Operations Team

Emerald Automotive is backed-up by an experienced team of automotive professionals with extensive niche vehicle market experience. The team retains extensive global knowledge of automotive design, manufacturing systems and final vehicle production and has been responsible for bringing 19 different vehicles to market over the past two decades.

Jim Hadden, Operations Director

Jim HaddenJim has held a series of project management and business leadership roles in the automotive and construction industries in a career spanning over 25 years.

Most recently, he was Regional Director for an international construction and programme management company based in London.

Previously Jim was head of Arup’s automotive practice in the USA, based in Detroit, before transferring to Los Angeles where he led Arup’s multi-disciplinary industrial consulting practice for 2 years.

Jim also worked with Andy Tempest as Programmes Director at Hawtal Whiting, overseeing development activities for several vehicles, principally for Ford, Land Rover, Bentley, Daewoo and Mazda.

David Lake, Chief Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Assembly

David LakeDavid has over 35 years of experience working in the automotive industry. Originally working for Land Rover, he subsequently held roles with Jaguar Cars, LDV and TWR. Prior to joining Emerald in 2015, David had worked for Lotus Engineering for over 10 years, working on both Lotus and 3rd party vehicle programmes, involved with the delivery of the Opel Speedster, Aston Martin Vanquish and Lotus Evora.

Glyn Owen, Manufacturing Director

Ian CollinsGlyn has an extensive background in manufacturing engineering, supply chain management and quality systems and processes. He introduced CIP and Kaizen practices to Lotus during the 1990s to deliver quality improvements while reducing assembly times. More recently, he has developed manufacturing operations strategies for both Tesla and Think Automotive, whilst gaining specialist expertise in the manufacture of advanced hybrid and electric vehicles. Glyn was contracted by Fisker Automotive to oversee the resolution of production issues at their plant in Finland. Most recently he has worked with Emerald on the TX5 project to realise and implement a coherent manufacturing strategy using low investment and effective assembly techniques.

Tom Savory, Quality Director

Chris HiettTom has nearly 20 years of direct experience of Automotive OEMs, focusing on roles specifically associated with Quality Assurance and more recently Manufacturing / Facility Operations. Most recently he was responsible for the initial design and development of the Tesla European Assembly Centre in the Netherlands, overseeing the assembly of the European Model S. Before that, Tom oversaw the final 2 years of production for the Tesla Roadster as Operations Director in the UK.

Prior to working with Tesla, he held various Quality Assurance positions at Lotus, including Quality Management System implementation across multiple sites, facilitation of various cost down programmes, vehicle warranty reduction, and manufacturing quality improvements.

Peter Servant, Supply Chain Director

Peter ServantPeter has a career spanning over 25 years in the Automotive, Power Generation and Aerospace Industries. During this time, he has managed key Quality Management and Supply Chain projects at the Electricity Supply Commission (South Africa), Smiths Manufacturing and Magna. More recently introducing Quality Management Systems and Low Cost Country Sourcing at Lotus and developing Supplier Management Strategies at Marshall Aerospace.

John Walker, Strategic Procurement and Supply Director

John WalkerJohn started his career as a Student Engineer in Production Engineering Vehicle Assembly in Coventry before diverting into a Procurement role with Massey Ferguson from which a vocation of some 30 years has ensued. John has held Senior Roles with Group Lotus, delivering the Lotus Carlton for GM and the venerable Lotus Elise whilst managing many other procurement activities for vehicles like the Aston Martin Vanquish, Honda Aerodeck, Chrysler Turbo 3, Lotus Olympic-winning Bicycle and many others that are not in the public domain.

More latterly, John was Procurement Director for Leyland DAF Maxus programme, and Procurement Director for Siemens Energy where he reduced costs by 21% on mainstream Gen sets by implementing Automotive ‘Best practice’ like cross-functional teams, early supplier engagement and Target Cost modelling. Whilst with Siemens he set up Supply Chain operations in China, USA and UAE to complete a Global supply base for Energy Oil and Gas before accepting a post in Dubai.

John joined Emerald in 2015 and continues to develop the best practice methodologies for Geely and LTC in Global Supply chain optimisation.