Productiv bridges the gap between small enterprises developing leading edge low carbon technology and large vehicle manufacturers.

Countless small UK enterprises, often the product of university research teams or motorsport, are prototyping remarkable low carbon technologies with the potential to transform the vehicles of tomorrow and enable manufacturers to meet stringent EU demands. These enterprises rarely have the capability to manufacture their solutions to the necessary volume, quality or cost. Productiv bridges the gap between a great technology and the ability to manufacture it in its thousands for integration by large vehicle manufacturers.

By providing technical, production and commercial development, we deliver the economies of scale the automotive industry needs at the low volumes necessary initially, enabling vehicle manufacturers and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to access new technology from outside the established supply chain.

Productiv is an active member of the UK Automotive Council (Technology and Supply Chain groups).

Alan Francis
Chief Operating Officer

Over three and a half decades in the automotive sector, Alan has experienced every stage of technology development from design, development and validation through to prototyping and production. With his children now grown up, he has time to focus on the important things in life: improving his golf swing and roaring on Aston Villa to their next victory.

Anand Lakhani
Chief Executive

A keen protagonist of ‘disruptive innovation’, Anand has spent much of his career encouraging colleagues to generate radical ideas and solve ‘seemingly impossible’ problems. Stimulating others to use their imagination is a theme outside work too, as Anand is father to two young children, whose favourite activities involve dressing up in Disney costumes.


Ben Black
Mechanical Project Engineer

Having gained his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Teesside University, Ben is now putting his experience in electric vehicle endurance racing as a student to use in his role at Productiv. A Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winner, Ben’s active nature is now mostly confined to the badminton court.

Giles Hooker
Project Leader

Marine engineering graduate Giles worked on top secret submarine projects before joining Productiv. The nautical world life still holds a great attraction for him, as when he’s not at work, he’s heading for the coast to swim, surf, dive and fish.

James Tyler
Project Leader

One of our youngest Project Leaders and among the best qualified too, James’ degree is in Agricultural Engineering and he also holds a PRINCE2 project management qualification. In his free time, he loves attending gigs and travelling.

Jasmine Adams
Account Assistant

Jasmine is our trusty accounts assistant, applying her book-keeping skills to keep our financial matters in order. When not deluged with invoices and purchase orders, she spends her time looking after her horses with her rescue dog by her side.

Jonathan Reed
Project Leader

Experience in motorsport, events management and marketing has given Jonathan creative and practical experience to complement his engineering knowledge. He likes to spend his free time in his allotment and dissuading people from sitting on his 1980s VW Golf GTi.

Keith Ludford
Facilities Co-ordinator

A qualified electrician, Keith describes himself as a ‘highly practical optimist’ who is keen to learn and develop new skills. He has three sons and is a keen runner with two half-marathons under his belt. He also enjoys music, but is strictly a spectator as he admits to having no rhythm or timing.

Nick Rodgers
Financial Director

Nick chairs the board and serves as the team’s chief voice of Common Sense. Previously an investment banker and venture capitalist, who has also helped build several successful businesses, he’s ideally placed to drive Productiv and its partners’ growth plans.

Richard Bruges

Richard has been with Productiv since the very start, after more than two decades in automotive and manufacturing.  He’s helping to shape the direction of British engineering through his work at the Automotive Council and APC, championing sustainability and the role of SMEs.  At home, he and his wife maintain a menagerie including three cows, a flock of sheep, a corgi and three sons.