The role of SAWCAP is to provide advice to the Board and management of Transense in support of the development of commercial strategy

Role & purpose

The role of SAWCAP is to provide advice to the Board and management of Transense in support of the development of commercial strategy, the implementation of sales and marketing activities to promote revenue growth, and to forge strategic alliances that enhance long term shareholder value.

Members of SAWCAP

The members of SAWCAP bring together the collective experiences of successful design, innovation and commercialisation of products across a wide range of technologies and end markets, in addition to thought leadership and strategic direction. Its membership includes:

Ryan Maughan

Ryan is an award-winning engineer and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in the High-Performance, Heavy-Duty and Off-Highway Automotive markets. Prominent in the development of Power Electronics, Electric Motors and Drives (PEMD) for these demanding applications, he has successfully founded, scaled and exited three businesses in the electric vehicle space. He is currently CEO of eTech49 Limited, an advisory business specialising in disruptive hardware technology in PEMD. In addition, he is Chairman of EV North, an industry group representing the booming EV industry in the north of England, a board member of the North East LEP and an advisor to a number of corporations.

Prof Dr-Ing Karl Viktor Schaller

Viktor is currently an Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Munich and Managing Director of kvs consulting. Previously, Dr. Schaller was the Executive Vice President Engineering of motorcycles with BMW AG from April 2014 to July 2019 and Technical Director of the Engineering Heavy Trucks at MAN Truck and Bus SE until 2006. Dr. Schaller then served as a Board Member at MAN and was responsible for product development, purchasing and planning. During his tenure at MAN from 1990 to 2009, he headed various departments including those responsible for development of alternative drive systems (batteries, various hybrids, natural gas, hydrogen in ICE and fuel cells) and heavy trucks.

Ian Penny

Ian has 30 years’ experience in engine engineering, propulsion systems and applications. He is currently an Independent consultant, formerly at Ricardo where he was Global Product Group Director, Engines and previously MD, Engine Business Unit where he led all aspects covering passenger car, light and heavy commercial and off road vehicles.

Matthew Richards

Matthew is Managing Director of Steatite, the manufacturing division of Solid State plc. Matthew has over 30 years’ experience in defence electronics, including previously as MD of API Technologies Corporation; an RF & Security solutions business.

Dr. Alan Lowdon

Alan has over 30 years’ experience in international energy and utilities with senior roles including Rolls Royce Industrial Power, British Gas & Shell, and as Director of Technology & Innovation at the UK National Renewable Energy Centre. He currently has several interests including Professor in Practice at Durham University Energy Institute, Director of Strategic Development at the National Offshore Wind Institute, New Bedord, Massachusetts , and advisory roles at the US Dept of Energy, Suez,National Renewable Energy Laboratory & Innovate UK.

Dave Shemmans

Dave holds a BSc/BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The University of Manchester and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development (PMD) at Harvard Business School. He recently stepped down after sixteen years as Group CEO at Ricardo plc, the global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy and scarce resources sectors. At Ricardo he has overseen the successful conversion and delivery of world leading innovative programmes, from supercar powertrain to military vehicles, and set out a strategic vision to provide sustainable energy, environmental and mobility solutions. In addition, he is a Non-Executive director at ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corporation, a US listed electric vehicle business, and at Sutton And East Surrey Water plc.

Other associates

In addition, the Panel has the benefit of regular input from associates and consultants whose expertise covers other target market sectors, including automotive engineering in conventional and electric/hybrid, rail and marine.