Technical Team

Emerald has assembled an experienced management team in conjunction with automotive industry sub-contractors with extensive niche vehicle market experience. The team retains extensive global knowledge of automotive design, manufacturing systems and final vehicle production. The management team has been responsible for bringing 19 different vehicles to market over the past two decades.

Ian Collins, Technical Director

Ian CollinsIan is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in delivery of automotive systems to volume production. Following a ten-year period in electronics development at Rover Group, he joined McLaren Automotive where he was appointed chief electrical engineer on the Mercedes SLR supercar programme. In 2007 he took up a position as project director at a start-up developing an innovative renewable energy product, bringing it to full production readiness. Ian joined Emerald in 2011.

Alan Clark, Head of Engineering LCV

Alan ClarkAlan is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the design and development of vehicles across the automotive and mobile construction equipment sectors. His career experience covers engineering leadership of new product introduction, engineering line management and product portfolio management. Alan started his career at Komatsu gaining valuable experience in new product development and played a lead role in the introduction of a new range of wheeled excavators for the European market. He subsequently joined Terex taking the position of Head of Engineering for the company’s Off-Highway Trucks business. Latterly, Alan worked for Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), firstly as Head of New Product Development and subsequently as Programmes Director. He led the definition and successful introduction of ADL’s new range of market-leading single and double deck buses. He also headed up definition and deployment of ADL’s extensive technology programme comprising innovations in series & parallel hybrid powertrain, range-extended EV and wireless opportunity charging.

Ian Clifton, Chief Engineer, 3.5t Platform

Ian has worked in the automotive product development sector for over 30 years. He has held several engineering leadership and business development roles at the senior management and board levels. In his early career Ian was part of design teams working across the globe with major OEMs. His projects have included GM passenger vehicles for North America, Ford Ikon for India, Ford Connect and Transit projects, as well as several specialist lightweight bespoke vehicles for European and Asia-Pacific markets. Managing his own Engineering Services Company for ten years from the mid-2000s, Ian then joined Emerald as Chief Programme Engineer and is now supporting the development of Emerald's Hybrid Lightweight Light Commercial Vehicles.

Kevin Elgood, Chief Engineer Body Exterior

Kevin ElgoodKevin has over 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. This includes positions held with Lotus Engineering UK as Head of Vehicle Design, Lotus Engineering Malaysia as CEO, TRW Asia Pacific as Engineering Director, Ricardo UK as Chief Engineer – Vehicle Engineering and General Motors NAO as Design Group Manager – Body. Vehicle projects include the Aston Martin Vanquish, Opel Speedster, Lotus Elise/derivatives, Honda Civic Aerodeck, numerous lightweight projects for high performance and premium vehicles. Other major projects delivered were the set up/running of two Technology Centres, one for TRW based in Shanghai, China, covering all Active and Passive safety systems design and development for the Asia Pacific region, and the other for Lotus Engineering based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, covering Body and Chassis design and development.

Stuart Gale, Senior IT Manager

Stuart GaleStuart has 20 years IT experience working mainly in start-ups and high tech sectors. Stuart joined Emerald in July 2015 to lead the IT function across all its locations in the UK, bringing his extensive knowledge of IT strategy in high growth organisations. Prior to joining Emerald, he worked as the Head of IT for Intelligent Energy where he was he was responsible for global IT and Facilities. Stuart values technological innovation and is well versed in the benefits this can bring to any business.

Jonathan Gould, Chief Stylist

Jonathan GouldJonathan has worked in the automotive consultancy sector for over 20 years, having started his career with Hawtal Whiting. During this time, he has supplied many creative designs to the world’s automotive manufacturers. During the 90s this included the design, build and test of bespoke Bentleys and the Rolls Royce Corniche. From 2001-2007 he was responsible for the design team within Ove Arup & partners, during which time he was the design consultant for the Modec EV project. In 2007 he launched That’s it! Design, supplying 2d & 3d OEM standard design solutions to the automotive industry with an emphasis on the niche vehicle market. Jonathan's experience in design is complimented by an understanding and appreciation for the engineering/manufacturing process and the challenges to bring a product to market.

Tim Kearney, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integration

Tim KearneyTim is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He has worked on both high volume and niche vehicle products. From 2005 to 2010 Tim worked on the ground-breaking Tesla Roadster as Chief Engineer Chassis & Vehicle Package. In addition, Tim has worked on numerous vehicle programmes for Lotus Engineering, Aston Martin, Ford and Austin Rover. Tim joined Emerald in September 2014.

Ross Kelk, Chief Engineer Interior

Ross KelkBefore joining Emerald Automotive Design as Chief Engineer of Body Interiors in October 2017, Ross spent the previous decade working for a Global 1st Tier Interior Automotive supplier, IAC Group (International Automotive Components). Ross joined IAC group after graduating from Loughborough University and has since successfully delivered several complex programmes for prestigious OEMs including Jaguar Land Rover. Specialising in premium Cockpit & Centre console systems, Ross has experience in successfully managing the Design, Engineering & Manufacture of large scale ‘Full Service Design’ projects across multiple countries, including most recently JLR’s Land Rover Discovery Sport & Jaguar E-Pace.

Chris McCoy, Chief Engineer Chassis

Chris McCoyA Chartered Engineer with 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Chris’s career focus has been the delivery of class leading chassis systems and vehicle dynamics. He delivered several chassis design projects for Rover before moving into vehicle dynamics control system design and development in 1995. He specialised in this area, delivering vehicle projects and advanced engineering research for Rover, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and TATA over the following years. Chris became Head of Chassis and Dynamics group in the TATA Motors European Technical Centre in 2010, where he led the delivery of chassis concepts and vehicle dynamics for new vehicle and advanced engineering projects. This has included low carbon vehicle technology projects for regenerative braking and dynamics as well as several vehicle projects for electric and combustion engine powered passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Chris joined Emerald in February 2016.

Steve Porter, Head of Engineering TX

Steve PorterSteve joined LTI Carbodies in 1990 as a technical apprentice. 27 years on, he has spent his entire career in the automotive industry having worked in Body Systems, Body Closures and Exterior Trim, progressing within the last ten years into specialising in Interior Systems. Steve has worked in both OEM and Supplier roles and is experienced in the fields of Manufacturing, Tooling and Commercial as well as Design, Engineering and Project Management. Prior to EAD, Steve worked at IAC Group (International Automotive Components) where, as Interior Trim Chief Engineer, he enjoyed delivering many successful ‘Full Service’ programmes to JLR including Range Rover L405, Range Rover Sport L494 and Discovery L462. Steve joined Emerald Automotive Design as Interior Systems Chief Engineer in May 2016 and was subsequently appointed as Head of Engineering, TX in October 2017.

Richie Sibal, Chief Engineer, Electrical

Ian CollinsRichie is an electronics engineering graduate with an MBA from the University of Surrey. He joined McLaren in 1996 as a senior systems engineer and has worked on several cutting-edge development programmes ranging from Formula 1 and Le Mans winning sports cars to the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. In 2005, Richie was appointed Electrical Function Group Manager and successfully led the engineering development and delivery of the electrical and wiring systems for the McLaren MP4-12C and P1 road cars through the complete lifecycle from initial concept through to launch. In 2013, Richie joined Delphi as Customer Electronics Manager (Volkswagen) where he was responsible for the engineering development and delivery of engine control systems for the next generation of VW Group diesel engines. Richie joined Emerald in June 2014.

Chris Staunton, Chief Engineer Body Structures

Ian CollinsChris joined Toyota in the UK as part of the graduate programme in 1996. In his 8 years at Toyota, Chris worked as a quality engineer on both series and pre-production programmes, which included extensive time in Japan. In 2004 Chris joined McLaren Automotive at the launch of SLR. In 2010 Chris was appointed Function Group Manager Body Panels and Closures, and successfully led the engineering development and delivery of several top hats including MP4-12C and 12C Spider. Chris led the Body Panels and Closures team from concept through to series production on the 650S and 570S programmes. Chris joined Emerald in 2015 and is leading the team in the creation of vehicles using advanced lightweight materials and joining processes.

Steve Swift, Chief Engineer Vehicle Development

Steve SwiftSteve has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years and brings extensive knowledge of vehicle development and vehicle dynamics with experience covering a range of sectors from heavy commercial vehicles, passenger and sports cars to motorsport and tier 1. A Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, he was at Lotus engineering for 18 years, latterly as Chief Chassis Engineer and Head of Vehicle Engineering. For the six years prior to joining Emerald he was the Engineering Director at the European Technical Centre of Multimatic, an engineering services business and tier 1 supplier.

David Taitt, Chief Engineer, Powertrain

David TaittDavid is a powertrain and hybrid drivetrain expert with over 30 years of experience in automotive research and development. As Managing Director of Lotus Engineering, David was responsible for securing and delivering major high-volume powertrain engineering programmes for the world’s largest automakers and is regarded as one of the global experts in low volume alternative power vehicles.

Jon Woodmore, Head of Engineering 3.5t Platform

Jon WoodmoreJon has nearly 20 years of experience as an Engineer in the automotive industry, predominantly with global tier 1 suppliers. Having initially spent the first 6 years based in the UK, working on projects in Germany, Hungary and the US, Jon subsequently spent 7 years in Asia and 4 years in the US. Over the years, Jon has led the pursuit, win, delivery and launch of projects with Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Hyundai/Kia and Tesla, and led development projects with Lincoln, Holden, VW, Aston Martin, Porsche, Audi and Nissan. Separately, Jon has Programme Manager experience leading advanced powertrain development for Visteon and Account Management experience to Ford Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Emerald, Jon was Director of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for Hanon Systems, covering ten sites across the Americas.