FPC2022 Steering Group Committee
Reader in the IAAPS @ University of Bath
Aaron is Reader in the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath, where he is theme lead for Chemical Energy Converters and teaches IC Engine Technology on the undergraduate and master’s degree programmes. His expertise lies in the analysis, simulation, and testing of turbomachinery for boosting and waste heat recovery in propulsion systems. Research includes prediction of compressor surge and transient response in heavy-duty diesel engines, organic Rankine cycle turboexpanders for vehicle waste heat recovery, electric turbocharger design, turbine modelling, and fundamental research in unsteady flow in turbocharger turbines. Aaron is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has more than six years of industrial experience with Caterpillar Inc. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Director for Industrial Engagement, and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult @ University of Warwick
David Greenwood is Director for Industrial Engagement, and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG. Previously, David established and led the Energy Directorate at WMG where he led a team of over 200 researchers and engineers. Projects spanned a number of fields, including cars, trucks, boats, off highway machinery, aircraft and motorcycles. His research spans batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications.
David moved into academia after 20 years in industry latterly as Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems for engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd.
Professor Greenwood holds advisory and board positions for the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK (Faraday Challenge and IDP), and the Faraday Institution. He is head of the Advanced Propulsion Centre's Electrical Energy Storage Spoke.
Head of EV Business @ ePropelled
David Hudson is Head of EV Business for ePropelled, a Massachusetts-based technology company offering electric propulsion systems for a range of applications. He leads the development and execution of its EV strategy for global eMobility markets.
David has over 40 years of international experience in automotive engineering, starting at Jaguar Cars before moving into automotive consultancy. For the past decade, he worked with India’s Tata Motors on electrification and low-carbon technology.
Programme Manager for Zero Emission Vehicles @ Innovate UK
Francesca is Programme Manager for Zero Emission Vehicles at Innovate UK. She joined Innovate UK in January 2019 to lead the on-vehicle technology programmes, including the Integrated Delivery Programme (IDP). Before joining Innovate UK, she worked in the automotive industry for nearly 9 years: Ford, Ricardo, Delphi and Dana. Since Francesca joined Innovate UK, she has been involved in a number of innovative projects on power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD), energy storage, light-weighting and other propulsion technologies that use hydrogen to propel low/zero emission vehicles, whether by means of hydrogen fuel cells or internal combustion engines.
Centre Lead @ Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres
Paul Jarvie received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of the West of Scotland in 1985. He gained 16 years’ experience with NEC semiconductors in product engineering for DRAM Memory Devices followed by three years with NXP Semiconductors’ TV Systems Innovation Centre in Southampton. He joined Techworks in 2005 and led the Electronic Product Design/Test and Power Electronics Networks for over seven years.
Paul became Director of AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) in 2015, engaging the full automotive electronics supply chain while co-chairing SEMI GAAC (Global Automotive Advisory Council) with Volkswagen.
Paul is now Centre Lead of the Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Industrialisation Centre - South West and Wales, based at Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, focusing on PEMD technology scale up for electrification.
Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Powertrain Systems @ Loughborough University
Byron Mason is a Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Powertrain Systems at Loughborough University in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. His research interests include machine learning, adaptive and learning control, system identification and model based engineering process improvement. He currently leads the Control and Energy Systems Research Group at Loughborough University working on a range of publicly and privately funded research projects with sponsors and collaborators from across the globe.
Stakeholder Engagement Director @ Advanced Propulsion Centre
A Chartered Engineer with a wealth of experience gain from motorsport, defence, aerospace and policy development. Philippa thrives on working with a wide range of stakeholders from government, industry and academia to create visionary solutions, with the ability to challenge existing silos across the sectors. Her experience allows her to offer oversight into the challenges faced both locally and internationally within the manufacturing and transport realms.
Joining the Advanced Propulsion Centre in January 2018 she uses her experience and knowledge of the UK’s transport modes and infrastructure to support the development of strategies that incubate collaborations. This joining of the dots will help ensure that the UK can develop solutions, and attract the right investment to create, develop and sustain UK supply chains that drive both job creation and exportable products and services to enable the UK to fulfill its net-zero ambition.
Chief Strategy Officer @ British Volt
Isobel Sheldon OBE is Chief Strategy Officer at Britishvolt and a seasoned battery industry
professional. In this role, Isobel’s familiarity with the global battery landscape will allow her to
lead a ‘home-grown’ initiative and the UK achieving market leading status in the production of
high-performance lithium-ion cells.
Having amassed nearly 20 years of Lithium-ion battery industry experience, she joins the
company from the Government-backed UKBIC where she served as Director of Business
Development. Prior to this, she held senior leadership positions within global companies,
recently serving as Engineering and Technology Director at Johnson Matthey Battery Systems.
As one of the first pioneers to integrate lithium-ion batteries in road vehicles, she has
developed a wealth of knowledge – from cell technology, cell manufacturing chemistries and
system integration, to how the global industry and supply chain works.
Austin Thomas is Managing Director of Infineon Technologies UK Limited, a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener.
Austin has spent the last 20 years in the automotive sector covering solutions for Powertrain, Safety and more recently Autonomous driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Managing Director @ Advanced Powertrain Technologies Limited
Currently Managing Director of Advanced Powertrain Technologies Limited, a technology and strategy consultancy specialising in the medium and heavy duty sector.
Formerly Group Director of Powertrain at J C Bamford Excavators Ltd.
Earlier career included various powertrain product roles with Ford Motor Co; Fiat Group companies; The European Engine Alliance and Perkins Engines Co.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics from the University of Oxford, and is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Head of Strategic Programmes @ Nyobolt Ltd
Anna is Head of Strategic Programmes at Nyobolt Ltd. Prior to joining Nyobolt, Anna held the role of Head of Battery Technology at Innovate UK where she led the innovation programme and technical direction of the UK Government’s £330m Faraday Battery Challenge. Anna has a background in battery research and was based in the USA at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Anna holds a Ph.D. in electrochemistry from the University of Southampton.
Senior Technology and Innovation Manager @ SMMT
David Wong is Senior Technology and Innovation Manager at SMMT, the UK’s automotive industry body with more than 800 members including all major vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers, aftermarket businesses, technology and engineering firms, and mobility start-ups. David is SMMT’s lead on connected and automated vehicles, electric and fuel cell vehicles, autotech and future mobility innovation. David also sits on the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and the multi-sectoral EV Energy Taskforce, and is a Non-Executive Director of Cenex.
Design Department Manager @ AVL Powertrain (UK)
Jon Caine believes in the importance of green transportation for the future. He has been working in the automotive industry for over 30 years in the field of propulsion systems, working initially for Rover and then Ford. The bulk of his career has been the selection and implementation of new technology.
For the last 2 years he has been working at AVL UK as the design department manager involved a wide range of projects most notably in battery and fuel cells.
He has a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering and an MSc in engineering business management. A keen advocate of a broad range of solutions to the environmental challenge, he embraces the change and is excited about the future.
Research Programme Director @ The Faraday Institution
James Gaade is Head of Programme Management at The Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis and early stage commercialisation, with responsibilities across the research programme portfolio, bringing together research scientists and industry partners on battery research projects with commercial potential.
Prior to joining The Faraday Institution, James led an independent consultancy, working with clients across electrified propulsion systems in research and technology delivery and previously worked for Jaguar Land Rover for 20 years on vehicle propulsion systems in various leadership roles, with his last role as the Head of Powertrain Research and Technology.
A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, James is also a member of the Department for Transport Science Advisory Council, providing strategic level scientific advice and challenge to the DfT.