TV presenter and motoring expert Quentin Willson is perhaps most widely known as the presenter of the motoring programmes Fifth Gear and the original incarnation of Top Gear. Since early 2011, Willson has been the national spokesman for FairFuelUK campaining for lower government fuel duty, and has been involved in the push towards lesser polluting vehicles for some time.
Alex Philpott - OLEV
Alex Philpott is Head of Programme Office at the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Previously he served as Private Secretary to two transport ministers, focusing on aviation and environmental policies. He has worked on a number of other areas in the Department for Transport – including the Crossrail project, rail franchising, and strategic finance.
Neil Evans - Leeds City Council
Neil joined Leeds City Council in 1989. He worked in a range ofcorporate roles until 2003 when he was appointed as Director of Neighbourhoods & Housing, then Director of Environment & Housing in 2013. Neil is now Director of Resources & Housing with effect from April 2017 with responsibility for the support services across the council that help us, as an authority to achieve our Best City ambitions. These responsibilities include the corporate projects and procurement service and directing the council’s sustainability agenda. Neil is also responsible for the council's strategic policy and communications teams, all of whom are involved in the work to improve Air Quality in the city. Neil chairs the Environment Programme Board, providing leadership and governance for the councils ‘Cutting Carbon & Improving Air Quality Programme’. He has also worked closely with other Directorates on the development of the city’s plans to improve air quality and reduce transport emissions as well as leading our liaison with central government departments
Cllr Lucinda Yeadon – Leeds City Council
Lucinda has been the Labour councillor for Kirkstall ward since 2008 and is currently Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability. Previous to this she was Executive Member for Children and Families at a time when Leeds Children’s Services was rated as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ leadership by Ofsted, completing its transformation from the ‘Inadequate’ rating received in 2009.
Lucinda has also held the position of Executive Member for Digital and Creative Technologies, Culture and Skills. It was in this role that she focused on boosting the opportunities that are available for people to learn new skills no matter what their age, ability or background as well as widening access to apprenticeships in the city.
In 2014, Lucinda led on the hugely successful Leeds Grand Depart of the Tour de France. From May 2010 to May 2013, Lucinda was the Executive Board Member for Adult Social Care. During her time in this role she gained a reputation as a real champion for disability rights, which was underlined by a strong commitment to ensuring Leeds is an accessible city for all.
In 2015, Kirkstall was one of the areas of Leeds that was hit hard by the Boxing Day floods. As a result Lucinda has been, and continues to be, actively involved in many of the voluntary community initiatives and clean-ups around Leeds. As Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability, Lucinda is determined to pursue the green agenda in Leeds, ensuring there is a real focus on sustainability. Improving air quality is one of the biggest challenges facing the city and is an issue Lucinda is really passionate about tackling head on.
Mark Lovett, Head of Commercial Vehicles at LeasePlan UK Ltd
With over 25 years’ experience in the UK automotive industry, as current Head of Commercial Vehicles of LeasePlan UK, Mark has been instrumental in the company’s commercial vehicle fleet growth to almost 60,000 vehicles. Prior to taking up the LeasePlan role in 2010, Mark held the position as Commercial Vehicle Director at Lex Autolease – and has extensive OEM experience, with roles at two major commercial vehicle manufacturers - Nissan and Renault.