CEO, Cenex and Chair, UKEVSE
Robert is CEO of Cenex (www.cenex.co.uk)), a not-for-profit consultancy and research organisation with a strategic focus on supporting low carbon vehicle supply chain and market development for transport and associated energy systems.
Since joining Cenex in December 2005, Robert has overseen the development and delivery of a range of electric, hydrogen and gas vehicles and recharging\refuelling infrastructure projects, as well as establishing Cenex-LCV (www.cenex-lcv.co.uk) as the UK’s largest technology showcasing and networking event for the low carbon vehicle community.
Cenex is recognised as one of the pioneering organisations involved in Electric Vehicle infrastructure deployment, advising cities and businesses on planning and implementation as well as orchestrating research to help explore the business case for smart charging including Vehicle-to-Grid.
Cenex’ research and consultancy projects help provide an evidence base that can shape policy and market development.
Robert is Chair of UKEVSE, the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (www.ukevse.org.uk), which is a trade association that represents UK charge point providers and charge point network operators.
Robert is also a Director of Stitching Cenex Nederland, a member of the Automotive Council Technology Group and holds Non-Executive Directorships with the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), EV8 Technologies, Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) and Electric Corby Community Interest Company.
Prior to joining Cenex, Robert worked for 18 years with Johnson Matthey, 10 of which were spent developing international markets for energy, environmental and automotive technologies, including fuel cells and vehicle emissions control for cars, buses, trucks and Non Road Mobile Machinery.
Roland Steinmetz is an experienced project manager in the fields of electric transport, energy and mobility. He has experience in the initiation phase to the actual realisation of various complex projects. Roland has been involved in the introduction of electric transport in the Netherlands and Europe since 2008 and is Director of EVConsult, a consultancy company of 25 people accelerating E-mobility for governments, utilities and automotive sector.
Paul Gadd, Head of Automotive, Innovate UK
Paul is the Interim Deputy Director, Land Transport, Manufacturing and Materials at Innovate UK, part of UK research and Innovation. He and his team deliver funding and support to businesses working on innovation in manufacturing, materials, rail, connected transport, low emission vehicles and connected and autonomous vehicles.
The team works directly with Government teams as well as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
In 2018/19, the team delivered >£250m of R&D support to help UK companies take advantage of emerging opportunities, helping turn technology and business model concepts into successful product and service innovation that boosts the UK economy. Prior to joining Innovate UK in 2014 Paul worked at Horiba-MIRA and post university worked at Caterpillar for seven years.