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The electrification of UK fleets has gathered real pace over the last few years, and despite the pandemic, things have not slowed down. It is generally felt that the whole ‘electric car’ narrative has arrived, been embraced and will now kick-on at great pace. 

The next shift, in terms of strategy, is how we clean up our commercial vehicle fleets… Electric vans and trucks are here, and the industry opinion appears to be that growth in this sector will be much quicker than that of the electric car. But there is also a feeling that ‘electric’ is still not the ONLY solution. Gas, in the form of CNG and LNG, especially in LGVs, is seen as vital, and we cannot forget Hydrogen either.

Commercial GREENFLEET will look at all these aspects, with Q&As, Polls and much more.

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With air quality at the top of central and local government agendas, traditionally fuelled commercial vehicles are rapidly becoming unviable in UK cities. The wider availability and lower running costs of electric and alternatively fuelled light commercials, vans, trucks and HGVs can now offer fleet managers a solid business case for moving towards a zero-carbon fleet.


For heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), technology development is now moving towards zero-emission options. However, these are not yet widely available and regulation has been successful at significantly reducing real world pollutant emissions from new diesel vehicles. So, while work is underway to commercialise zero-emission and other low emission options, some still believe that diesel can be a sensible current fuel choice… But is this the right approach?

Commercial GREENFLEET will show what strategies should be considered now, how implementation can help future-proof your operation, what help and assistance is available and the vehicle and innovation solutions on the market now. We will reinforce this with case study material that is designed to show what can be done, the pitfalls to be aware of and we will wrap things up with a ‘Goods Handling for Tomorrow’ open session, with experts delivering their own thoughts on what the UK commercial vehicle sector will look like in the not-too-distant future.

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For more information on who will be joining us online, click here and to see what subjects will be covered, you can take a look at the Programme.

So, if you are responsible for FLEET/TRANSPORT, FACILITIES/BUILDING, FINANCE and TRAINING, REGISTER NOW for COMMERCIAL GF and get involved in the conversation.

09.15 Waiting Room Open
09.30 Welcome & Event Overview
Andy Eastlake, Event Host

Session 1: Keynote addresses – Overview of the commercial vehicle sector. Where are we and what’s next?

09.35 The commercial road to 2030
James Fraser, Policy Advisor, OZEV
09.42 Breaking barriers: Decarbonisation of Commercial Vehicles
Sukky Choongh, Environmental Manager, SMMT
09.54 Leading the Charge from EVs to HGVs
Graeme Cooper, Head Future Markets, National Grid
10.02 Overview: viable options for greener heavy freight
Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive, Renewable Transport Fuel Association
10.10 Interactive Q&A Session
Andy Eastlake, Graeme Cooper & Gaynor Hartell

Session 2: The eLCV landscape – Stimulate, Educate & Innovate, hosted by Paul Kirby

10.30 Session 2 Overview
Paul Kirby, Co Host
10.37 How EV ready is your fleet?
Matt Dillon, Head of Commercial Vehicles, LeasePlan
10.44 Tesco Fleet Decarbonisation Overview
Cliff Smith, Fleet Engineering Manager & Evie Vincent, Fleet Engineering Team, Tesco
10.53 An introduction to Innovation Automotive and the DFSK EC35
Barney Butterell, Innovation Automotive
11.04 Electric Vehicles: bring the driver on the journey
Colin Paterson, Head of Marketing, Drivetech
11.16 Interactive Q&A Session 2
Paul Kirby, Matt Dillon, Cliff Smith, Barney Butterell, Colin Paterson

Session 3: Future-proofing our roads and infrastructure

11.37 Road development and the future of zero carbon travel
Dr Joanna White CEng MIET, Roads Development Director, National Highways
11.46 BMM Energy Solutions
Richard Spry-Shute, Compliance & Operational Delivery Manager, BMM Energy Solutions
11.57 Kerbside Charging that helps fleets switch to electric
Jack Hailstone, Accounts Manager
12.07 Interactive Q&A Session 3
Andy Eastlake, James Fraser, Dr Joanna White, Richard Spry-Shute & Jack Hailstone
12.30 Closing remarks
Andy Eastlake, Paul Kirby

Event timings and speakers are subject to change

Andy Eastlake

CEO, Zemo Partnership
Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP's (now Zemo Partnership) Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the Members Council for many years. As MD Andy was integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions.

Paul Kirby

Event Host / EV Essentials
Paul has nearly 30 years automotive industry experience specialising in the LCV sector and championing the transition to an electric future. Previously leading commercial vehicle and electric vehicle strategy for a number of organisations including Vanarama and LeasePlan, Paul's goal is to engage and get people thinking about the challenges of EV adoption and the latest innovations in the LCV sector.

Gaynor Hartnell

CEO, Renewable Transport Fuel Association
Gaynor Hartnell has worked in the renewables industry, primarily for various trade associations, since 1995.  She was instrumental in forming the Renewable Energy Association, and was its CEO from 2010 – 2013. She now runs the Renewable Transport Fuel Association, which was formed in August 2020. 

Colin Paterson

Head of Marketing, Drivetech
Colin has a breadth of marketing, communications and business development experience across the transport sector including automotive and rail transport, as well as experience in telematics, industrial and business services and not-for-profit.

Richard Spry-Shute

Compliance & Operational Delivery Manager, Bmm Energy Solutions
Richard Spry-Shute joined Bmm Energy Solutions in December 2020 to lead the companies development from successful small business to a nationally recognised EV Solutions provider.

Barney Butterell

Head of Sales & Marketing, Innovation Automotive 
Barney joined Innovation Automotive in December 2021 to develop and implement the sales strategy and direct to customer model. He previously spent over 10 years at Volkswagen Group in various sales roles; his most recent position was National Used Car Manager for SKODA. He has over 20 years’ sales and business development experience from a range of industries, including Automotive, Renewable Energy and Project Management.



Jack Hailstone

Account Manager, Connected Kerb
Jack works with Connected Kerb’s fleet customers looking at bespoke and innovative ways to tackle their fleet electrification challenges. He joined the automotive industry four years ago, lending advice to the trade on the future of mobility and impacts on our environment.

James Fraser

Policy Advisor, OZEV
James manages the research and development programme of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), which provides grant funding to projects delivering innovative on-vehicle and chargepoint technologies. He also works on home, workplace and destination chargepoint roll-out policy.

Joanna White

Acting Director for Roads Development, National Highways
Leading a division focused on intelligent transport systems (ITS), energy and road design Dr Joanna White is the Acting Director for Roads Development at National Highways. The Division is responsible for setting and updating standards, providing technical assurance, advice and leading research and innovation activities.

Evie Vincent

Fleet Engineering Team, Tesco
Evie works with Tesco’s fleet team after joining as a graduate in 2021. Along with Cliff, Evie supports the rollout of EVs across the business.

Cliff Smith

Fleet Engineering Manager, Tesco
Cliff has been at Tesco for 20 years now, working primarily in Distribution. As part of the fleet team, Cliff helps to oversee the rollout of EVs across the business, addressing the challenges faced such as ‘culture change’ and charge anxiety.

Matt Dillon

Head of Commercial Vehicles, LeasePlan
With over 13 years of experience in the fleet and leasing industry, Matt joined LeasePlan in 2021 as Head of Commercial Vehicles taking on responsibility for their CV proposition.  Prior to LeasePlan Matt was Fleet & Plant Manager at Amey, which operates one of the largest and most diverse fleets in the UK.  He subsequently held senior strategic account management and operational management roles within Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, including responsibility for several of their key commercial vehicle fleets

Graeme Cooper

Head Future Markets, National Grid
Graeme leads National Grid’s work on the decarbonisation of transport. His work helps the Government, the energy and automotive industry’s transition towards zero emission vehicles.

Sukky Choongh

Environmental Manager – Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).
Sukky Choongh graduated from Kings College London in 2010 with an MSc in Environmental Health. She joined SMMT in July 2017 as Environmental Manager for Air Quality and Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles.

*Speakers are subject to possible change – please come back regularly for updates


LeasePlan has more than 1.9 million vehicles under management in over 30 countries. With more than 50 years’ experience, our mission is to provide our customers with what’s next in mobility - from business and personal contract hire to flexible rental solutions.

Connected Kerb

Connected Kerb is one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions. We aim to make EV charging affordable, sustainable, and accessible to all regardless of social status, location or physical ability with long-lasting solutions for local authorities, property developers, commercial real estate, fleets and workplaces.


Drivetech is an established and proven leader in the provision of quality driver risk management and driver training for global businesses. Businesses that recognise their real duty of care, that are driven to control costs and have a commitment to road safety and saving lives, turn to DriveTech as a professional and collaborative supplier. Drivetech has the knowledge and resources to help improve driver safety, reduce fleet running costs and ensure compliance with legal obligations and duty of care responsibilities.

BMM Energy Solutions

BMM Energy Solutions are one of the UK’s leading providers of Electric Vehicle recharging solutions. Since 2013 BMM Energy Solutions have installed over 8000 bespoke EV recharging solutions for clients such as the NHS, Police, Fire & Rescue, and various local authority public networks. Bmm Energy Solutions is also a tier 1 installation contractor for Engie, EDF, Centrica, Engie, Scottish Power and Gronn Kontakt, playing a key role in the delivery of their EV ambitions.

Innovation Automotive

Innovation Automotive is the UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle importation and sales company. Its mission is to make the shift to electric vehicles simple, accessible and sustainable for everyone. The privately owned Cotswolds-based firm vows to live up to its name by introducing a new generation of ultra-low emission light commercial vehicles and passenger cars, from leading manufacturers, to the UK market.


RTFA is the voice of the UK’s liquid renewable and gaseous fuel producers and suppliers, established to promote rapid carbon savings through switching from fossil fuels to low carbon and renewable alternatives.  COP26 has shown that acting now to bring down carbon emissions is essential.  

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