Group Members

Nigel Holmes (co-chair)Nigel Holmes (co-chair)
Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

As CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association I represent members working on sustainable transport and renewable energy projects, including many universities and local authorities in Scotland. Hydrogen offers zero tail-pipe emissions, and if the hydrogen is produced using renewable energy then the CO2 emissions are also effectively zero.

I see my role on the 2020 Transport sub-Group being to help identify where and when we can deploy these technologies in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial manner, along with the necessary behavioural changes needed to deliver the 2020 targets.


Steve Johnson (co-chair)Steve Johnson (co-chair)
Environmental & CSR Manager
Lothian Buses plc

After gaining a BSc in Botany at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Durham in 2001 Steve worked as a Senior Research Associate and Undergraduate Tutor at Durham University whilst carrying out research into the biochemical factors underpinning bruising in potatoes. After a change of location in 2006 Steve returned to the bus industry (having been a bus driver during University vacations) initially as a driver with Lothian Buses before moving to the position of Scheduler in 2007, then becoming their first Environmental Manager in 2009 – a role which successfully combines his interests in the bus industry with his scientific background. From 2010 Steve has taken on the additional responsibility for managing Lothian Buses’ CSR work. The company has developed an active schools engagement programme working with children from nursery to secondary school age targeting workplace skills and helping children with special educational needs become independent travellers.

He has successfully led Lothian Buses to become the 2012 Best Green Large Company in Scotland and the 2012 VIBES Transport award winners.


Geoff ClarkeGeoff Clarke BSc (Hons) FCILT
Regional Director

Geoff is a Regional Director working for the International Freight team within AECOM, Transport and Engineering Consultants. He has extensive knowledge of the transport industry with 22 years experience in front line transport and distribution management and over 11 years in consultancy. He was responsible for introducing a range of interventions including computerised scheduling, flexible rosters, 7 day working, 24 hour operations, increases in vehicle size, warehouse staff rationalisation, driver training, night-loading which all led to better fuel economy and productivity. He planned road based deliveries across the whole of the North of England and Scotland.

Since joining AECOM, Geoff has been involved in over 200 projects including various Freight Quality Partnerships and many strategic studies that have elements of road, rail and water freight. Geoff is AECOM’s representative at the Rail Freight Group. Geoff was Technical Manager of Freight Best Practice, the DfT’s carbon behavioural change programme for six years. Geoff is his free time has been chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for the Warrington and Merseyside Group for three years and still serves on the local committee as Membership Officer. Particularly of relevance is that he is Chairman of the Environment and Sustainability Forum for the Institute which shares a common purpose with this project in encouraging better practice in operations and by doing so helping the environment.


Dave Densley
Head of Sustainable Transport

David Densley, Head of Sustainable Transport with SSE.  I am involved in sustainable transport initiatives within SSE, in particular the trials of electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support their wider scale adoption. I am also involved with the UK Hydrogen mobility platform which plans to identify the routes to a roll out of hydrogen infrastructure.  I see my role as providing technical and commercial advice on supporting EV deployment based on our experience of several projects, and in participating in further projects to support both EV and hydrogen vehicles.


Katherine FalconerKatherine Falconer
Head, Sustainable Transport Policy
Transport Scotland

Role: arms-length role, as an official from a government agency, but to facilitate

  • read-across of the group’s direction and work to Scottish Government policy
  • links to parallel initiatives in relation making the transition to low carbon transport. e.g., work by the Public Sector Climate Action Group as well as by Transport Scotland delivery bodies such as EST


Paul Nelson
Managing Director
Allied Vehicles Ltd

Paul Nelson Managing Director of Allied Vehicles Ltd in Glasgow who are manufacturers of taxis, wheelchair adapted vehicles and electric vehicles. We have particular experience of the issues surrounding the electric vehicle market and the taxi part of public transportation.


Victoria Barby
Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group

Victoria is the Director for the 2020 Climate Group, a collaboration between all sectors of Scotland’s civic society working towards achieving Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets. Victoria has mainly worked with corporates throughout her career including RBS, BAA Edinburgh Airport and Network Rail. She studied at Imperial College, London and has an MSc in Environment Technology.


Gemma RankineGemma Rankine
Contract and Commercial Governance Manager, Business Services
Scottish Power

Gemma Rankine was appointed as Contract and Commercial Governance Manager within General Services in 2010 and reports to Peter Brady, Head Of Business Services.

Responsible for the implementation and delivery of all Business Services and Facility Management Services, Fleet Management and associated maintenance contracts, in line with the Iberdrola One Corporate Centre Model.

Primarily responsible for managing the UK contracts and delivery team, which consists of 30 FTE, to ensure contractual performance is achieved at all times. Management of all commercial aspects of the contracts, to deliver in line with the agreed contractual terms, financial budgets, (of approximately £24 million) and strategic goals of both the department and the wider Iberdrola organisation.

In addition to the above, I am required to ensure that all services and contracts within my remit, are fully aligned to the Iberdrola General Services Model and Scottish Power’s business objectives, which requires a great deal of stakeholder engagement within ScottishPower and Iberdrola. Management of all performance management outcomes via Group wide KPI Reporting, (Customer, Finance, Environmental, Health and Safety, Service) ensuring the “One Corporate Centre” targets are managed and year on year improvements demonstrated.


Dr Bob McLellan
Head of Transportation & Environmental Services
Fife Council

Bob was born in Dunoon, 1961 and was brought up in Aberdeen and Ayr before studying civil engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow 1978-82 where he gained a BSc (Hons) in civil engineering In April 2011 Bob took on the role as Head of Transportation and Environmental Services with approximately 1300 staff and a budget responsibility of around £125m. In September 2001 Bob joined Fife Council as Head of Transportation Services with responsibility for 530 professional, technical and admin staff covering all areas of roads, transportation and engineering services with a budget responsibility of some £80m.  Previously in 1995 he was appointed as Director of Roads for Angus Council.

He began his career with Lothian Regional Council in Edinburgh in 1982 as a Graduate Civil Engineer and progressed to Assistant Director of Transportation, a post he held between 1993 and 1995.  Bob was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering (construction management) after part-time study between 1988-1994 again from Strathclyde University, Glasgow.


Tony JarvisTony Jarvis
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
John LambJohn Lamb
Local Air Quality Management Specialist

John joined the environmental sector after he had completed 13 years in the Royal Navy, where he served as an Aircraft Artificer, working on helicopters, Sea Harrier aircraft and gas turbine engines. He left the Royal Navy in 1993 to attend the University of Abertay Dundee. Having obtained a BSc (Honours) in Environmental Technology, John secured employment in East Lothian Council’s Environment Protection Unit in 1997 and worked on a diverse range of tasks that included: the implementation of the air quality strategy, creating the Council’s contaminated land Strategy, monitoring bathing water quality and investigating noise complaints.John joined the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in 2001. Whilst he is primarily employed as a Local Air Quality Management Specialist, (liaising very closely with the local authorities and other external partners, in relation to all matters associated with the Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), John has also regulated the activities of a large wastewater treatment plant, played a lead role in developing SEPA’s ability to monitor noise, and has co-ordinated several in-depth studies.


John CurtisJohn Curtis
Team Principal, Low Carbon Transport
That Friday Feeling
Ian MurdochIan Murdoch
Transport Manager
Energy Saving Trust

Ian is the Manager for Scottish Transport at the Energy Saving Trust (EST) with responsibility for providing support and advice to organisations to improve the efficiency of fleet operations and to create more sustainable travel. This includes delivery of Transport Scotland funded programmes. In doing so he has worked with numerous organisations providing support and advice to organisations ranging from local authorities, businesses of all sizes, schools and fleet owners and operators.Prior to joining the Energy Saving Trust Ian worked in the Scottish Government’s Scottish Energy Efficiency Office (SEEO) helping Scottish companies and other organisations gain the benefits from reduced running costs through energy efficiency and waste minimisation initiatives that his office promoted. Prior to the SEEO he worked in other Scottish Government departments dealing with a range of issues including Sustainable Development delivery, sponsorship of non-government organisations and administration of European grants for food processing.


David SpavenDavid Spaven
Scottish Representative
Rail Freight Network

David Spaven has spent his working life in and around the rail freight industry. Following 18 years as a freight marketing manager with British Rail, since 1993 he has been a rail freight consultant – currently the Principal of Deltix Transport Consulting, which was established in 2004. David has also been the Scottish representative of the Rail Freight Group since 2011. In the last two years he has written three books about railways, including Waverley Route: the life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway.


Phil MatthewsPhil Matthews
Transform Scotland

Philip Matthews has worked on climate change, transport and sustainable development issues for 20 years.

He is the Executive Co-Director of NuLeAF, the Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum, and a Partner in CAG Consultants, one of the UK’s leading climate change consultancies. He has undertaken a wide range of work on climate change and sustainability for clients including the Scottish Government, DECC, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities and other public bodies. Phil is also the Chair of Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport.

Between 2007 and 2010 he was the Sustainable Development Commission’s (SDC) Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Director in Scotland. In this role he lead a detailed annual audit of the Scottish Government’s performance on sustainable development, reporting to the First Minister; and managed a wide range of engagement, consultation and review processes, working closely with Government and other stakeholders. Phil has also worked as Secretary to the Lord Provost’s Commission on Sustainable Development for the City of Edinburgh, a think tank tasked with preparing a blueprint for Scotland’s capital, and for a range of other public, private and NGO bodies in the UK and overseas.

Originally from Aberdeen, Phil now lives in Edinburgh. He holds an Honours Degree in Geography from Edinburgh University and a Masters (with Distinction) in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.


Paul McCorkellPaul McCorkell
Regional Sales Manager

In the 15 years I have been with Enterprise, I have held a number of positions incluing Area Manager, Group Risk Manager, and now Regional Sales Manager. In my current role I spend a lot of my time partnering with both public and private sector organisations helping them travel more sustainably. My primary focus is reducing companies reliance on grey fleet or mileage reimbursement and pointing them towards more sustainable options. Enterprise is heavily involved in many aspects of environmental sustainability for example our 50 million tree pledge and our $25 million grant to the Donald Danforth Foundation for research into aleternative fuels.


Christopher McLeanChristopher McLean
Senior Executive, Low Carbon Technologies
Scottish Enterprise

Christopher is an economic development specialist with over 12 years of experience in Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise. Having previously supported the Enabling Technology and Knowledge Transfer areas Christopher now leads on the implementation of SE’s Low Carbon Technologies strategy which seeks to establish a domestic industry group able to both meet Scotland’s challenges and export worldwide into the various low carbon markets. Current areas of focus include the Water, Renewable Heat and Transport markets.


John MurrayJohn Murray
Smart Mobility Lead
Scottish Enterprise

John has been with scottish Enterprise since 2005. He is currently a Technology and Engineering Manager working on Smart Mobility, which combines Transport, Energy and ICT; and also Senior Responsible Owner, Smart Cities (Mobility) Programme.

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John PinkardJohn Pinkard
Ansons Consulting Ltd

John Pinkard draws on 20 + years of consultancy experience and has considerable expertise in behaviour change, sustainability, transport planning, climate change and business strategy.

Through Ansons Consulting John works with public, private and third-sector clients to improve their financial and environmental performance and deliver positive social and policy outcomes by identifying and delivering sustainable, low-carbon travel and transport solutions.

In 2013 John stepped out of the business to undertake an interim post with the Tasmanian Climate Change Office in Australia. Through this role he contributed towards the development and revision of a range of climate change policies and strategies, including a significant focus on emissions from transport.

John has also held a number of voluntary roles, including:

  • Leader of a series of widely acclaimed sustainable transport campaigns that were showcased by the United Nations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Commission on Sustainable Development.
  • Member of the Selection Panel assessing funding bids for the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.
  • Chair and Vice-Chair of the board of sustainable transport charity Transform Scotland.
  • Judge for the UK Green Business Awards.


David GrantDavid Grant
MSc Carbon Management
University of Edinburgh

As a Carbon Masters student I have specific interest in the areas of transport and energy emissions mitigation. My previous undergraduate degree was Accountancy and Economic History where I focused on British, French and US energy policy since 1945.

My role within the subgroup as a volunteer is to take minutes. Within this role I am able to gain a wider perspective and knowledge on transport for a potential future career within the sector.


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