Rushlight Events

Doing Business in Urban Mobility

9 May 2019

5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by

25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY



Rapidly increasing urban populations and the need to reduce its environmental impact have combined to bring a speedy evolution of urban mobility to the fore for local and national government.

Transport has become the largest contributor of global carbon emissions and the effect of transport on local air quality and citizens’ health has meant that urban mobility is now gaining much attention by regulators, media and the general public. 

There are a range of funded programmes supported by BEIS and Innovate UK designed to facilitate the development and deployment of decarbonised transport solutions.  Similarly, urban planners are being required to set high environmental standards and enable low carbon transport solutions.

This provides an unparalleled opportunity for organisations to bring their sustainable transport solutions to market, but it is not straight forward to get in front of the right people and organisations.  This event is designed to address this by bringing together the key participants in the move to cleaner cities and a sustainable transport system.

This is the first in the Rushlight Doing Business series of events that seek to set out the opportunities to develop a successful business in an exciting part of the cleantech sector.  This format brings together investors and financiers; local and national government officials; funded programme representatives; analysts; cleantech companies and technology developers; corporate partners and customers; key intermediaries and networks; consultants and planners and other members and interest parties of this specific community.

Urban mobility includes the following:

  • mobility as a service
  • electric cars, electric car charging, batteries and other energy sources and V2G
  • electric bikes
  • lift shares
  • electric car clubs
  • autonomous vehicles
  • travellators
  • velocopters and other electric drone taxis
  • elevated shuttle buses, trams
  • decentralised energy sources for transport
  • apps for route optimisation, transport as a service, mode sourcing and community solutions
  • pedestrian and cycle access routes
  • artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in traffic management
  • river transport and use of other waterways
  • urban air quality measurement and management


17.30 Registration

18.00  Welcome: Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson

18.05  Introduction: Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

18.10 Keynote: Ben Plowden, Director of Project and Programme Sponsorship, Transport for London.  His presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 BEN PLOWDEN 1 and RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 BEN PLOWDEN 2

18.25-19.15 Urban mobility business presentations:

Robin Brownsell, CEO, BeemCar Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 BEEMCAR

David Stewart, CEO, Esoterix Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 ESOTERIX

Phil Henrick, Mobility Director, Green Motion International. Presentation is

Mark Florisson, CEO, Urban Mobility Labs.  Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 URBAN MOBILITY LABS

Mike Handley, CEO, PolyChord Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 POLYCHORD

Beth Dawson, Major Projects Manager, Fuel Cell Systems Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 FUEL CELL SYSTEMS

Archi Wallace Griffin, Business Development, Smartbarge Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 SMARTBARGE

Ismail Hamdad, Managing Director, AdsumNET Ltd. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 ADSUMNET

Andy Leech, Managing Director, Fleet Evolution. Presentation is RUSHLIGHT TRANSPORT BRIEFING 9-5-19 FLEET EVOLUTION

19.15 Panel session

Ben Plowden, Director of Project and Programme Sponsorship, Transport for London

Guy Ranawake, Investment Director, Ingenious

Mark Westwood, Chief Technology Officer, Transport Systems Catapult

Katharina Winbeck, Head of Transport, Environment & Infrastructure, London Councils 

will give feedback to the companies and then discuss key issues, before a Q&A session wraps up the formal part of the evening.

20.10 Networking

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for companies with any kind of transport-related system or solutions; investors and financiers; local authorities; government; transport professionals; sustainability specialists; analysts; corporate customers; advisers; intermediaries; transport sector participants; city planners; energy and fuel companies; transport networks; technology developers; media and other followers of transport and urban life.   


To register for this event click HERE.



Ben Plowden – Transport for London

Ben has recently been appointed as Director of Project and Programme Sponsorship in TfL Surface Transport, responsible for oversight of all TfL investment in London’s roads and streets (including the Mayor’s Healthy Streets programme) and delivery of the Mayor’s air quality programme.  He has held a number of senior roles in TfL, including Director of Strategy and Planning for Surface Transport, MD of Communications and founder Director of the Smarter Travel Unit.  He has extensive experience of the workings of both national and local government, both from the “outside” as an environmental campaigner and from the “inside” in his roles as a senior director at Transport for London (TfL). He is a non-executive director of the Transport Systems Catapult and Visiting Professor at UCL. Before joining TfL, Ben was one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners, ending up as the first paid Director of the Pedestrians Association, which he re-launched as Living Streets in 2000 to campaign for improved public spaces. 

BeemCar Ltd

BeemCar Ltd is a high capacity urban transport company solving the problem of mobility that all global cities face, by developing the next generation PRT transport network .Our aim is to provide passengers with a customised and comfortable travel experience encouraging them to leave their cars at home.

Esoterix Ltd

Esoterix creates smart city tools for the discovery, design and operation of extensions to the public transport network, from the data-mining of new bus routes through to the operation of 1st/last mile services. Its aim is to make it easier and more attractive to undertake door-to-door journeys using shared transport.

Green Motion International

Green Motion is a world-leading brand in the provision of lower CO2 car hire; present in over 40 countries worldwide, across over 400 operational locations. Green Motion is at the forefront of mobility innovation for the car rental industry, pioneering the latest technology to deliver truly frictionless mobility services.

Urban Mobility Labs

We are creating a new transportation system for cities. It will be the highest-capacity system in the world, equivalent to 6 subway lines. 

PolyChord Ltd

PolyChord Ltd is an SME,  a spin-out from Cambridge University founded in 2017. We are enjoying rapid growth. We currently have one cross-border project underway (in facial recognition) where we are working with a large global company with offices in New York, Tel Aviv, and Belfast. We are also engaging with Canadian organisations in a new project. We are a small company – yet we have on board two Cambridge Professors of Astrophysics, so our capabilities are quite large.  We have made the best progress by collaborating with large dynamic successful companies, who have clear data problems they need to solve, where there is obvious and large commercial value in solving those problems. We have a unique “Big Data” tool which can solve data problems which other data tools cannot solve – especially where there are many complex variables, and high dimensions in the problem – which makes fitting models to extract information (for other tools) very difficult – that’s where our PolyChord tool really delivers. Global optimisation is also possible in many circumstances.

Connected Kerb

Founded in late 2017 and based in central London, Connected Kerb have innovated a smart cities solution that includes electric vehicle charging, IoT sensors and ultra-fast Wi-Fi. Designed for urban residential landscapes, as well as workplace charging, CK`s vision is to provide a future-proofed, environmentally sustainable, low-cost solution to EV charging, which in turn will improve air quality, accelerate the transition from ICEs (Internal Combustion Engines) to EVs and support the adoption of smart cities technologies.

Fuel Cell Systems Ltd

At Fuel Cell Systems Ltd we design, source and integrate bespoke fuel cell solutions for customers. We understand the products available globally and recommend solutions based on our customers’ power needs.  Additionally, we offer a range of hydrogen refuelling solutions, to help address the current UK infrastructure gap.  The Mini Hydrogen Dispenser is one of our refuelling products – a “jerry can” for hydrogen vehicles, providing enough hydrogen for an extra 30-50 miles and enabling a stranded vehicle to reach the nearest static fuel station. The first production unit has been incorporated into a prototype ‘alternative fuel assist’ vehicle by the AA.

Smartbarge Ltd

SmartBarge is a proven intermodal system of modular design which is capable of carrying all standard road-based containers, such as standard skips, ‘Roll On Roll Off’ (RORO) units & ISO shipping containers. There are two module types; Module One which is a “skip-based system” and Module Two which is a “container-based system”. Both unique module designs allow the SmartBarge system to work with standard road vehicles to load & unload cargo, bypassing the need for traditional wharfs, docks or cranes. 

AdsumNET Ltd

Featuring “LivePark” the industry least intrusive, cost-effective and high-precision Smart-Parking Sensor System.  30% of daytime traffic is caused by vehicles searching for parking spots. Existing Smart-Parking Solutions are too complex and expensive for a city-wide deployment. Leveraging its expertise in 5G-IoT, Artificial-Intelligence and Cloud-Computing, AdsumNET provides cities with the best-in-class technology to point drivers directly to available spots, eliminating time spent circling city blocks. Scalability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness are at the core of AdsumNET Smart-Parking system design.  AdsumNET aims at enhancing the way we move and live in cities by reducing congestions and pollution while saving drivers time & money.

Fleet Evolution

Fleet Evolution are a GoUltraLow company dedicated to promoting electric cars to employers nationally, giving employees access to ev’s at hugely reduced costs via a simple payroll deduction.

Guy Ranawake – Ingenious

Guy is an Investment Director in the Infrastructure team.  Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PWC, Guy worked in corporate finance for Evercore (2008-2015), Barclays Capital (2007-2008), Taylor-DeJongh (2003-2007) and Citi (1995-2003). During his time at Evercore, Guy advised clients predominantly in the utilities and infrastructure sector with a particular focus on power generation assets, natural resources and infrastructure. Guy’s experience includes capital raising (equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, valuation, project finance and commercial structuring and negotiations in both developed and emerging markets.

Mark Westwood – Transport Systems Catapult

Mark joined the Transport Systems Catapult to lead projects developing automated and autonomous vehicle technologies.  He now holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for development and delivery of the Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility, alongside leading a portfolio of autonomous vehicle related projects including the drone and driverless car domains. During the early part of his career he was engaged in a wide variety of autonomous vehicle related research and development projects while working for QinetiQ.  Areas of research included vehicle guidance and control, navigation technologies, remote sensing and telematics.  Highlights include working as Theme Leader for Autonomy and Decision Making within the ASTRAEA UAS project, a £62M collaborative project between industry and TSB/Innovate UK which targeted development of technologies to enable the operation of UAVs within civil airspace.  In 2010 he was appointed as Head of Systems Engineering for Air Division within QinetiQ, responsible for a team of Systems Engineers working across a wide range of technology projects.  He has recent experience in a business management role, running a research and development focussed business unit within the aerospace sector. 

Katharina Winbeck – London Councils

Katharina Winbeck is an environmental and social scientist specialising in developing major public initiatives. She has worked in the health, housing, environment and transport sectors. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in developing sustainability, environment, transport and infrastructure policy. She has worked for the UK’s National Health Service, three of London’s boroughs, Transport for London, the Audit Commission and now for London Councils. Katharina is passionate about environmental sustainability.




Past events in the archive

Sustainable Freight Transport


5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by  

15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP


Economic activity depends on effective logistics to supply materials to industry and to move products along the supply chain and eventually to the end consumer.  While logistics encompasses a range of activities, the most visible and environmentally damaging element is the extensive use of freight transport.

Transport generally accounts for about 35% to 40% of global total energy end use.  Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) alone accounted for 19% of UK transport emissions in 1999-2010, and vans a further 12%, according to the Department for Transport.  Shipping is another important, yet polluting, component of freight transportation, accounting for 3% of the world’s greenhouse gases, according to the European Commission.  That’s around a billion tonnes of emissions a year, or twice the carbon footprint of aviation.

In the past 30 years, overall freight transport has doubled and road freight transport has tripled, in the process becoming the dominant transport mode. Although there are a number of large players in this field, there are, even during this recent recession, an enormous number of smaller freight operators with fleets which number in single figures.  The movement of freight, whether by road, rail, inland waterways or short sea shipping, is vital to the economy of the UK. However, the impacts of congestion, the environment, and an overburdened infrastructure have to be addressed. There is a need for an emphasis on improving sustainability of the freight system, in terms of both enhancing the benefits of a robust freight system and minimising the negative impacts freight movement can have.

Sustainable freight initiatives are designed to deliver systems that:

  • improve the efficiency of distribution
  • minimise congestion
  • make better use of transport infrastructure, including promoting modal change and intermodality
  • reduce noise and disturbance from freight movements
  • minimise the carbon footprint of the whole supply chain

There have been a number of approaches and initiatives to decarbonise the UK logistics system including low carbon vehicles, improved route planning, fuel and load efficiencies, road driver behaviour monitoring, rail electrification, shipping and aviation fuels alternatives, logistics optimisation and reverse logistics, inland waterway regeneration, rail telematics and localisation.  The reality is that the transport sector as a whole and the freight subsector in particular still has a long way to go to decarbonise fully and to minimise its environmental impact.

This event will assess where freight transport has reached in its move towards a more sustainable approach and look in detail at each of the road, rail, waterway and air systems to see what else can be done and where the next moves are likely to take place.


5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – John Drake, Chief Commercial Counsel, Bird & Bird

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm Road freight overview – Andrew Palmer, Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

6.40pm Digital railway for freight transport – Network Rail

7.00pm Sustainability and shipping – Sustainable Shipping Initiative

7.20pm Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

Ian Wainwright, TfL

Sustainable Aviation

John Dodwell, Trustee Canal & River Trust

Who should attend?

This briefing is relevant for anyone who is interested or involved in any aspect of freight and transport. In particular, attendees will be involved with the transport of commercial goods, including logistics companies, businesses with any kind of supply chain or devolved manufacturing, retail distribution, multinationals, consumer delivery service companies, bulky goods managers, warehousing, distribution centres, investors and financiers, analysts, consultants and advisers, transport companies, media; town and transport network planners; other supply chain participants or UK transport sector and industry followers.


To register for this event click HERE.



Andrew Palmer – Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

Andrew is an honorary research fellow at the Logistics Research Centre of Heriot Watt University and is a renowned expert in strategic logistics network design and related quantitative techniques such as computer modelling. He is the original author of the CAST supply chain network planning software which is used by more than 300 major companies throughout the world. For over 30 years Andrew has been involved in a wide range of commercial, UK government and European Commission sponsored projects. He was recently employed by the European Commission as a logistics expert to evaluate proposals, under the Seventh Framework transport call – TREN 2010. His research interest focuses on the sustainability of freight transport and the methods required to improve vehicle capacity utilisation and reduce empty running. He recently completed a one year project for ECR UK, which is run by the Institute of Grocery Distribution, which involved modelling the transport flows of 27 major retailing and manufacturing companies with a view to reducing the number of vehicles on the road, in particular, through collaboration. He has just started working on a three year European Commission project with the acronym CO3 (Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality) which has the aim of identifying and implementing freight transport collaboration opportunities in Europe. He has published many articles, and is a regular speaker at logistics planning and sustainability conferences. His work in home deliveries and sustainable logistics has received media coverage with television interviews and articles in national newspapers.

Ian Wainwright – Transport for London

Having a degree in Town Planning, Ian worked for 18 years in the logistics industry, on a range of third party contracts. Experiences from supply chain reorganisation, depot start-ups and closures, and Trade Union negotiation have given him a valuable insight into the issues, complexities and costs faced by logistics companies and their customers.  Ian has now spent 10 years working for Transport for London, most recently responsible for managing the programme to encourage operators and businesses to revise their delivery activity during the 2012 Games. He is Head of the Freight and Fleet Team managing the programme to maximise the safety of freight activity and build on the lessons from the Games, such as retiming deliveries.

John Dodwell – Canal & River Trust

John is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Investments Committee at the Trust.  He qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into corporate finance and corporate law. He is a former finance director or chair of several property companies (including joint ventures), has been a  trustee of other charities (including dealing with investments). Since 1961, he has been a member of the Inland Waterways Association (of which he was general secretary 1970-73). John is the former chair of the Commercial Boat Operators Association. He owns an historic narrowboat tug in which he has travelled over many parts of the waterways network.



Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Tuesday 23 June 2015

5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by  

15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP


With transport accounting for approximately a quarter of UK carbon emissions (and road traffic accounting for 80% of that), the decarbonisation of transport is a must if 2050 targets are to be met.  A number of technologies to address this issue have been developed over the last decade, including hydrogen fuel cell systems, biofuels, biogas/biomethane and syngas, electric batteries and electric trams.  However, the food vs fuel land restrictions and emphasis on reducing organic waste have possibly steered the majority solution away from biofuels and biogas towards electric vehicles, including hydrogen fuel cells, although bioenergy can still have a significant part to play.

The electric vehicles themselves have developed apace and a combination of some cutting edge new cars and the car majors all rolling out their new electric and hybrid vehicles means that the consumer has a wide range of vehicles to consider already, with plenty more coming through.

What is interesting is the other side of the “chicken and egg” paradigm, namely the infrastructure that supports these vehicles.  This covers a range of different technologies, solutions and business models, including

  • Battery charging technology advancement, such as fast battery charging
  • Battery development
  • In-journey battery exchange clubs
  • Smart battery charging, merchant charging systems and vehicle-to-grid systems
  • System integration and interoperability
  • Off grid renewable energy charging
  • Hydrogen fuel cells
  • Hydrogen refilling stations
  • Electric trams
  • Battery-driven trains
  • Hub and spoke logistics recharging networks

The road to decarbonisation has been bumpy, with experiences in London illustrating some of the first-mover problems, with more than half of the electric car recharging stations out of service, caused by there being 6 different technologies, a range of different ownership structures and unclear maintenance responsibility.  The hydrogen refuelling network has still to reach a critical mass and the cost of electric vehicles for the consumer means that the take-up has not reached the mass market yet.

However, this is all on the cusp of changing for the better.  This event will look at the main drivers for this change, the hurdles that are still to be overcome and the likely way forward over the next 5, 10 and 25 years.


5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – Matt Bonass, Bird & Bird

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm An Overview of Electric Vehicles Infrastructure today –   Darran Messem, Carbon Trust & Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.  His presentation is HERE

6.40pm Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Revolution –  Keith Budden, Head of Business Development, Cenex.  His presentation is HERE

7.00pm Technology Developments – Denis Naberezhnykh, Head Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles, TRL.  His presentation is HERE

7.20pm Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

 Martin Hale, EV Charging Infrastructure ABB Ltd

 Andrew Lee, Principal Consultant Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan

Scott Snaith, Director 50cycles Ltd


Who should attend?

This briefing is relevant for anyone who is interested or involved in any aspect of transport. In particular, attendees will be electric vehicle manufacturers; battery and charging technology developers and deployers; hydrogen fuel specialists; smart grid participants; electricity network technology and maintenance suppliers; financiers; investors; town and transport network planners; consultants; advisers; analysts; media; intermediaries; other supply chain participants or UK transport sector and industry followers.


To register for this event click HERE


Martin Hale – ABB

Martin  heads up Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in UK and Ireland for ABB, a world leader in DC charging solutions. Since opening Europe’s first fast charging station in 2010, ABB has installed thousands of communication connected stations across the world, capable of charging EVs in under 30 minutes. ABB is also a trusted supplier to vehicle OEMs helping them develop the next generation of electrically powered cars and buses.  Prior to his current position, Martin also gained experience from the EV Charging operators’ perspective. He has also helped developed new technology markets for other organisations such as BT, Canon, Car Phone Warehouse, eOn, IBM, ICI, Sandoz and Toyota.

Darran Messem – Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Darran Messem is International Director for the Carbon Trust and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Certification, and has worked for the Carbon Trust since 2010.  In an unpaid capacity he is also Chairman of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, a public-private membership and working group sponsored by the Department for Transport, where he has served as a Board Director since 2005. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust Darran was Vice President Fuel Development for Royal Dutch Shell, and held a variety of roles in Shell in the UK and internationally, including responsibilities for fuel sales to transport fleets and fuel development with motor manufacturers.  Darran joined Shell from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in Economic Geography and subsequently undertook a post-graduate diploma in marketing.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a member of the Hounslow & District Wheelers and Berkshire Triathlon Squad.

Denis Naberezhnykh – Head of ITS and Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Technology, Sustainable Mobility Group, TRL

Denis joined TRL in 2008 and was appointed to Head of ITS and Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Technology in 2014. He has extensive experience in ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) technology and over the past seven years has led a variety of national and international research and consultancy projects in areas including electric vehicles (EVs), charging infrastructure and wireless power transfer.  Notable areas of Denis’ work include research into EV adoption and related modelling, the distribution of charging infrastructure and the costs and benefits of ULEVs in fleets. Most recently, Denis worked with Highways England to assess the feasibility of implementing dynamic wireless power transfer technology on England’s strategic road network. He is also the technical lead for the London monitoring and evaluation activities in the European project ZeEUS, a project co-funded by the European Commission to assess the feasibility of using electric buses in European cities and assessment of different charging technologies to support their operations. As part of the project, wirelessly charged electric buses will be trialled in London.  Before joining TRL, Denis studied physics and particle physics at the Royal Holloway University of London, graduating with first class degree in 2008. He is based at TRL’s head office in Wokingham, Berkshire.

Andrew Lee – Principal Consultant Automotive & Transport, Frost & Sullivan

Andrew has over 12 years of industry and consulting experience in the automotive sector, including product and brand development, market research and growth strategy development. Specific expertise in: Qualitative & quantitative data capture; Data analysis, market modelling & forecasting; External risk assessment & benchmarking; Diversification & new market entry; Innovation, product  & brand development; IPO due diligence & business modelling.  He has a strong technical background having worked as a project manager for three years for a tier 1 telematics and electronics supplier, six years specialist knowledge in Electric Vehicle market development for production, specialist and motor racing vehicles. Experience includes the development of technology enablers, supporting infrastructures, policies and regulations and expertise in vehicle connectivity relating to new technologies and standards, including V2X, Big Data, IoT, autonomous vehicles and Cyber Security.

Keith Budden

Keith works as Head of Business Development for, Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. Cenex is an independent ‘not-for-profit’ company, established by the UK Government in 2005.  Cenex is recognised as the leading EU independent expert in understanding the strategic drivers for, and the economic and environmental benefits arising from, the transition to low carbon vehicles and fuels. Cenex specialises in commercialisation of low carbon vehicle and infrastructure technologies.   Cenex currently manages the Plugged in Midland’s electric vehicle charging network on behalf of the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.  Before joining Cenex he spent three years working for E.ON leading on the development of their sustainable cities programm in the South of the UK.  He also served as Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Energy group and Chair of the Low Carbon Working Group for Birmingham Science City.   Prior to working for E.ON Keith spent 7 years at Birmingham City Council leading on City wide programmes which included developing Birmingham Energy Savers and large scale renewable energy projects.  Keith has over twenty years’ experience in environmental and low carbon policy, programme development and delivery. He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 in recognition of his work in tackling climate change and in 2010 he was named as one of the West Midlands Green Leaders.