Senior automotive figure to speak at Insider event | Midlands Business News

Senior automotive figure to speak at Insider event

Dr Andy Palmer

One of the most respected British figures in the automotive sector is to speak at an Insider event.

Dr Andy Palmer, the former chief executive of Aston Martin and ex-chief operating officer of Nissan, will make a keynote speech at the Sustainable Business Conference.

The morning-long event takes place on 5 July at Village Hotel, Solihull and will feature 13 other speakers from the transport, energy and property sectors.

Palmer was responsible for launching the Nissan Leaf, the world’s first mass-market electric car. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the automotive sector, joining Switch Mobility, the £1.4bn electric bus maker, in 2021.

He will speak about the opportunities and challenges of the electrification of transport, with the government to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

Sustainability has never been so high on businesses’ agenda, with the energy crisis and the COP26 conference focusing minds on the need for alternative forms of power.

Insider’s second annual Sustainable Business Conference will highlight the leading role the Midlands is playing in propelling the globe into a cleaner future.

The conference will include a second speech by Ashley Oates, head of environment and sustainability at Balfour Beatty Power, which is creating the infrastructure to handle the increased electricity capacity needed to meet government carbon reduction targets.

Other speakers are David Watson, head of energy transition at Cadent Gas; Jeff House, head of external affairs at Baxi Heating; Tom Redfern, senior sustainability specialist at Aggregate Industries; Andrew Swain, group sustainability manager at IM Properties and Buta Atwal, chief executive of hydrogen bus manufacturer Wrightbus.

To register for this event, and for more information about it, click here.


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