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The Secretariat’s role is to facilitate engagement between members of the Partnership and acts as the first point of contact for organisations and individuals interested in its work. The Secretariat coordinates the work of the Board of Trustees, the Members Council and the Working Groups and represents the Partnership to internal and external audiences.
The LowCVP Secretariat team is, currently:
Andy has a strong background in mechanical engineering, spending most of his career to date at Millbrook Proving Ground where he has specialised for the last 15 years in powertrain developments. Andy joined Millbrook after a year’s training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University.
After graduating in 1987, Andy joined the team at Millbrook as a durability engineer, shortly moving to the emissions department to build a new laboratory and develop emissions testing procedures. More recently he has worked on consultancy projects for UK and European governments to develop testing procedures for hybrid and electric vehicles.
An active volunteer in his local community, Andy has worked as a school governor , leading on sustainability issues, and as an organiser in the scouting movement. He has developed a passion for outdoor pursuits – particularly skiing and snowboarding – and for leading teams.
Jonathan Murray is an environmental economist with over twenty years of experience working in the automotive and fuel industries for companies including the Energy Saving Trust, the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) and Total Oil, among others.
His experience has involved developing policy and designing programmes to promote markets for alternative fuels and vehicle technologies such as LPG, natural gas, electric vehicles and emission reduction technologies. Working with local authorities and agencies to reduce congestion, improve air quality in urban centres and tackling climate change in the UK and across Europe. Advising fleets on green procurement, sustainable fleet management and co-ordinating procurement consortiums. He also has extensive experience of working with stakeholders to develop policy.
In 2003 he was awarded the Green Fleet Award for Personal Achievement for kick-starting a market for clean fuelled vehicles in the UK.
Neil is responsible for LowCVP's communications activities including all publications, the monthly e-newsletter and the website. He also manages the Partnership's own events, including the annual conference and party conference activities, and agrees participation in third-party initiatives. Neil is responsible for media and parliamentary communications and also for the Secretariat's information management.
Neil has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of policy, public affairs, business development and communications roles. After 7 years with the energy company, Texaco, and a two-year assignment as a VSO volunteer, Neil joined the Energy Saving Trust's nascent transport programmes division. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, a Masters in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Catherine has been acting in this role since 2005. Amongst Catherine’s responsibilities are the management of stakeholder relations, partnership finances, facilites and assisting with most communications activities (particularly website matters). As the longest standing member of the team, Catherine has an extensive knowledge of the Partnership, its history and members.
Catherine is a linguist by training with previous experience including international and educational research organisations. Previous roles include working in the Communications and Education sectors of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) providing administrative and programme management support at the Kingston office in Jamaica; working in the Director’s office at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London as part of the Aga Khan Development Network. She has BA (Hons) in French and Spanish and a Diploma in European Business Administration.
Gloria is an environmental scientist with ten years experience of air pollution assessment and management. She has held positions in environmental consultancy, academia and local government and has developed research, projects and policies related to improving local air quality and addressing climate change.
One of her key work areas has been expanding the uptake of low carbon vehicle fuels and technologies, including electric, hybrid and biomethane vehicles. During her employment at the London Borough of Camden, the Council received the Public Sector Green Fleet Award from Green Fleet Magazine, and the Guardian Newspaper's Fleet Hero Award for Innovation in Fleet Management.
Szilvia joined LowCVP as the Team Assistant in June 2012, having worked and volunteered previously at various organisations within the not-for-profit sector including the Hungarian Cultural Centre London, Listening Books, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, and Historic Royal Palaces. She is currently responsible for dealing with the Partnership's membership matters as well as assisting with administrative duties.