Robin has 35 years international engineering and management experience across various industries including offshore, medical and automotive. This includes extensive project and engineering management experience within highly regulated markets and led to substantial M&A experience. Robin’s automotive experience includes projects with Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus and McLaren. Previously CTO and President of Smith Electric Vehicles, he was responsible for technology development and establishing production and after sales capabilities. He also led a technical team in a JV between Five Dragons (FDG) Group and Smith to develop and introduce a purpose built Commercial Electric Van for the Chinese, USA and EU markets – V8100 Chanje. Robin was a member of the Smith Electric Vehicle IPO team.
A long-standing interest in education and skill development has lead Robin to the Chairmanship of Gateshead College where he has transformed the performance of the college over the past 6 years to become the top performing college in the UK.
Michael Black has 30 years’ experience as a finance professional in the automotive, pharmaceuticals, on-line services and materials science industries. For most of that time he has worked for growth stage technology companies and has been involved in business strategy and planning, private and public market fund raising, a Nasdaq IPO and several M & A transactions.
He gained his degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge and began his career financing sales of commercial vehicles to Africa and South America with Leyland DAF and studying for his Chartered Management Accountancy qualification. Then, after 10 years in the pharmaceuticals industry, he joined Cambridge Display Technology where he ultimately became Chief Financial Officer. After the successful exit of CDT, he became CFO of first AlertMe.com, an internet-of-things company which was ultimately sold to British Gas and then Nexeon Limited, a developer of silicon anode materials for lithium ion batteries.
Alan Malby CEng MSc
Executive Chief Engineer
Alan Malby has 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry working for vehicle manufacturers. Alan has been responsible for product release to millions of automotive platforms. Alan has over 10 years’ experience in commercial electric vehicles obtained from over 20 million electric fleet miles.
Studying Engineering with The Royal Navy, Alan has held leadership roles from the outset of his career. As Lead Engineer with Ford Motor Company he was responsible for powertrain diagnostic software release to volume programmes in Europe and China.
His global powertrain engineering responsibility at Smith Electric Vehicles Corporation, included representing the business with key international account customers, helping to deliver a world first, electric vehicle telematic system.
Richard Lidstone-Scott has more than 20 years experience in the automotive industry. With significant experience of delivering multi-million dollar engine programmes for Ford Motor Company, including the revolutionary V6 and V8 Lion diesel engines.
After working for Jaguar Land Rover on the first, stop-start Freelander programme, he moved into the tech start up arena focusing upon remote vehicle emission analysis, driver behaviour and fuel saving before joining Tevva in late 2014.
At Tevva, Richard is focussed on vehicle delivery, and stakeholder communication.
Sales & Marketing Director
David joined Tevva with broad experience in road transport, market research, market strategy and B2B sales. Himself a 5th generation transport contractor encompassing heavy long distance operations and overnight courier, he has a wealth of ground-up knowledge of the real issues facing fleet and transport managers. He has held consulting roles focused on market entry strategies, business development processes and teams and board level logistics recruitment and has an MBA from Durham.
Steven Ewers joined Tevva in April 2017 as Programme Manager, from Triumph Group, where he worked as mechanical design and project engineer. Prior to joining Tevva; Steven’s background is within the civil aerospace and defence industry, working as an engineer on Head-Up Displays (HUDs) and Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs) for Lockheed Martin F-35, Sikorsky CH-53K and Eurofighter Typhoon. Steven now provides Operational Management, encompassing strategic and detail planning, ‘compliance of production’ of builds and resource management for Tevva’s production.
Director & Founder
Asher is a former Israeli navy submarine officer who worked out that the proactive advance management of battery usage and re-charging (standard practice in submarines) was the key to overcoming the greatest barrier to the electrification of freight trucks – range anxiety.
In common with most serial entrepreneurs, Asher’s route to becoming the founder and CEO of Tevva was less than direct. Following an MBA at IMD, Switzerland, Asher’s first business interest was in EV batteries. His company EVida was heavily involved in battery swap technology as used during the Beijing Olympics. Evida secured what was, at the time, the world’s largest EV battery contract – only to see the customer company fold before the contract could be fulfilled. This was the catalyst for Asher to ‘pivot’ and move up the value chain to set about producing vehicles – but trucks rather than cars, because the truck sector was one which was entirely ignored by all the other manufacturers. Today, Tevva is beginning full commercial production, supplying some of the world’s largest truck fleets.
Head of HR and Culture
Jacqui Johnson has more than 20 years’ experience in HR, working in a variety of industries including engineering & construction.
Jacqui has held many leadership roles and has extensive knowledge and experience in recruiting, employment law, organisational planning and development, employee engagement and development.
Jacqui is a key support to the engineering, commercial and management team at Tevva in this high growth phase, and is instrumental to Tevva’s success in both talent acquisition and retention.