Two leading transport and energy specialists have joined the EVA England Board to provide expert knowledge and strengthen its campaigning work.
Dr Victoria Edmonds, Senior Transport and Decarbonisation Policy Adviser and former head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, and Dhara Vyas, Deputy CEO of Energy UK, have been appointed to the Board of Directors of EVA England.
Edmonds has been working on net zero and transport decarbonisation policy for nearly 20 years. across a variety of policy roles. In 2018, as Joint Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (now OZEV), she led a policy and delivery team accelerating the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure rollout, and also led on the Government’s then-decision to end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK by 2030.
As Senior Policy Adviser at Energy Systems Catapult, she developed the body’s strategy for integrating decarbonisation of the energy and transport systems. Edmonds returned to Government in 2022 to co-lead the Low Carbon Fuels team working to tackle aviation emissions.
Vyas joined Energy UK as their Deputy Chief Executive in November 2022 and is an expert in energy consumer issues and the energy transition. Prior to Energy UK, she led work on net zero, the future energy system and decarbonisation at Citizens Advice.
Dr Vicky Edmonds stated: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of EVA England. It gives me the unique opportunity to bring my knowledge of EV and wider decarbonisation policy together with my experience as an EV driver and support the organisation as it works towards a future where driving an electric car is the best choice for everyone.”
Vyas said: “I’ve been driving an EV since 2020, and am keen to draw on both my personal experiences and the insight from my day job as a Board member for EVA England. Having worked to improve the energy and charging advice, information and support available to electric vehicle drivers, I know that there has been significant progress. However, it’s important to continue to improve the driver/customer experience, and I’m glad to have this opportunity to do so.”
James Court, CEO of EVA England, said: “I feel extremely fortunate to have two new directors of such calibre join the board. Both obviously have a wealth of experience, but also a passion for change that shines through in their professional careers.
“As an organisation, we are always growing, and the addition of two people so well steeped in policy will help us drive forward our campaign work representing EV drivers.”
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