‘I joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Technical Specialist in Advanced Battery Engineering. It was key for me to build a diverse team who were dedicated and empowered to influence the company to be at the forefront of electrification. It was a big change stepping into a critical role but satisfied my personal purpose of having the opportunity to influence and make changes that affect the future and to be able to leave a positive impact on society.
My team is constantly expanding, encompassing a range of skillsets and experiences required to work in sync. It combines subject matter experts, specialising in techniques required for future technology. I have been given the chance to evolve and define my role and I have really grown into it. I am incredibly proud of what my team have accomplished so far and excited to see what we can achieve in the future.’
I am involved in all stages of the electrification projects, from cradle to grave. This involves influencing the electrification strategy, investigating battery cell scopes, to seeing the battery packs go into vehicles and assessing their end-of-life options. From a cell perspective I delivered the launch of the I-Pace whilst simultaneously working on next generation projects looking into 2030 possibilities. We translate scientific breakthroughs into commercial reality, generation of IP and train the future workforce. The focus is on emerging battery technology, to be truly innovative we need to focus on all areas not just automotive and create a path for the next wave of ecosystem opportunities.
The technology enabling Electric Vehicles to replace the ICE vehicles will have a positive impact on the environment. However, I think it is crucial that we look at the holistic picture of achieving net zero; zero emissions, being as sustainable as possible and leaving only a positive impact. Additionally, to breakdown ideals – and for luxury products to be associated with being green and environmentally friendly. Luxury should attest “green” as standard. The future landscape in the UK energy storage sector is about to change dramatically, in part due to the battery supply chain being developed here, we need the best technology here and now.
I am passionate about leaving an environmental and technical impact. Cutting edge technology should be associated with being green, luxury should be innocuous. Living an environmentally friendly, sustainable life should not mean simple.
It is important to me that my leadership empowers my team to be the best they can be their individual development progresses us as a team and a company. I believe diversity and inclusion are key factors for the success of a company. They allow the creation of a dynamic and innovative environment where people from all backgrounds feel comfortable and included and where all can realise their full potential, generating new ideas. This ultimately provides a competitive advantage.