Seminars

The 2018 seminar programme is designed to address the very latest fleet-related issues affecting Scotland. We have put together a 3-session line-up, all of which are free to attend. Although you can turn up on the day and look for a place, we fully expect to be busy, so to RESERVE a place, email lauren.matthews@psigroupltd.co.uk and ask for a place(s) to be reserved in Session 1, 2 and/or 3.


Seminar Chair

Jacob Roberts, Technical Project Manager, Transport, Energy Saving Trust

Jacob is Energy Saving Trust’s lead on ultra-low emission vehicles and air quality, managing projects on behalf of Transport Scotland, the UK Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. His activities cover ULEV infrastructure planning; business case development; real-world demonstrators; market research & ULEV adoption forecasting and; guidance for consumers, business and public sector organisations. With a background in local government, focussing on low carbon economic development, Jacob has first-hand experience of the challenges facing local authorities in balancing environmental and economic demands. Jacob has also worked with businesses of all sizes, sharing a well-developed understanding of the most cost-effective routes to low-emission transport. By building effective partnerships between organisations, both public and private, Jacob believes we can achieve a future where transportation is clean, sustainable and affordable to all.

Session 1: The Rise of the Clean Commercial Vehicle, 10.00 – 11.00*

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The growing choice of ULEV options open to commercial vehicle operators

Gordon Manson, Business Transport Advisor, Energy Saving Trust

Gordon has been a Business Transport Advisor for the Energy Saving Trust in South East Scotland for the last 3 years. Gordon provides expert and impartial advice to organisations to help them reduce their transport costs and CO2 emissions. Gordon’s key focus is the analysis of fleets and the production of Sustainable Transport Review reports detailing where organisations could replace existing petrol/diesel vehicles with Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) alternatives. Gordon also helps organisations access the funding support currently available to help them make the switch to plug-in vehicles.

How electric commercial vehicles can save money and improve air quality

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.

Q&A Session

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Session 2: Improving Air Quality across Scotland, 11.30 – 12.30*


Air Quality – We all have a role to play…

David Duffy & Andrew Campbell, The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)

David is a Divisional Environmental Health Officer working for South Lanarkshire Council managing a combination of teams covering a variety of Environmental Health functions. He has worked in both public and private sectors with the ongoing objective of trying to ”make a difference”. David is currently Senior Vice President of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) a Fellow of the Institute and has been a Chartered EHO since 2004. He is committed to promoting Environmental Health and its contribution to Public Health.

Andrew trained with Aberdeen Council and qualified as an Environmental Health in 2005. It was working in Aberdeen that Andrew was first introduced to his first electric car ‘Sparky’. Andrew moved to Edinburgh City Council 2006 and now occupies a role as an Environmental Health Officer working in the Environmnetal Protection team covering Planning, Public Health, local air quality and noise. Andrew has a particular interest in low emission vehicles and has lead on the development of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Edinburgh.

John Bynorth, Policy and Communications Officer for Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS)

John joined EPS in January from The Herald, where as night news editor he oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the ClientEarth legal action against the Government on air quality in major cities and the announcement of Low Emission Zones in Scotland. He has also been a journalist with the Sunday Herald, the Scottish Sun, London Evening Standard and the Mail on Sunday. EPS is co-ordinating Clean Air Day in Scotland this year on behalf of the Scottish Government's Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS) strategy.

Q&A Session

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Session 3: Ecosse Forum: A Guide to a Cleaner Fleet DNA, 14.15 – 15.15*

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Switched-on Fleets: Learnings from the latest Switched-on Fleets Programme

Ellie Grebenik, Programme Manager, Scottish Transport, Energy Saving Trust

Ellie has worked with Energy Saving Trust for 7 months after joining the Transport Team last Summer. Her role as Programme Manager is to ensure the effective and full delivery of the Transport workplan which is funded by Transport Scotland and focused on encouraging businesses and individuals to use ULEVs and travel sustainably.

10 years into the rEVolution

David Beeton, Founder & Managing Director, Urban Foresight

David has worked across 5 continents and is a regular keynote speaker at electric mobility conferences around the world. David has led two global task forces on electric vehicle business models and EVs in smart cities for the International Energy Agency (IA-HEV). Currently David is leading on developing a High-Technology Roadmap for the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Countries on behalf the Asian Development Bank. David leads the co-ordination of the Europe-wide EV4SCC programme which is part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster. EV4SCC is a network dedicated to bringing together and promoting innovative ideas and actions from across Europe to create a dynamic electric vehicle marketplace. He has been Director of E-cosse, Transport Scotland’s public-private partnership to advance EVs, since 2011, and is also a Board Member of The MILL Dundee, a project established to trial methods to increase the use of low carbon transport.

Private Sector case studies

Presentations which demonstrate cleaner fleet management in private sector concerns

Q&A Session

Put your questions to the speakers… share knowledge!


*Times are subject to possible change