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Conference Speakers

LoCITY are pleased to announce the following experts will be joining us at our Annual Conference event this year. Specifically chosen to give you the very latest information, in terms of government clean vehicle strategy, London policy and the ULEZ. It is shaping up to be the most comprehensive line-up we have assembled to date.

See below the list of keynote speakers, as well as the experts lined-up for the Q&A and Debate Panel, and if you haven’t done so already, CLICK HERE to register and join us for free.


Andy Eastlake
Managing Director, LowCVP
Andy Eastlake was appointed LowCVP’s Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and for many years as Chair of the Members Council. Andy has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel efficiency and emissions. As MD he has been closely involved in the design and implementation of the latest testing and accreditation schemes for a variety of vehicles, including buses and HGVs and most recently leading the work on retrofit emissions technology accreditation. Andy and the LowCVP have a key role supporting DfT, DEFRA and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon and low emission technologies. The LowCVP have long championed the need for low carbon fuels and energy used in the most efficient clean vehicles and their work with the government aims to accelerate the market to achieve this. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

SESSION 1: Planning for a low-carbon future

Phil Killingley
Deputy Head, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
Phil has been Deputy Head of the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles since 2016, leading teams on OLEV strategy, consumer incentive schemes, communications, local authority engagement, taxis and OLEV’s programme office. He has 14 years of experience in transport and environmental policy including roles in: air quality; road traffic operations; rail and aviation regulation; and local transport strategy and funding.

Christina Calderato
Head of Delivery Planning, Transport for London
Christina Calderato is the Head of Delivery Planning at Transport for London. For the last 10 years, she has worked across a diverse range of policy areas at TfL and led the team that developed the current Mayor’s Transport Strategy. In her current role, Christina manages teams leading on freight, road danger reduction, air quality and Healthy Streets

Glen Davies
Technical Adviser, Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS)
Glen, FORS Technical Adviser, has been employed in logistics and transport all of his working life. After 20 years in operational logistics he was employed by Transport for London to establish FORS in 2007 where he led the initiative for nine years, alongside delivering a range of environmental and safety projects with the freight and fleet industry. In particular, Glen created the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) initiative, developed the HGV Direct Vision Standard and initiated the LoCITY programme which is stimulating the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. Glen now leads on a range special projects in the fields of freight transport, city logistics, environment and safety at FORS and CILT.

Alan Braithwaite
Senior Advisor, BearingPoint
Alan has worked in supply chain and logistics since 1979, forming the specialist LCP Consulting in 1985 and taking it to the position of leading European independent specialist consultancy. During nearly 40 years he has worked with around 400 companies as well in the public sector. The company was acquired by BearingPoint® in 2017 and he is retained as a Senior Advisor. He is the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Freight and Logistics Policy Group and a member of its public policy committee, In those roles he was the lead author of the CILT Freight and Logistics Vision 2035 and many consultations and calls for evidence by government and agencies. Alan holds an MSc in Business Administration from the London Business School and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University.

SESSION 2: Transitioning towards a low-carbon business

Dean Hedger
Head of Public Sector & LCV, Alphabet
Dean joined Alphabet as Head of public sector in 2014 after spending 22 years in the industry. With an extensive knowledge of the public sector marketplace, Dean has a significant understanding of EU procurement regulations, framework complexities and has established himself as a key figure in the Marketplace.
Dean’s experience in Public Sector has led to a substantial knowledge of Sustainable Transport, Car Sharing and Commercial Vehicles.

Sarah Maxwell
Transport Technical Support Officer, City of London Corporation
Since joining the City Sarah has rolled-out the new corporate transport policy to all staff, ensuring vehicle and asset compliance within the city’s twenty departments. Sarah previously worked at the London Borough of Redbridge for 3 years and Royal Mail for 14 years, where she progressed to Fleet Utilisation Manager in 2009 for the London Region, before becoming Fleet Compliance Manager for East & North London and Essex in 2012. She joined Vince Dignam at City of London in 2017.

Marcus Helliwell
Sustainability Developer, IKEA
Marcus Helliwell-Sustainability Developer IKEA: I have been working in sustainability since February of this year working alongside the existing organisation to look at how we convert our fleet to EVs. I have a huge passion for sustainability in both my work and personal life and am a firm believer in working collectively towards a common goal

Mark Barrett
General Manager, LDV UK & Ireland
Mark Barrett is a leading figure in the automotive industry and was part of the team responsible for the relaunch of LDV’s commercial vehicle range in the UK and Ireland in 2016. He was a member of the Harris Group team that won the distribution rights for LDV from SAIC Motors, the largest automotive company in China. As GM, Mark is very involved in the day-to-day running of the business and takes a hands-on role directing all operations including imports and exports, the development of the LDV dealer network.

SESSION 3: Q&A and Interactive Debate

Expert Panel

Phil Killingley
Deputy Head, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) (see Biog above)

Christina Calderato
Head of Delivery Planning, Transport for London (see Biog above)

Thazi Edwards
Innovation Lead, Low Carbon Technologies & EV Projects, UK Power Networks
Since joining the energy industry in 2013, Thazi has been involved in a range of business areas from detailed electrical design and network planning, to major programme delivery and operational safety. Thazi is a senior member of the UK Power Networks’ Electric Vehicles team, managing projects to develop smart solutions so the network has the infrastructure to power more vehicles at the lowest cost to the customer. He runs our £11m portfolio of Vehicle to Grid projects and plays a leading role in engaging with the EV industry.

Natalie Champan
Head of South of England and Urban Policy, Freight Transport Association (FTA)
Natalie Chapman is Head of South of England and Urban Policy, Freight Transport Association (FTA), the largest and most influential business organisation in the logistics sector. Natalie has been an integral part of the FTA’s policy team for over ten years and campaigns on behalf of its 17,000 members. Her role includes developing relationships and undertaking lobbying activities with the main governmental, political and policy stakeholders. Her focuses include city centre issues, such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and out-of-hours deliveries.

Mike Foster
CEO, Energy and Utilities Alliance
Mike Foster is CEO of Energy and Utilities Alliance, a not-for-profit trade association based in the West Midlands. He holds a degree in economics, a post-graduate certificate in education and is a Chartered Management Accountant. Having started work in the car industry, he taught accountancy, economics and statistics for six years before becoming MP for Worcester (1997-2010).
He served as a Minister for four years, under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, latterly as Minister for International Development. Before heading up EUA, he was Head of Communications at the international charity WaterAid. He is the non-executive Chairman of Affordable Warmth Solutions, a community interest company that delivers fuel poverty solutions across the UK.