New key appointment for Britishvolt

A company looking to build a gigaplant in Cambois has appointed a new senior director.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 6:00 am
Dr Graham Hoare OBE will lead global operations at Britishvolt.

Britishvolt, the UK’s foremost investor in lithium-ion battery cell technologies, has appointed Dr Graham Hoare OBE as President of Global Operations.

The company is moving ahead with plans to build the gigaplant producing batteries for electic vehicles at the site in Cambois, with a planning decision due later this year.

In the newly created role, Dr Hoare will report to Britishvolt’s chief executive officer, Orral Nadjari and will be responsible for leading the global functional operations of the business and to future expansion opportunities.

An artist impression of the proposed Britishvolt site in Cambois.

Prior to joining Britishvolt, Dr Hoare was chairman of Ford of Britain and also Executive Director for Business Transformation.

He was responsible for leading the restructuring of Ford’s operations in the UK and previously held a number of other senior engineering positions at Ford in North America and the UK, plus Land Rover and the BMW Group in Germany.

Orral Nadjari, Britishvolt Founder and CEO, said: “Graham brings significant and wide-reaching industry experience to Britishvolt, further enhancing the expertise of our global leadership team.

"His career to date proves he is an outstanding automotive industry leader, with extensive engineering and business development skills, which will be invaluable to Britishvolt as our business continues to grow and gain momentum.

“We are delighted to have Graham on the team and are looking forward to working with him as we move to the next phase of our development, powering the future of electrification.”

Dr Hoare said: “Britishvolt’s mission to place itself at the forefront of battery technology is of great importance as we move, collectively, towards net-zero targets.

"It’s crucial that Britishvolt continues its impressive trajectory and delivers world-class products. Batteries will be at the very centre of the energy transition.

“I am hugely excited to join the talented Britishvolt team and look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience acquired in the automotive industry to help play a part in Britishvolt’s future success.”

Britishvolt remains on track to begin construction of its gigaplant located in Cambois later this year, with production of battery cells due to begin in Q4 2023.