GreenFleetâ€™s pick of the most influential people that have shaped the low-carbon fleet industry in 2018
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100 NEW Edward Kulperger European Vice President, Geotab Geotab’s technology is proven at getting the most out of electric vehicles. Ethical grocer Farmdrop recorded a 27 per cent improvement in EV range and 33 per cent improvement in driver safety thanks to Geotab and LEVL technology. Geotab expanded its presence in the EV space with the acquisition of FleetCarma last year.
99 Kevin Bradshaw Chief Executive, Northgate Vehicle Hire Northgate’s ‘We Buy You Rent’ scheme supports customers in becoming greener and more efficient, removing barriers that can exist in terms of upgrading an owned fleet to a greener alternative.
98 NEW Doctor Euan McTurk Electrochemist, Dukosi Batteries Angela Pisanu, editor, GreenFleet
Welcome to the third GreenFleet 100 Most Influential list. It is a time when the GreenFleet team casts its mind over the last year and filters out the top names that we feel have had the most impact on shaping the low-carbon transport agenda. The list is made up of individuals for central and local government, industry associations, fleet managers, charities, car manufacturers, and businesses that supply the sector. What ties them together is their contribution to making the fleet and motoring industry more environmentally-friendly. This year saw us wish we could go beyond one hundred, as we were impressed with the individuals striving to clean up road transport emissions and air quality. There are 29 new entrants; many are winners or commended individuals from our GreenFleet Awards past and present, people that we have met during our events across the country, or industry figures that contribute to the magazine. Accommodating so many new people has meant some considerable movement on the list, with many climbing, many dropping and some leaving the list – for this year anyway. New to the top ten is the BEIS’s Claire Perry who has responsibility for government’s Industrial Strategy and international climate change, meaning her role often crosses over into the green side of transport. GreenFleet’s 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award winner Matthew Eastwood also joins the list for the first time. Following an impressive career focusing on sustainable transport, he now oversees all transport activities across the Energy Saving Trust, delivering substantial programmes on sustainable transport and vehicle charging infrastructure. 2018 was a challenging year for fleets, caused by uncertainty from Brexit, WLTP and the demonisation of diesel. And so it is great to see that despite this backdrop, there are so many committed individuals that are achieving great things. Congratulations to those on the list. For consideration on next year’s list, upload your nominations to gf100.greenfleet.net/form/submissions
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Euan is increasingly becoming the go to man for information on EVs. As well as winning GreenFleet’s EV Champion award last year, Euan launched Plug Life Television, the YouTube channel about EVs and battery technology.
97 NEW Tom Pakenham Head of Electric Vehicles, OVO Energy Tom Pakenham, one of the founders of green taxi companies Green Tomato Cars, is head of EVs at OVO Energy. The company is currently running a trial in London, transforming 50 lamp posts into charging points.
96 John Gorton Head of Transport, Kent and Essex Police As a proactive member of the National Association of Police Fleet Managers, John engages in several national working groups, including the standardisation of UK police vehicles.
95 NEW Sathish Sathuraman Travel Plan Co-ordinator, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust GreenFleet EV Champion Sathish has introduced a fleet of electric vehicles for use by the trust and has spearheaded the installation of 33 electrical charging points at NHS sites across Northumberland and North Tyneside.
94 Thomas Henderson service manager (fleet operations), Fife Council Fife’s fleet operations, led by Tom, have been a major catalyst for the rise in EV usage by the general public in Fife. In 2018, Fife Council reduced its CO2 output by 3,400 tonnes compared to 2017, by using telematics to improve employees’ driving style and reduce mpg.
93 NEW Mark Chapman EV Support Specialist, Milk & More Britain’s largest doorstep milk delivery service Mike & More introduced 200 zero emission electric StreetScooter milk floats to its fleet in May last year. Mark was commended at the 2018 GreenFleet Awards in the Private Sector Fleet Manager of the Year category.
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92 NEW Pat Taggart Fleet Manager, Falkirk Council
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Pat’s passion for electric has seen Falkirk Council adopt 20 electric and hybrid vehicles on its fleet. Pat was a close runner up as Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at the 2018 GreenFleet Awards.
91 Amanda Lyne Managing Director, Ulemco Amanda is the source of all knowledge on hydrogen as an alternative fuel, being deputy-chair of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and MD of ULEMC. ULEMCo is currently working with partners on the OLEV Low Emission Freight Trial.
90 NEW Sara Sloman Principal Officer, Sustainable Travel and Road Safety, North East Somerset Council Sara was awarded EV Champion at the 2018 GreenFleet awards for her work in delivering an array of EV related incentives to promote the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles as part of the West of England’s Go Ultra Low West project (GULW).
89 Arne Knaben Former Managing Director, Volvo Trucks UK Volvo Trucks is making waves in the electrified commercial vehicle market, with the launch of the FL Electric truck. Arne left the position at the end of 2018 to preside over Volvo Trucks’ Middle East, East & North African operations.
88 Bianca Orrey Managing Director, EV OneStop Bianca set up evonestop.co.uk, which is the first online store specialising in supplying EV/PHEV equipment to the general public and businesses. Bianca has extensive knowledge of the EV industry, which she has been a part of for over 10 years.
87 Darren Smith Fleet Standards and Delivery Manager, Heathrow Airport Darren is responsible for Heathrow’s owned and leased vehicles, and is a leading figure in the implementation of Heathrow’s Airside Ultra Low Emission Zone due to be in place in 2025. Darren is leading the drive for all airport vehicles under 2.4 tonne to be EV or PHEV by 2020.
One of the key themes of 2018 was the rapid rise of Clean Air Zones (CAZs), as the UK government seeks to bring urban air pollution down to legally permissible levels. Recent research has estimated that air pollution in the UK kills up to 40,000 every year – and costs the economy up to £20 billion per annum. Another study, carried out by the University of Oxford and University of Bath calculated that, if every new car sold in 2019 was an electric vehicle (EV), it would save us more than £325m in health costs in the first year alone. Innovative new technologies such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and freight-sharing platforms can help organisations to minimise the impact of road charging. MaaS reduces the number of vehicles on our roads by making more effective use of existing resources, such as ride-sharing instead of solo occupancy, better use of public transport infrastructure, and even encouraging more cycling. Apps that combine all of these travel modes, with one easy billing platform, can make a huge difference, as evidenced by Navigogo, Scotland’s first MaaS pilot project. For companies engaged in urban delivery, freightsharing offers truly exciting possibilities. Digital platforms powered by optimisation algorithms can enable companies to share assets – this will become even more attractive when factoring road charging into shipping costs. Electric and hybrid car sales grew by more than 20 per cent in the UK last year, compared to 2017. While low-emission vehicles still make up just 2.5 per cent of total car sales, this is promising growth. Along with an explosion in the number of electric cars and LCVs available, there are a growing number of tools that can help fleets to optimise EVs, to gain the best possible environmental and financial benefits. However, the two biggest pressures on fleet managers are still reducing costs and improving safety. 2018 saw the first major fleets adopting telematics cameras, which address both these issues – expect to see many more organisations following suit over the next 12 months. FURTHER INFORMATION www.trakm8.com
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Over the last ten years, Dr Herron has worked tirelessly to support the UK’s transition to electric cars, and has been awarded a CBE for services to Business and Energy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.
85 Carl Nicholson Fleet and Asset Manager, North Somerset Council Carl has extensive knowledge of fleet management within the public sector and is on a charge to convert the entire light car and van fleet to zero emissions by 2020.
84 Andy Barratt Managing Director, Ford of Britain Andy’s leadership is taking Ford forward in its sustainability goals. The company is trialling 20 Transit petrol PHEV vans, which will go into production in 2019.
83 Chris Salmon Commercial Director, SG Fleet Chris is passionate about reducing the fleet industry’s impact on the environment, and as such, has developed a green ethos which underlines the operations of SG Fleet. This includes heavily incentivising staff to use EVs and ULEVs and offering to offset carbon from visitors coming on site.
82 Erik Fairbairn Founder and CEO, Pod Point Pod Point continues to have a significant presence in the UK EV charging market. This year, the company has partnered with Tesco and VW to put more than 2,400 electric chargers in Tesco car parks.
81 Dhruv Parekh CEO, Masternaut Masternaut is evolving to help fleets in a world where connectivity and big data is playing an increasingly crucial role. Dhruv has extensive experience of working with technology companies around the globe to drive major growth programmes.
80 Rachel Thompson sustainability lead, Gatwick Gatwick Airport, under the leadership of Rachel, has gained carbon neutral status because of its use of 100% renewable electricity and the Gold Standard carbon credits that offset its ground fuel emissions.
79 Matthew Morgan Operations Director, The Phoenix Works & Tonik Matthew specialises in the design, supply and installation of electric vehicle supply equipment, solar PV systems and battery storage solutions in the domestic, commercial and public sectors.
78 Mark Roberts CEO, Lightfoot Mark founded the company Lightfoot, whose technology has been described as the ‘Fitbit for cars’. The company now has over 100 clients, including Boots, Alliance Healthcare, and Virgin Media, that are using the technology to better driver performance.
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86 Dr Colin Herron Managing Director, Zero Carbon Futures
77 Darren Moon Operations Manager, Jersey Post Darren undertook extensive research and trials before putting 30 electric Nissan e-NV200 electric vans onto the fleet, which are said to be saving an average of 150g/km per vehicle.
76 Chris Gubbey CEO, LEVC The London EV company (LEVC) was a runner up as Electric Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year at the 2018 GreenFleet awards. The firm, headed up by Chris, was commended for its TX electric taxi which has been tested over a million miles and has a battery built to last the life of the taxi.
75 Colin Ferguson Managing Director of Fleet and Optimisation, Trakm8 Colin heads up TrakM8, which scooped the IT Innovation Award for its RH600 telematics camera which provides full telematics functionality, including driver behaviour analytics. Colin is known for his pioneering work on optimisation at Route Monkey, which was acquired by Trakm8 in 2015.
74 Dr Ben Lane Director, Next Green Car Dr Ben Lane’s company Next Green Car continues to give honest advice on the environmental credentials of a vehicle. He also operates Zap-Map. com which gives a comprehensive view of the UK’s chargepoint network.
73 Paul Balmont & Richard Falconer Directors, Co-Wheels Co-Wheels has the country’s greenest mixed fuel car share fleet, by having more than 90 zero emission vehicles (EV and hydrogen) and hundreds of plug in hybrids. Co-Wheels were commended at the 2018 GreenFleet Awards as Mobility Provider of the Year.
72 NEW Patricia Wolfe Managing Director, Daimler Fleet Management UK Patricia has taken her experience of working for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for 22 years to grow the company’s contract hire and leasing business, Daimler Fleet Management, in the UK.
71 NEW Hannah Collishaw Director, E.ON Drive UK E.ON is a new entrant into the UK EV market place, but has many years of expertise in Europe. Driven by Hannah, E.ON Drive is providing future proof solutions for EV charging to UK businesses. Supported by
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70 NEW Mike Belk Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz & FUSO Trucks UK Mike is helping the company achieve its vision of zero accidents, zero emissions, and zero inefficiency, and the electric 7.5 tonner FUSO eCanter is playing a major part.
69 Nigel Morris EV Integration Manager, Swansea University Previous GreenFleet award winner Nigel continues to clean up the university’s fleet by adding seventeen electric or ultra-low emission vehicles and developing a sustainable travel plan.
68 Shaun Barritt CEO, Grosvenor Group Under Shaun’s leadership, the company has grown its innovative 0Zone solution, which supports clients in adopting low emission and zero emission vehicles.
67 Richard Lowden CEO and Founder, Green Motion Richard’s efforts to reduce the impact of his business on the environment has been recognised by achieving Bronze Award from Green Tourism, the most established sustainable certification programme in the world. In 2017 Richard won GreenFleet’s Outstanding Achievement award.
66 Mike Potter CEO, DriveElectric & Crowd Charge Mike came close to winning the GreenFleet Industry Innovation award last year for his company Crowd Charge, which is providing the demand control system for the Electric Nation project, the largest field trial in the world of V2G smart chargers.
65 Nicole Fletcher Head of Sustainable Development, London Fire Brigade London Fire Brigade continues to identify opportunities to introduce more electric vehicles into its vehicle fleet, including trialling BMW i3 blue-light vehicles for senior officers to attend incidents.
64 NEW David Burke Specialist Sales Executive – Gas, Scania GB David is responsible for the sales and development of the pure gas range of Scania commercial vehicles in the UK market. His specialist knowledge has lead to many high profile customers, such as Waitrose.
62 Dr Graham Cooley CEO, ITM Power ITM Power’s intelligent solutions address the UK’s energy challenges through power-to-gas energy storage and hydrogen fuel.
61 NEW Rob Lindley Managing Director, Mitsubishi Rob Lindley took the role in April 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the automotive industry. Lindley will take the company forward as it launches the revised Outlander PHEV this year.
60 NEW Peter Eldridge Director, ICFM As well as acting as a voice for the industry, Peter is regarded as one of the ICFM’s strongest lead tutors and regularly provides training support for members at both certificate and diploma level.
59 John Pryor Chairman, ACFO This year the organisation successfully lead a campaign for the HMRC to introduce Advisory Fuel Rate for EVs and has now launched a petition for the same to be done for plug-in hybrids.
58 Gary McRae Corporate Fleet Manager, Dundee City Council Dundee City Council has one of the largest electric public sector fleets, with almost 40 per cent of cars and vans being electric. The city has also been name the most visionary city in Europe for electric vehicles by the World Electric Vehicle Association.
57 Alexis Percival Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Trust Yorkshire Ambulance Trust is the first ambulance service in the world to introduce hydrogen-electric vans into its fleet. Last year saw the trust roll out 109 new front line ambulances with roof solar panels.
56 Chris Rutherford Fleet Commercial Manager, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust Drawing on his experience of greening Islington Council’s fleet, Chris is now helping London Ambulance Service find ways to lower its fleet emissions.
63 NEW Robin Easton Managing Director, DAF Trucks UK
55 Paul Willis UK Managing Director, Volkswagen Group
Robin brings global insight to the UK truck business, after having spent 12 years with DAF parent company Paccar. He leads DAF into the future, including the use of cleaner fuels such as gas-to-liquid and biofuels.
Paul led the Volkswagen Group’s response to the dieselgate scandal and has been instrumental in turning the car maker’s fortunes around since.
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Paul has the challenge of managing the operation of Royal Mail’s 46,000 iconic red vans. 2018 saw Royal Mail starting to operate its fleet of electric vehicles.
53 Rebecca Kite Environment Policy Manager, FTA As well as vocalising the issues faced by the haulage industry, Rebecca manages the LERS scheme, which last year saw members reduce their average GHG emissions by four per cent.
52 NEW Sytse Zuidema CEO, New Motion
46 Sam Clarke & Matthew Linnecar Founders, Gnewt Cargo Operating electric inner city deliveries way before any other delivery firm, Gnewt Cargo’s fully electric fleet has lead Sam and Matthew to win multiple awards since launching in 2009.
45 Nicholas Brownrigg CEO, Alphabet Nicholas continues to take Alphabet forward as one of the UK’s leading providers of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles. Alphabet’s recent innovations include the new Electrification Potential Analysis (EPA) fleet consultancy tool and the introduction of e-Corporate CarSharing with AlphaCity.
Sytse oversees the direction of New Motion, which was acquired by Shell in 2017, as it continues to be one of the main players in the EV charging market.
44 Gary Savage UK Managing Director, Mercedes/Smart
51 Edmund King President, The AA
Gary has been named as one of the UK’s Outstanding Automotive Leaders at the Autocar Awards for the second year running, due to his excellent leadership and in recognition of the company’s record sales.
As well as presiding over the AA, Edmund holds many high profile positions in the industry and is a regular commentator for transport and environment issues. Edmund has also received an OBE for services to road safety.
43 Chris Chandler Associate Director, at Lex Autolease
50 NEW Loyd Davies Service Development Director, ElectrAssure Not only did Loyd collect the title of EV Champion at the 2018 GreenFleet Awards, his company ElectrAssure was commended for the award of Charging & Refuelling Infrastructure Provider.
49 Dan Martin CEO, Elmtronics Dan continues to successfully lead the company forward in such a fast moving and competitive industry. In 2018, Elmtronics was appointed to install and manage charging infrastructure for the UK’s largest used vehicle marketplace, British Car Auctions (BCA).
48 NEW Sid Sadique Group Managing Director, NRG Fleet Services Electra Commercial Vehicles won the GreenFleet Award for Industry Innovation for supplying the technology for The City of London’s trial of the UK’s first fully-electric waste collection truck.
47 NEW Rasita Chudasama Principal Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council Rasita led the city’s bid to become a Go Ultra Low city and now heads the team delivering ambitious projects such as installing rapid chargers, converting the council fleet, supporting businesses through a Workplace Travel Service, and opening the UK’s first bus lane that ULEVs can use.
Chris continues to work with customers to reduce the environmental impact of their fleets, advising them on electric vehicle purchases and infrastructure. Chris manages Lex Autolease’s alternatively fuelled fleet, including its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
42 Vincent Tourette Managing Director, Renault UK & Ireland Vincent has worked for the RenaultNissan Alliance for 23 years, and leads the company forward during exciting times. Renault’s electric line-up continues to improve, with its award-winning electric ZOE receiving an new motor for more power and faster acceleration.
41 Khaled Shabho Managing Director, Enterprise Car Club Khaled is managing director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which includes Enterprise Car Club, winner of GreenFleet’s Mobility Provider of the Year. Enterprise is working closely with local authorities and transport providers to integrate car club services alongside public transport as part of a total mobility solution.
40 Norman Harding Corporate Fleet Manager, London Borough of Hackney Norman has an excellent reputation in the industry for pioneering alternative fuels and champions the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil until heavier electric vehicles are viable. Supported by
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54 Paul Gatti Fleet Director, Royal Mail
Using data to achieve your green goals All organisations have a need to monitor their costs over time, but many forget how this data can also be used to help cut their carbon emissions. Chris Salmon from SG Fleet explains further All organisations have a need to monitor their costs over time, but many forget how this data can also be used to help cut their carbon emissions Organisations operating a commercial fleet are subjected to a huge volume of data on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. From information on vehicle downtime to driver behaviour, fleet composition to servicing schedules, every aspect needs to be carefully monitored using solutions offered by an experienced fleet management company. As an international fleet management and vehicle-leasing specialist, sgfleet has come into contact with businesses of all shapes and sizes. One of the more common concerns is how to utilise fleet management software to reduce overall costs. Many understand how important this process is, but few know that it can also be used to improve the environmental performance of their fleet as a whole. So what steps can fleet managers take after analysing their data to shape the way their business operates as a whole? Educating and coaching drivers One of the easiest ways for fleet managers to utilise data is to educate and coach their drivers on how to utilise their vehicles in an economic manner. The data collected can provide everyone in the organisation with richer insights into their driving habits and behaviour on the road. This means that they are able to see how they can change their driving style to reduce road risk, improve fuel consumption and minimise the impact their vehicle has on the environment. For example, sgfleet’s Fleetintelligence system includes customisable reports on the fuel consumption of a fleet. This includes data on individual vehicles, so if there are specific drivers that have unusual fuel consumption, action can be taken to rectify the situation and bring the associated costs down. Exception reporting Alongside educating and coaching drivers on economical driving, in-depth reporting can also provide exception reports. These are a simple, effective way to manage weaker areas of an organisation’s fleet. The fleet manager is able to choose and set specific rules and standards within the system, which then notifies them when a rule has been broken. Whether this is dangerous driving or when a vehicle exceeds predicted fuel emission standards,
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fleet managers can gain an even greater insight into their daily fleet operations. Reduced vehicle downtime It should come as no surprise that a wellmaintained fleet is a safer and more efficient fleet. Vehicles are put under a huge amount of stress throughout their lives, especially in larger fleets that regularly undertake longer journeys, but with in-depth reporting, unplanned vehicle downtime is kept to a minimum. In-depth reporting gives fleet managers a direct insight into the maintenance and servicing schedules of their fleet. Armed with this data, fleet managers and their team can keep their servicing and maintenance schedules up to date, accurately predict maintenance costs and analyse which vehicles may need replacing before they
Over the past 12 years Chris has led sales, account management & marketing teams within the fleet industry. Chris has a real understanding of customer needs and is passionate about ensuring these are delivered.
As a fleet management specialist, sgfleet has come into contact with businesses of all shapes and sizes. One common concern is how to utilise software to reduce costs become too expensive to repair. At the same time, this data can be used to forward-plan any time the vehicle needs to be off the road, effectively cutting unplanned downtime and ensuring their fleet is always moving. One key example of this would be the fleet manager receiving an automatic alert every time a vehicle has a potential engine problem. Instead of suffering from an unplanned, inconvenient roadside breakdown, they can take pre‑emptive action and get the vehicle repaired. Vehicle delivery information If an organisation is expanding their fleet or replacing less economical models, vehicle delivery information can be collected and analysed throughout the delivery process. The key benefit of this is that fleet managers are able to reallocate other vehicles if required, or suggest alternative transportation methods. These could include car sharing schemes, remote working or even public transport. Invoice analysis In-depth reporting can also be used to analyse invoices received throughout the month. This is especially important for larger fleets, as there
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may be several vehicles that need maintaining at any point in time. Fleet managers or other nominated employees are able to access crucial data at the push of a button. These invoice analyses are incredibly useful if an organisation is planning on expanding their fleet, or they have recently spent a large amount on servicing and repairs. If there are any discrepancies, the nominated user can flag these with the fleet management and leasing company. In summary If you haven’t already embraced in-depth reporting within your fleet, now is the time to start. It has a host of benefits, for both your employees and your organisation as a whole. It helps to reduce the overall cost of running your fleet, aids with driver safety, and helps to identify vehicles that could be replaced for a more environmental, fuel-efficient model. L FURTHER INFORMATION For more information, visit www.sgfleet.com Tel: 0344 85 45 100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Justin’s pioneering work with biomethane, the John Lewis Partnership has said it will convert its 500 strong fleet of diesel delivery trucks to be powered by biomethane by 2028.
38 NEW James Smith Programme Manager, LoCITY James leads Transport for London’s LoCITY programme, which supports haulage fleets operating in and out of London prepare for the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. James regularly writes for GreenFleet, keeping readers up-to-date with the changes going on in London.
37 Quentin Willson Motoring Journalist GreenFleet continues to work with Quentin on a series of roadshows, where he chairs and gives impartial advice to fleets looking to operate a zero emission fleet. As well as heading up the FairFuelUK petition, he regularly lobbies to getter a better deal for drivers.
36 Matt Dyer Managing Director, LeasePlan Matt has moved on to become president and chief executive officer of LeasePlan UK at the start of January 2019, but remains on the list for his work in 2018. He took the company forward with its sustainability ambitions, which lead the company to win GreenFleet’s Leasing Company of the Year Award in 2018.
35 Jane Lindsay-Green UK Future Fuels Manager, Shell Jane continues to lead the expansion of Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points at forecourts across the UK, furthering the company’s commitment to delver a range of fuels to UK drivers as technologies evolve.
34 NEW Mark Barrow Fleet Manager, Central Transport Unit, City of Swansea Council The City of Swansea was crowned winner of the Public Sector Fleet of the Year (M-L category) for its extensive van fleet of 40 Peugeot Partners, which is said to be the largest electric van fleet of any local authority in Wales.
33 NEW David Brown Fleet Manager, Farmdrop Farmdrop has used pure electric vehicles since launch as part of its ethical and green ethos. For this reason, the company’s fleet, managed by David, won GreenFleet’s 2018 Private Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, in the small to medium category.
32 Monica Guise Sustainable Logistics Manager, University of Birmingham Monica continues her unwavering commitment to greening the university’s fleet, and as such, the university won the award for Public Sector Fleet of the Year in the small to medium category in 2018. The university achieved its target of 40 per cent electric or hydrogen fleet vehicles by 2020 a year early.
31 NEW Mark Squires Commercial Manager Fleet And Facilities, Northern Gas Mark currently holds the title for GreenFleet’s Private Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, and so debuts the list at number thirty-one. Mark champions the low/zero emission agenda and has persuaded the business to take on board a hydrogen powered car, natural gas vehicles, and electric vehicles.
30 Kieron Alsop Managing Director, Rolec EV Kieron and his team worked tirelessly to expand and improve its offer last year. A new EV charge point factory in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been built, which included increasing manpower by 50 per cent to over 150 people. In 2018, the company passed its ‘100,000th EV charge point manufactured’ landmark, and has also had some exciting new products launched.
29 Paul Philpott President and CEO, Kia Motors Paul presides over Kia in the UK, which is the fifth biggest market for the carmaker. Kia is making electric motoring practical and affordable for the masses with its electric Soul and PHEV Niro.
28 NEW Martijn de Lange CEO, Hermes UK Under Martijn’s leadership, Hermes won Private Sector Fleet of the Year in the medium to large category in recognition its biomethane and electric vehicles.
27 Terry Pycroft Head of Fleet Services, Leeds City Council Climbing the list this year, Terry won GreenFleet’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The council has begun replacing 50 of its existing fleet with electric vehicles, taking the total to 95 EVs in total, which is believed to be more than any other local authority in the country.
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39 Justin Laney Fleet Manager, John Lewis Partnership
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26 NEW Matt Eastwood Head of Transport, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) As GreenFleet’s 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award winner, Matt joins the list for the first time this year. Following an impressive career focusing on sustainable transport, he now oversees all transport activities across the Energy Saving Trust, including a team of 40 throughout the UK, delivering substantial programmes on sustainable transport and vehicle charging infrastructure.
25 NEW Graeme Grieve Managing Director, BMW UK and Ireland 2018 was a good year for BMW in terms of sales of EVs and PHEVs. Demand increased by over 25 per cent, with more than 17,000 UK customers choosing an alternatively fuelled vehicle. This represents one in ten of all BMW brand vehicles sold.
24 NEW Iker Lazzari UK Fleet Director, Nissan GB Iker joined Nissan as UK fleet director in June 2017 and is playing a key role in driving sales performance into new markets and building on its core fleet market. Iker is maximising opportunities with exciting new products like the new LEAF with its large-capacity new battery and 168 mile range.
23 Michael Hurwitz Head of Transport Innovation, TfL Michael is responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future. TfL is involved in a number of pilots and initiatives to help ensure that any introduction of new technology such as autonomous vehicles and drones is safe, environmentally-friendly and consistent with its aims.
22 Elon Musk Founder and CEO, Tesla Motors Elon has stepped down as chairman of Tesla’s board of directors but will remain Tesla’s chief executive. This is due to an investigation into a misleading tweet sent by Elon leading its share price to soar and creating huge losses for investors who had bet against the company. Despite all this, Elon is massively influential in the electric vehicle market and his employees still rank him as a top CEO, as he came in at 14 out of 29 in America’s most sought-after tech CEOs.
21 NEW David George Director, MINI UK David was appointed as the new director for MINI UK from January 2018. David makes the list this year for his leadership of the company as it embarks on an electrified future. MINI won our City Car Manufacturer of the Year award for its Countryman - Mini’s first plug-in hybrid. In 2019, a fully electric 3 door MINI will be entering the scene.
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20 Martin Flach Former Alternative Fuels Director, Iveco Martin, who retired at the end of 2018, has been the go-to-guy on alternative fuels for trucks and vans during his 20 years at Iveco. Martin took the lead on Iveco’s range of commercial vehicles that run electric power and compressed natural gas (CNG), a range that enabled Iveco to win our LGV Manufacturer of the Year award for three years running.
19 Mark Barrett General Manager, LDV UK & Ireland LDV, headed up by Mark, won GreenFleet’s LCV Manufacturer of the Year Award for its electric EV80 van. Available in Panel Van, Tipper & Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle variations, the EV80 is being trialled by IKEA, Royal Mail, Northern Gas Networks and National Grid, whose fleet criteria is among the most stringent in the sector. LDV has grown a dealer network across the country that delivers a dedicated service to fleet and business customers from more than 30 centres.
18 Jon Wakefield Managing Director, Volvo Car UK Volvo Cars was the first car maker to announce that it will stop make conventional ICE engine vehicles in favour of electrified vehicles and has made significant progress since then. The Swedish carmaker took home the GreenFleet accolade for PHEV Manufacturer of the Year for its clever technology that combines turbos and super-chargers with electric. Volvo will soon be delivering pure electric vehicles.
17 Jon Hunt Alternative Fuels Manager, Toyota Jon has worked at Toyota for 27 years in various roles and is a fountain of knowledge on electric powertrains, hybrid systems and fuel cell vehicles. From February 2018, Jon took on full time the role of commercialising the Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle in the UK market.
16 Tony Whitehorn President & CEO, Hyundai Motor UK While Tony has announced he will step-down from his post, he is recognised for his work in making Hyundai a recognisable green brand. The carmaker’s IONIQ and KONA models are attractive, safe, affordable, practical, and crucially, offer excellent range, with the KONA capable of 300 miles and Ioniq 173 miles. This lead Hyundai to win our EV Manufacturer of the Year Award.
15 Andy Eastlake Managing Director, LowCVP Well-known in the industry, Andy Eastlake is LowCVP’s managing director and is heavily involved in all aspects of the low-carbon transport and air quality agenda. In 2018, the LowCVP published a Low Emission Taxi Guide which provides advice on implementing policy measures, initiatives and incentives to accelerate the take up of low carbon vehicles.
Mike is the voice of the automotive industry, speaking up about issues such as the demonisation of diesel and the affect that Brexit will have on the new car market. Coming from an automotive background, Mike Hawes worked at Bentley Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen before joining the SMMT in 2013.
13 Phillip Sellwood Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust (EST) Philip has been the chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003, leading the organisation to deliver on its mission to help everyone save energy. The EST helps the fleet sector drive down emissions by giving advice to companies considering using ULEVs and delivering fuel efficient driver training. Philip is also Vice Chair of LowCVP.
12 David Martell Founder and Chief Executive, Chargemaster Chargemaster, which is the operator of the UK’s largest EV charging network, was acquired by fuel giant BP in June 2018, a move which David described as marking “a true milestone in the move towards low carbon motoring in the UK.” David will continue to lead the company, which will be rebranded as BP Chargemaster.
11 James Thornton CEO, Client Earth James Thornton is founding CEO of ClientEarth, the law firm that has won three court cases against the UK government on illegal levels of air pollution. The resulting Clean Air Strategy, which includes Clean Air Zones and the banning of new ICE engine vehicles by 2040, will no doubt have an impact on fleets operating in city centres. James is a very influential figure, with the New Statesman naming him as one of 10 people who could change the world.
10 Robert Evans CEO, Cenex Robert has headed up Cenex for 13 years but also holds many other highly-esteemed titles in the low carbon vehicle industry. He is Chair of the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association; a director of Cenex NL, and a non-executive director of EV8 Technologies, the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Electric Corby Community Interest Company and Corby Community Energy Company. Robert represents Cenex on the Technology Group of the UK’s Automotive Council and was formally a Director of the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
9 Gerry Keaney Chief Executive, BVRLA This year’s list sees Gerry rise up from 15th position for being the respected voice of the fleet, leasing and rental industry. He frequently campaigns to government on issues such as company car tax and preparing for Clean Air Zones. Playing its part in driving up the EV market, 2018 saw the BVRLA launch its ‘Plug-in Pledge’ which will see its members’ grow its plug-in vehicle fleet size from 50,000 to 720,000 by 2025. The association also unveiled its Three-Year Plan, which outlines the its intentions to achieve stronger industry representation, be a louder voice of influence, collate deeper industry insight, and have a wider service offering.
8 NEW Laurence Kenney Head of Low Carbon Vehicle Policy, Transport Scotland Laurence heads up Transport Scotland’s low carbon vehicle policy and has been responsible for the ChargePlace Scotland network. He has recently taken on responsibility for delivering the Switched on Scotland EV roadmap, which is the Scottish government’s strategy for achieving zero-carbon transport.
7 NEW Claire Perry Minister of state, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Claire and the department have responsibility for government’s Industrial Strategy and international climate change, and her role therefore crosses over into the green side of transport. Last year BEIS hosted the first ever Green GB Week in October which hosted activities promoting how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change and cleaner air. This included a week long electric vehicle road show, run by GreenFleet, which took EVs to city centres across the UK for the public and businesses to experience.
6 Poppy Welch Head of Go Ultra Low, SMMT The ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign, headed by Poppy, continues to promote EVs and ULEVs and encourages consumers and businesses to make the switch to electric. This year, Go Ultra Low hosted its firstever panel on the future of electric vehicles at the Hay Festival, which brought together influential speakers from the government, automotive and energy sectors, to share insights on electric mobility.
5 Natasha Robinson & Vicky Edmunds Joint Heads, OLEV Natasha and Vicky head up the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which holds a budget of around £900 million for zero and ultra-low emission vehicles. OLEV is responsible for the grants for electric vehicles and home/work charging and is therefore in a significant position of power when it comes to shaping the industry. Supported by
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4 Sadiq Khan Mayor of London London’s mayor Sadiq Khan continues to tackle London’s harmful air with more bold action. He will be expanding London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which comes into effect in April 2019, up to the North and South Circular boundary in 2021, making it 18 times larger than the Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone. Acknowledging that his plans could make things difficult for some small business owners, he has announced a £23 million van
3 Michael Gove Environment Secretary Environment Secretary Michael Gove published the UK’s final Clean Air Strategy in January this year, which includes new primary legislation to give local government new powers to improve air quality. The strategy included a goal to halve the number of people living in locations where concentrations of particulate matter are above the WHO guideline limit of 10 ug/m3 by 2025. It also had a commitment to end the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040. However, Gove’s clean air strategy is criticised for only referring to previous road transport plans. ClientEarth describes these plans as “already falling apart, as local authorities tasked with doing much of the work are missing deadlines set for them by ministers.” Gove also has oversight of the Brexit process in relation to environmental legislation and is in the process of establishing a body to hold the government to account for environmental outcomes.
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scrappage scheme for non compliant vehicles and is urging the government to match fund the initiative. Sadiq said that if the government matched the Mayor’s funding, it would enable City Hall to put in place further scrappage support for other Londoners, including those on low incomes, and charity vehicles. It would also give ministers the evidence they need to judge scrappage proposals from other cities, and demonstrate the transformational benefits of a truly national scrappage fund.
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2 Chris Grayling Transport Secretary The Department for Transport, headed by Chris Grayling, has put out some major moves to decarbonise road transport this year, such as the Road to Zero strategy and the passing of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 into law. The government also held its first ever Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham where £106m funding was announced for new battery and hydrogen technology. With transport such a big cause of carbon emissions and local air pollution, Grayling has a major role to play in setting policies that will affect how the transport, automotive and fleet sectors work in the future.
1 Phillip Hammond Chancellor of the Exchequer The Chancellor remains in the top spot for the third year for deciding what to tax and how public money will be spent, which ultimately has a huge affect on the ‘green agenda’. His decision in the Autumn Budget to delay a government review of the impact of WLTP on Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax was a blow to the fleet sector as it makes strategic long-term planning difficult. The Budget also failed to bring forward the two per cent company car tax threshold for electric vehicles to 2019/20, which the fleet industry had been calling for. Hammond is no stranger to transport issues as he was previously Secretary of State for Transport from 2010 to 2011. He has been in his current role since July 2016.
GreenFleet’s pick of the most influential people thathave shaped the low-carbon fleet industry in 2018