James CourtJames Court

CEO, drives a Kia Niro

James joined EVA England in April 2022, becoming its first Chief Executive. 

Prior to that, James worked in the Cabinet Office leading the department’s work on the UK’s COP26 transport policy. He helped build the UK Electric Fleets Coalition (UKEFC) representing the UK’S biggest fleet owners, campaigning on the ZEV Mandate and ICE phase out dates. 

He also has years of experience working with EV charging companies and manufacturers as Director of Policy and Communications at the renewables trade body the REA, setting up the EV Members Forum and starting the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EVs. 

Sandrine Vaconnet

Marketing and Membership Manager

Sandrine joined EVA England in February 2023.

 

She has a background in applied arts and has been working in the charity sector for over 10 years.

More recently, she worked at the Climate Group, an international NGO that works with business and governments to address climate change, where she got to learn all about EVs.

She is a pastry connoisseur (having grown up in France helps!) and is an avid plant and nature lover.

Meet our Board

Our Board of Directors consists of passionate electric vehicle champions who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to EVA England.

Made up entirely of volunteers from various backgrounds and localities, they are unified by a vision to accelerate the transition to an electric England.

Warren Philips

Chair, drives a Renault ZOE and Kia e-Niro

Warren is EVA England’s Chair, as well as our EV Network and Community Lead. Warren is an IT Solutions Specialist and has over 20 years’ experience in IT, working in the finance, engineering and energy sectors.

He is a renewables and EV advocate and his home has been featured both online and in print after he eco-transformed it, going from an EPC D to an EPC A rating. He now opens his home to the public to show what can be done in the average UK house. Warren also currently co-runs the Sussex EV groups and is a founding member of EV Groups Nexus – an online network of EV drivers clubs.

Aseer Khalid

Drives a Tesla Model 3

Asser is an engineer and works in the semi-conductor industry.

He lives in Oxfordshire and has driven an EV since February 2020.

 

Dhara Vyas

Drives a Nissan Leaf

Dhara joined Energy UK as their Deputy Chief Executive in November 2022. She is an expert in energy consumer issues and the energy transition, and was named ‘Executive of the Year’ at the 2023 Trade Association Forum Awards. Prior to joining Energy UK Dhara led work on net zero, the future energy system and decarbonisation at Citizens Advice.

Dhara began her career in local government and has worked across a broad range of policy areas from civil society to community building and deliberative democracy. She has been an active member of several Government and academic advisory boards, is also on the Board of Green Alliance.

Gill Nowell

Drives a Kia e-Niro

Gill Nowell, Principal at AFRY, is widely recognised as a leading e-mobility market specialist and has dedicated years to pioneering EV-grid integration projects and data-driven innovation.

A regular speaker and panellist on EVs and the move to a low-carbon, sustainable world, Gill has been a keen advocate for the uptake of electric cars since 2012.

Personally, and professionally, she’s fuelled by the pressing need to move to cleaner forms of transport. Gill co-founded EVA England during Lockdown in 2020. Amongst her many decarbonisation projects, she also founded EVclicks, a free online EV image library for use by anyone in aid of the transition to zero emission transport.

Voted as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability in 2020, winner of the Women in Insurance Trailblazer Award 2022, and one of the GreenFleet 100 Most Influential 2024, she is also a keen runner, and a proud Mum.

Lauren Pamma

Drives a Jaguar iPace

From 2020 to 2024 Lauren led the Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Decarbonisation of Transport, which focused on developing new financial products and solutions to help accelerate the decarbonisation of transport. In June 2024 Lauren joined Aldermore Bank to establish and lead a new Renewable Energy & Infrastructure team.

Prior to joining the GFI, Lauren’s career at Lloyds Banking Group spanned 16 years and saw her hold a number of finance, strategy and commercial roles, primarily within the asset finance division. Most recently she led the electrification agenda for Lex Autolease, identifying ways to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

Lauren holds a BSc in Zoology from Liverpool University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Dr Victoria Edmonds

Drives a BMW i3 and a Polestar

Vicky is passionate about playing her part in ongoing efforts to tackle the climate crisis. She has been working on net zero and transport decarbonisation policy for nearly 20 years. Originally a zoologist, with a doctorate in animal engineering, she entered Government in 2006. She undertook a variety of policy roles including developing the first ever strategy for decarbonising UK logistics movements. At the beginning of 2018 she became joint Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (now the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles), leading a large policy and delivery team accelerating electric vehicle rollout in the UK and stimulating investment in EV charging infrastructure. She led advice on the Government’s decision to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK by 2030 and on securing the £950m Rapid Charging Fund to support that ambition. She then moved across to the Energy Systems Catapult as a senior policy adviser, developing their strategy for integrating decarbonisation of the energy and transport systems.

She returned to Government in 2022 to co-lead the Low Carbon Fuels team working to tackle aviation emissions through delivery of a mandate that will ensure all flights entering and leaving the UK use increasing amounts of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Vicky is the proud owner of two electric cars. She is the mother of two daughters and enjoys spending time with them, her husband and their new puppy. She is also a keen swimmer and triathlete.

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