Dr Viv Stephens

Dr Viv Stephens

Programme Director - Niche Vehicle Network

Viv Stephens graduated from University of Wales with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and was later awarded a PhD by Cranfield University for research into vehicle structural crashworthiness and advanced composites.

He spent several years at MIRA in senior technical and managerial roles. This included leading the Vehicle Programmes Group, managing major whole-vehicle development programmes for OEM customers.

Since leaving MIRA he has worked in a variety of other automotive consultancy roles, including programme management and business strategy development.

He was the founder of the Niche Vehicle Network and is currently Programme Director, with overall responsibility for the activities of the Network, including collaborative R&D, the NVN Annual Symposium and the Network’s events programme.

He was instrumental in developing and managing the first Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event and was Event Director of ‘LCV’ from 2008 to 2010.

He also has over ten years of experience in assessing and monitoring automotive collaborative R&D projects for a variety of government agencies and NGOs in the area of lightweight vehicles and low carbon propulsion technologies.

He also works as a freelance project manager for Morgan Motor Company, leading major chassis and powertrain development projects.