITY programme. Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, with a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and has over thirty years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability, vehicle safety, strategic analysis, professional associations, programme leadership and managing people, projects and resources. Before going freelance in 2014, Brian spent 16 years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research, and 12 years at IMechE, much of that as Head of Energy.

Outside of his Zemo Partnership and other work, Brian is a Board Member of the Society for the Environment, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Board Member of the IMechE’s Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group.

Rob Ward
Rob Ward
Technical Consultant

Rob has 30 years of experience working in the automotive industry, starting with a number of years at the Vehicle Certification Agency both in the UK and the US. From there, Rob joined Millbrook Proving Ground to establish their Homologation Team which over time evolved into a project management team, running all larger cross-company projects. After a period away in Africa and running his own engineering consultancy, Rob returned to Millbrook to establish and manage their Vehicle Programmes Group responsible for all track-based test and development activities.

Rob then moved to head up Navistar in the UK, where he was responsible for European and North African operations, before joining Zemo as a Technical Consultant in 2021.

Rob has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Zemo Partnership we are committed to encouraging equality, fairness, diversity and inclusion among our staff, and to eliminating unlawful discrimination. We aim to attract, recognise and nurture diverse talent and for our employees, and our members, to feel respected. Zemo Partnership in all its interactions with members or the public, is also committed to oppose and avoid unlawful discrimination.