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Michael Hayman MBE DL: Seven Hills

Michael is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and author. He co-founded the campaigns firm Seven Hills & co-authored Mission (Penguin). He is Chairman of Entrepreneurs at the private bank and wealth manager Coutts.

Michael is Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at the University of London where he also holds an Honorary Doctorate. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and is an advisory board member of the School of Business & Management, Queen Mary University of London.

Michael hosts the Change Makers podcast and the TV show Capital Conversation and is an experienced event host. He has interviewed leaders from business, sports, politics the arts and entertainment. Michael is a columnist for CityAM, Country and Town House, and capital markets columnist for the Yorkshire Post.

He co-founded the national campaign for early-stage enterprise, StartUp Britain, is an advisory board member of the National Business Awards and serves on the Advisory Council of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise promotion, entrepreneurship and education, is a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey and is a Freeman of the City of London.

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Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS: Central HVMC

Katherine joined the HVM Catapult as CEO in June 2021 following a 16-year career at Airbus, including as Senior Vice President leading the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK.

Katherine’s previous employment was with Vauxhall Motors where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London, working with a range of industrial clients.

Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises. She is on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy), the Investment Council of the Department for International Trade, the Made Smarter Commission and of the Wales Government Science and Innovation Council. Katherine will also be joining the Automotive Council.

In November 2019 Katherine was appointed as Chair of the Western Gateway, a cross government and local authority initiative which will aim to promote and maximise economic growth across south Wales and the West of England. Katherine managed the public affairs for VentilatorChallengeUK which was led by the HVM Catapult.

In July 2018, Katherine founded the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector and served on the Board of the International Aviation Women’s Association. Katherine has an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University.

Ali Clabburn: CEO Liftshare Group

Car-sharing pioneer, Ali Clabburn, was struck by the inefficient and wasteful practice of single occupancy car journeys as a student trying to catch a lift home from university in 1998. Two decades on, the Liftshare Group is steadfast in its mission to make Zero Carbon Commuting a reality.

Liftshare was the UK’s first car-sharing Platform, saving its community over 1 billion car miles in commuter emissions. As the pandemic transformed the way we work, temporarily reducing the need for car-sharing, Ali developed and launched the Mobilityways Platform. The only software solution dedicated to decarbonising the commute, the Platform is a suite of software tools that enables employers to evidence, track, plan and change their commuter emissions to support ambitious net zero goals.

Clive Hickman: Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre

Prior to joining MTC in January 2011 Clive Hickman had over 35 years of engineering experience in several roles within the automotive industry, culminating in the position of Head of Engineering for Tata Motors in India.

Born in Dudley in the West Midlands, he gained a first-class honours degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.

He was a senior engineer with Rover Group before becoming Engineering and Group Operations Director at the Motor Industry Research Association working on product development and later joining Ricardo Consulting Engineers, where he held a seat on the board of Ricardo Plc and was managing director of Ricardo UK Ltd.

During his career, he has worked on a wide range of vehicle programmes including the development of a unique Bentley which, along with Dr Phaefgan of VW, he presented to HM the Queen in 2002.

In 2005, he was approached by Ratan Tata with the idea to set up an engineering function for Tata Motors in the UK and to manage the entire engineering operation for Tata Motors in India, responsible for some 6,000 engineers. During this time in the automotive sector, he was responsible for the 'peoples car' the Nano in India and the introduction of the Vista electric vehicle in UK.

Over the last 10 years, he has led MTC through a period of extraordinary growth helping to create a national asset that has become a magnet for manufacturing across the Midlands.

As Chairman of the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience commission, his ambition is to deliver a set of actions that will make the Midlands the preeminent Innovation Region.

Matthew Higham: Microsoft UK

Matthew Higham is the Chief Digital Officer for Microsoft UK and the Sustainability Lead for Enterprise. His role centres around creating market disruption through deep partnership with our customers. He is a passionate leader in the use of technology for social good and to working in harmony with the planet, its resources while securing a more equitable future for all. Matthew leads co-innovation to create market leading solutions working alongside our product engineering and Research organisations to bring science based impact & transformation. He also sits on the techUK Climate Strategy & Resilience Council which provides strategic direction for all industry activities related to climate risk, resilience, energy transition and net zero carbon.

Rob Lasinski: Octopus Energy

Rob Labinski is Head of Electrification at Octopus Energy, designing new market propositions with large scale fleets and corporate partners.

Octopus is supporting the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by combining software and infrastructure with zero carbon generation and charging technology. Rob and his team have developed a suite of solutions that enable businesses to simplify workplace, home, and on-the-road EV charging, visualising the data in a way that cuts administration costs.

Rob has been at the forefront of smart grid management and optimisation for 10 years and is now developing new solutions for a zero carbon future with Octopus Energy.


Allan Wickham: Natwest Property Services

Allan Wickham leads Climate and Data for Property Services at NatWest. He is leading NatWest Group’s Own Operations Footprint Programme, with goals to be Net Zero in 2020 and Climate Positive in 2025 for our own direct operations.