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LowCVP appoints new technical and programme director

James McGeachie has joined the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) as technical and programme director.

James McGeachie, technical and programme director at the LowCVP

McGeachie will lead on the delivery of the LowCVP annual work programme as well as taking technical responsibility for the Partnership’s projects and outputs.

He is a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the automotive and related industries. In addition to a first-class BEng degree in electrical and electronic engineering, McGeachie holds an MSc in engineering and manufacturing management.

McGeachie started off his career as an engineering graduate with British Steel and has always been directly involved in the development of electric and hybrid vehicle technology, from academic case studies whilst at university through to programmes such as the Ford PHEV Transit demonstrator fleet.

He was most recently director of engineering at Prodrive and was responsible for engineering content and delivery within the company’s Advanced Technology business. I

McGeachie also spent 10 years at Jaguar Land Rover, taking the lead on the delivery of electrical systems into production vehicle platforms.

He has regularly contributed to articles on automotive issues and presents at industry events and seminars. He also retains membership of the Midland Aerospace Alliance (MAA) Technology Development Group.

Commenting on McGeachie’s appointment, LowCVP’s managing director, Andy Eastlake, said: “His experience and knowledge of the sector should help him to hit the ground running and will help to bring focus and extra technical rigour to the Partnership’s activities and outputs at a critical time for this agenda. Increasing our links and contacts in the automotive and wider industries such as motorsport and aerospace highlights how diverse this agenda is and emphasises how the LowCVP’s collaborative approach is needed on the Road to Zero.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.