Battery expert awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours

Isobel Sheldon

Isobel Sheldon, the chief strategy officer at Coventry-based Britishvolt, which is planning to build the UK’s first gigafactory, has been awarded an OBE for her 20 years’ service in the EV battery industry.

Isobel, who was formerly the director of business development at the UK Battery Innovation Centre, which is due to open this year in Coventry, is widely respected across the industry for the depth and breadth of her knowledge in the sector.

The OBE was awarded for services to motor vehicle battery technology, recognising Isobel’s pioneering career in developing lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles.

Britishvolt Chief Strategy Officer Isobel Sheldon OBE: “To be recognised in this way for something that has been both my passion and profession for the past 20 years is a huge and humbling honour. It makes me even more determined to continue in my work with Britishvolt and other talents in the British battery industry to further progress the future of electrification. I will also continue working to inspire and encourage others to help make the UK a world-leader in battery technologies.”

Britishvolt CEO Orral Nadjari: “We are delighted for Isobel and this is deserved recognition for her stellar and visionary career. I am certain that in her role as Chief Strategy Officer for Britishvolt she can scale even greater heights, leading her expert team to create and produce world-leading technologies that will power Britain’s electric future. Further proof, too, that we now have a world-class team of experts assembled. Britishvolt is firmly on track to deliver the UK’s first battery gigaplant, producing world-beating batteries by the end of 2023.”

Isobel Sheldon joined Britishvolt in July 2020 with responsibilities for overall business, manufacturing, technology and customer strategy. Joining from a role as Business Development Director at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), she has 20 years of experience in battery design and development and is a globally renowned automotive battery specialist. Isobel has worked closely with many of the world’s major automotive manufacturers, helping them advance their battery systems. She has also held key roles at Johnson Matthey Battery Systems as Engineering Technology Director and at Ricardo plc as Business Manager and Battery Specialist.