Car Futures Wales | Speakers and Agenda


17:00 to 20:00 | ARUP, CARDIFF



mark goodier

Mark Goodier. Mark has presented on national radio for the BBC – Radio 1, Radio 2 and the World Service, and for UK commercial networks including Classic FM, Bauer Media and Smooth Radio. He has been a proponent of electric vehicles and renewable energy since 2002. He was the first person in the UK to drive the Nissan Leaf in 2011 and has since then been able to drive EVs powered by sunshine thanks to the solar array on the roof of his home. He frequently collaborates with Drive Electric – the UK’s leading provider of leased Electric Vehicles offering finance options for all makes and models. Mark will be in conversation with Tim Armitage, Arup’s project director of Autodrive, the UK’s first on-road trial of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Panel:

Dr. Liana M. Cipcigan is Reader at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering and Co-Director of the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE). She is leading the research of Electric Vehicles integration and control in distribution networks. Her research experience covers Smart Grids, Virtual Power Plants and Distributed Energy Resources integration in distribution networks. She has collaborated widely with industry, more recently during her secondment at National Grid under Royal Academy of Engineering industrial fellowship, working in the Energy Insights department responsible for the Future Energy Scenarios. She is the PI of the EPSRC/Innovate UK project of technology transfer “Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems (EFES)” leading the development of a cloud-based Virtual Power Plant for controlling EVs charging and storage through Vehicle-to-Grid. She has recently led the EPSRC project “Smart Management of Electric Vehicles” and participated in the UKERC project “Scenarios for the development of Smart Grids in UK”. She was Co-I of the projects “Economics and grid planning for smart electromobility”, “Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity” (MERGE), “European network on electric vehicles and transferring expertise” (ENEVATE), and “eBRIDGE: empowering e-fleets for business and private purposes in cities”. She is a member of BSI technical committee ESL/120 Electrical Energy Storage, and was a member of CEN-CLC eMobility working group on Smart Charging, IEEE P2030.1 working group on “Draft Guide for Electric-Sourced Transportation Infrastructure” and Low Carbon Vehicles Steering Group at Welsh Government. She has published around 100 scientific papers, book chapters and conference papers.

Steve Brooks, Director of Sustrans Cymru: Steve has 20 years’ experience of policy and public affairs, the last 10 years of which have been in senior roles at Oxfam, the Sustainable Development Commission and most recently the Electoral Reform Society. He is a former Wales chair of the NGO coalition Stop Climate Chaos, a former president of the National Union of Students in Wales, and also spent time working as a public affairs consultant in the private sector. A trustee of the social justice think-tank The Bevan Foundation, Steve is passionate about making Wales a fair, prosperous and sustainable nation.

Rachel Shorney, Stakeholder & Community Engagement Manager for SP Energy Networks. Rachel has held various roles within the distribution network operator SP Energy Networks, both designing and delivering large 132kV projects. For the last 10 years Rachel has been focused on  facilitating renewable generation connections and innovation projects onto the electricity network across North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. Rachel is a member of the ENA Community Energy Working Group and the SP Energy Networks Electric Vehicle Steering Group and is responsible for engaging with all stakeholders who will be affected by the changes that new technologies will bring to the electricity distribution network in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire.

Scott McClurg, Head of Energy and Sustainability for HSBC UK, Corporate Banking. Scott has more than 20years experience in this sector and has led some of the UK’s largest and high-profile projects across the spectrum of Energy and Sustainability sectors. Partnering with key businesses, organisations and government entities across the UK, Scott’s focus is working with companies to identify the opportunities and challenges posed by the transition to a low carbon economy and the resulting technology and regulatory impacts. Under Scott’s leadership, HSBC have framed new ways to finance these ventures, supporting both UK and global customers to achieve their sustainability goals.

Mike Potter, CEO of Drive Electric. Mike Potter is Managing Director and founder of DriveElectric and has been delivering specialist services for the EV and plug-in market since 2011. In 2015 Mike was appointed as Chairman of the BVRLA Leasing Broker Committee and received the ‘EV Champion’ Fleet Hero award from the Energy Saving Trust.


17:00 – 17:30 – Registration and networking

17.30 – 17.40 – Introduction to evening session by Mari Arthur, Director, Cynnal Cymru

17.40 – 18.00 – Speaker TBC

18.00 – 18.30 – Tim Armitage in conversation with Mark Goodier

18.30 – 19.00 – Panel Discussion

19.00 – 19.15 – Questions and open discussion

19.15 – 20.00 – Refreshments and networking