Management Team

David Woolhouse was appointed Intelligent Energy's Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. 

David has extensive experience in leading businesses in different engineering and manufacturing sectors, including electrical distribution and rail. He has set up and led multi-site operations in the UK, Middle East and China and has experience in successfully growing complex engineering concerns with over 1000 employees.

David holds an MA (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. He also has an MBA from Warwick University Business School. 

Alistair Ball is Chief Financial Officer at Intelligent Energy and a member of the management team. Previous roles at the company include; Acting CEO, Operations Director and Commercial Finance Director. Prior to joining Intelligent Energy Alistair held financial positions at National Grid, Nissan, Infinis and Rolls-Royce.  

He has a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr Chris Dudfield is the Chief Technology Officer and a member of the management team at Intelligent Energy, where he has worked since the launch of the business in 2001. During his time at the company Chris has held several positions including R&D Director, Director of Operations and Director of Programmes. Chris has worked continuously in the field of fuel cell technology since 1990, covering experience in fuel cell stack, fuel processing and fuel cell systems technology. He has extensive knowledge and expertise of fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies including applications across stationary power, motive and portable power markets.

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist professional status.

Martin Schaefer was appointed as Intelligent Energy’s Operations Director in July 2019. 

Martin has held leadership roles in Operations Management for over 15 years in the Marine and Automotive sectors.  Prior to this, Martin spent 10 years in Manufacturing Engineering management in a Tier 1 Automotive environment.  Martin has previously held roles at Guidance Marine, Gibbs Technologies and NSK Steering Systems.

Martin holds a first class honours Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and an MBA in Manufacturing Management, both gained at Coventry University. 

Katie Russell is the Commercial Operations & Business Development Director and a member of the management team at Intelligent Energy. Katie has worked for the business since April 2010, during this time Katie has also held the roles of Marketing Director, Corporate Communications Director and Customer Experience Director. Katie is responsible for the end to end commercial operations, including business development, customer experience and marketing.

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Communications across several sectors including, business telecommunications, financial services and energy.  Katie is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM).

Dennis Hayter is the Auto Sales Director (Interim) and Head of External Affairs for Intelligent Energy. Dennis was involved with the founding of Intelligent Energy and has had a long-term involvement with the business covering customer facing activities and consortium development for Intelligent Energy’s auto, aero and stationary power applications.

 Dennis is an Economist by profession and had previously been Transport Technologies Practice Leader at Booz Allen & Hamilton and a Partner with Roland Berger & Partners Strategy Consultants.

 On behalf of IE Dennis is Chair of the UK H2Mobility grouping; a Director of the USA Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and Chair of Hydrogen London.

Lauren Gurney is the HR Director at Intelligent Energy and a member of the management team.  She has worked for the business since April 2012. During her time at Intelligent Energy, Lauren has also held the roles of HR Business Partner and Head of Engagement & Reward.  Leading the HR function, Lauren is responsible for delivery of the Company’s People Strategy, including employee engagement, learning & development, reward & benefits, internal communications and recruitment.

Lauren has 20 years’ experience in the field of HR, supporting sales, manufacturing and engineering functions in organisations such as RF Brookes, Polypipe Civils and Tyco Valves & Controls. 

Lauren is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ashley Kells is the Programme Director and a member of the management team. Ashley has worked at Intelligent Energy since 2002 where he has held both technical and programme management roles. 

Ashley has PhD in the field of optimised control systems for hybrid electric vehicles, is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a certified Project Management Professional.

Jasbir Uppal is Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Intelligent Energy and a member of the Management Team. Jasbir became Head of Legal in April 2017 and manages the Intelligent Energy Legal Team having responsibility for the company’s global legal and corporate compliance function.

Jasbir graduated with a LLB (Hons) degree from the University of the West of England, Bristol and completed the Legal Practice course at Leeds Metropolitan University. After qualifying in private practice Jasbir embarked on an in-house legal career gaining over 20 years’ legal and corporate compliance experience from previous Head of Legal roles at Just Group plc and Celador International Limited.