University of Hertfordshire

Dr Keith Bevis BSc(Eng), ACGI, MSc, EngD, MIET, FHEA

Keith Bevis

Dr Keith Bevis BSc(Eng), ACGI, MSc, EngD, MIET, FHEA

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

As a Business Fellow, I work with the Transport Systems Catapult helping to build closer ties between the University’s academic departments, particularly the Smart Mobility Research Unit and the wider transport Industry. The ‘Business Fellow Network for Intelligent Mobility’ is a network of experts funded by the TSC and based in academic institutions with strong records in transport research and innovation. The aim is to bring outputs closer to commercialisation and enable academics to increase their industry engagement, entrepreneurship and research impact to support universities to achieve their Knowledge Exchange Framework targets. (To find out more about the programme and other TSC academic activities visit ts.catapult.org.uk/academic)

From 2011 to 2017, I was the Managing Director of EValu8 Transport Innovations Limited, a company wholly owned by the University of Hertfordshire, set up to lead the EValu8 “Plugged in Places” project. The project has combined the initial build up of the infrastructure for electric vehicles across the 7,500 square miles of the East of England together with the promotion of electric transport to the public and developing the innovation potential for companies in the region. We launched the Source East Network for EV drivers to access recharging points. I have worked closely with colleagues in the University to find further innovation opportunities.

Previously my work as Commercial Manager within the School of Engineering and Technology, my work centred on interactions with commercial enterprises: connecting them with the University’s engineering expertise and personally focusing on their skills and innovation needs.

Networks set up under the Government scheme were all “free at point of use” as an incentive to build driver confidence in electric vehicles. After five years of operation it was time along with others across the UK to move on to a commercial basis of operation.  Source East closed at end of March 2017. Project activity remained within the School.

I sit on the Automotive Industry Advisory Panel for the School of Engineering and Technology. Until 2011 I was on the Engineering Advisory Group for Shaping Norfolk's Future at the Hethel Engineering Centre, HEC, in Norfolk, and on the East of England's Regional Advisory Group for the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing.

I have been a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Haringey Enfield and North London and was vice chair of its Standards Committee.

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