FVI – THE SHOW: Speakers

Keith Bottomley, Elected Member, City of London Corporation

Keith is widely involved in youth, education, climate action, environment and broader policy agendas.

He is Vice Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee and Chairman of its Port Health and Environment Committee, principally responsible for public and animal health, air quality and keeping the Square Mile clean.

Keith is passionate about advancing the interests of young people and about skills and education. He is a Governor of three Bermondsey Academies and a Governor at the City of London School and chairs Partnership for Young London, which advances and influences London, Regional and central government on youth policy.

As a Chartered Banker and former Director of Communications at NatWest Group, he has a great deal of experience of working at a senior level in the City of London’s dynamic financial services industry.

Keith is also a Member of the City of London Gresham Committee, Director of the Central Foundation Schools of London and Trustee of Barts Hospital Guild and Housing the Homeless Central Fund.

John Oosthuizen, Strategy Planner Freight, Transport for London

John started his career working in operations for a liquid bulk trucking company in South Africa before moving into information systems. He consulted in manufacturing and planning systems with Deloitte & Touche and then as an independent consultant in South Africa, Africa and the USA where he developed supply chain and logistics strategies. He later joined Transnet in South Africa where he was responsible for port strategy and planning. John has worked in the freight team at TfL for 6 years, covering freight strategy and policy. He is currently focused on last-mile deliveries and land use for freight.

Moving to hydrogen vehicles is more than a fuel change. – Trevor Nicoll, Assistant Director of Environment and Operations, St Helens Council

Trevor was previously Head of Service for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.   

Trevor has extensive experience of issues affecting waste services in local authorities, including insourcing collection services, procuring waste treatment contracts and electric collection vehicles, operating trade waste services and delivering efficiency savings. Trevor also has wide experience in managing other Council services including Fleet, Street Care, Grounds Maintenance, Environmental Health, School Traded Services and the Climate Emergency.  

Since becoming a Chartered CIWM Member in 2009, he has actively contributed to the work of CIWM, including being the President, Fellow and Trustee of CIWM and a former Director of WAMITAB.

Kevin Barcroft, Academy Training Manager, Simply Waste Solutions

Kevin has been in the logistics and waste sectors for over 30 years. His current responsibilities within Simply Waste Solution – now part of Biffa – include installing and maintaining a culture of environmental, safety and legally compliant excellence.

He achieves this by introducing various training initiatives. Kevin managed the in-house Driver CPC Training Centre, where he designed and implemented bespoke Driver CPC and e-learning courses. Within the last two years, he helped reduce reportable road traffic collisions by 66%, and in the previous four years, he helped improve Simply Waste fuel efficiency by over 20% – 4%. He also aided in enhancing the company legal compliance (tachograph infringements) by over 85%.

His other positions in the broader industry include:
· Part of original (EU Skills/ESA) working group, designing ‘Street Safe Sam’
· Chairman of FTA East of England Regional Freight Council
· Member of UK (National) Freight Council

Kate Cairns, Founder, Cairns Consultancy

Passionate about preserving the planet, fulfilling potential and seeking synergies, Kate followed a career in civil engineering and sustainable development. In the year 2000, Kate authored the briefing sheet for ICE members on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. Two decades later, this is now an issue of national emergency.

Kate continues to be a thought leader with numerous papers and articles published, interviews on podcasts, TV, radio and trade press. She regularly speaks at industry events, forums and conferences. She has instigated and developed not one, but two international ‘world first’ industry standards in sustainability (CEEQUAL) and safety (CLOCS – construction logistics and community safety)

Kate is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, and Fellow of the ICE. She is an Associate Member of the Professional Speaking Association, Chair of the ICE Fairness Inclusion and Respect Expert Panel, and a thought leader on sustainability, safety and inclusivity.

Vince Dignam Business Performance Manager, City of London Corporation

Vince has been in the transport industry for over 30 years. His main duties involve coordinating the cleansing, waste and transport contracts for the City of London.

He is the ‘O’ licence holder for the City of London and responsible for the implementation of the Corporate Transport Policy.

Vince is a member of CILT, a member of CIWM, a Carmen Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London. Since 2008, he has been involved with the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) and was one of the first local authorities to gain gold accreditation.

Vince is part of the of the FORS Governance group (GSAG) and in 2017 became Chairman of the FORS Executive Group. He is also a CLOCS Champion promoting work-related Road Risk Strategy.

Keith Kerman, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Chief Fleet Officer, City of New York

Keith leads safety and sustainability through NYC’s Vision Zero and Clean Fleet initiatives. He implements nation-leading shared servicing, telematics, truck side-guards, electric vehicles, solar carports, and biofuels. NYC has over 30,000 units, the largest US municipal fleet.

Keith has entered year 28 of public service, including 17 with NYC Parks working from Central Park. In 2019 Keith received the Sloan Public Service Award, referred to as the Nobel Prize of NY public service. Keith has graduated from Massachusetts and Harvard College.

Michael Britt, CEO, MG Britt

Michael has spent 31 years at UPS. He has worked in different capacities spending time in operations, industrial engineering and automotive engineering. For ten years, he worked in California as the Region Automotive Engineering Manager and has a clear understanding of the environmental concerns in that state. Michael has led efforts in alternative fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet. These projects include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid vehicle development, including hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid technologies.

MG Britt Inc provides engineering and consulting services.

He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Technical Advisory Group to the America Trucking Association, Calstart Board Chair, Clean Cites Board Member and served with The United Way as a member of the Board of Directors in several locations.

Ann-Marie Knegt – Editor, Fleet Vision International/ Creative Director, Visie Communications

Ann-Marie has over 17 years of experience editing several B2B magazine titles in the municipal, transport, firefighting and industrial fire protection industries. Ann-Marie launched the successful Future Fleet Forum in partnership with the City of London, City of New York, City of Montreal, the SOE and CILT.

Ann-Marie has organised several other events and regularly leads industry panel discussions all over the world.

Ann-Marie set up Visie Communications with her Business Partner, Jason Pidgeon. With Visie meaning vision in Dutch, this dynamic agency specialises in highly-targeted thought-leadership events for the B2B sector, public relations, media liaisons, and business consultancy. Most recently, Visie took on the contract for the all-ready well-established Optimised Waste and Logistics Roadshows (OWL) and is organising Fleet Vision International – THE SHOW.

She launched the highly acclaimed online publication Fleet Vision International – the official journal of OWL and the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality.

Ann-Marie has an expansive knowledge of transport, air quality, fleet and firefighting and fire protection practice worldwide. 

Amanda Lyne, MD/ Co-Founder, Ulemco

With over 20 years of experience in the hydrogen and fuel cell technology sector, Amanda is a specialist in the commercialisation of cleantech businesses.
She is the current Deputy Chair of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. She has held senior positions, most notably in the Chlor-Alkali industry, which produces hydrogen as a by-product of the chlorine production process. She has worked in sectors related to the hydrogen economy her whole career.

Robert S Martinez, Deputy Commissioner, Support Services Bureau, New York Police Department (NYPD)

Robert joined the New York City Police Department in June 1986, where he rose through the supervisory ranks. He currently commands a bureau that provides logistical and technical support to all commands within the New York City Police Department and services the public through the operations of the Fleet Services Division.

He maintains a fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and repairs vehicles assigned to client agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection, the Property Clerk Division, Central Records Division and Printing Section. He oversees approximately 800 members and over $179 million of fleet and equipment while safekeeping an annual budget at the same time.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from New York City Technical College, where he majored in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Executive Management from the Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He also attended the Harvard School of Government in 2011.

Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV & Municipal UK & Ireland, Renault Trucks UK

Grahame has been in the industry since 1984, operating within the LCV, HGV, and contract hire sectors. During the ’80s and ’90s, he spent time at both Seddon Atkinson and Foden Trucks. He then spent nearly ten years at Lex Autolease, setting up and running the LCV Division. In 2016, Grahame joined Renault Trucks as Head of LCV for the UK and Ireland, designing and implementing a new sales strategy across the network. He also introduced the ZE electromobility range.

An innovative, visionary and passionate leader, Grahame continues to drive sales and innovation within Renault Trucks forward into new markets. He has clear ambitions and aims for all aspects of transportation to integrate into the new world of electrification.

Nick Molden, Founder & CEO, Emissions Analytics

Oxford graduate Nick Molden has more than fifteen years’ experience in the information sector, specialising in advanced modelling techniques to help businesses extract profit from data. Through real-world testing Nick is profoundly committed to improving vehicle emissions. As well as leading Emissions Analytics and the EQUA Index, he is the co-founder of Allow Independent Road-testing (AIR).

Nathan Wilson, Account & Market Development Manager, UK & Republic of Ireland, Allison Transmission Europe

Nathan has served in the automotive industry for over 40 years, completing a five-year apprenticeship on heavy commercials vehicles and Plant Machinery in 1983. He later completed an MSc in Automotive Strategic Management at Loughborough University.

He gained armoured tracked and wheel vehicle knowledge and experience with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers reserves for eight years, achieving the rank of a non-commissioned officer class 1.

In 1985, Nathan joined the Mercedes-Benz Truck Division in the UK as the first person of colour to hold Regional Engineer, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Representative and Strategic Account Manager. He was transferred to the Mercedes Benz Bus & Coach division in 1998 to head up its fleet operations team.

In 2001, Nathan joined Hyundai Motor as Aftersales Development Manager, specialising in lean and business process management, where he remained until 2014. After a thirteen-year stint with the Korean giant, he spent two years as a Director in a medium-sized dealer group in the retail car sector.

Nathan is currently employed as a trusted advisor to fleets, bodybuilders and OEMs, for Allison Transmission, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems.

Mike Colborne, Mike Colborne, Transport Compliance & Road Safety, Arch.Law Resource Member

Mike has over 25 years of experience within the fleet and logistics industry, having worked within the waste, general haulage, warehousing and multi-drop delivery sectors specialising in health, safety, fleet compliance and crisis management.

His current role involves looking after many fleets of around 250 vehicles. However, he has previously been responsible for overseeing the running of a single fleet with over 1000 vehicles. He has extensive hands-on and operational experience dealing with every type of road traffic incident. He is passionate about road safety and a great advocate of working collaboratively with third party specialists to improve fleet and road safety for everyone.

Sukky Choongh,Environmental Manager – Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles/ Inclusivity Officer, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)

Sukky graduated from Kings College London in 2010 with an MSc in Environmental Health and has previously been employed by the London Borough of Islington as air quality officer. She was also the project manager for Low Emission Logistics, a multi borough Mayors Air Quality funded project led by Lambeth Council. 

She joined SMMT in July 2017 as Environmental Manager for Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.