One-on-One Chat – ‘A look into the future’

Hear the insights and directions of the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) from their Director, Alistair Davidson and his team.


Mr Doug Lambert Vice President of Sales and Technology, Wirtz Manufacturing Company, Inc., USA

Joined Oldham Batteries (Denton, Manchester, UK) in February 1977, and now with over 44 years of experience in the lead-acid battery industry; working for battery manufacturers, battery manufacturing equipment suppliers, and 12 years as a specialist lead-acid product and process consultant, is currently;

Vice President of Sales and Technology, for WIRTZ Manufacturing Company Inc., Port Huron, Michigan, USA (having re-joined WIRTZ in August 2011 as Technology Manager, and accepting the VP role in October 2012).

Dr Alistair Davidson Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation

Dr Alistair Davidson is Director of CBI, managing all the consortium’s work programs. Alistair attended the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured at both Washington State University, USA and the University of Chongqing, China.

Dr Matt Raiford Senior Technical Manager, Consortium for Battery Innovation, USA

Matthew Raiford earned his Ph. D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin in 2014.  Afterwards, he worked at RSR Technologies focused on materials development in active materials for lead–acid batteries.  Matt joined CBI in 2019.  As Senior Technical Manager he oversees the CBI technical program and other projects.  Matt is focused on improving dynamic charge acceptance and energy throughput of lead–acid batteries and is working with national labs, universities, and the  industry.

Dr Carl Telford Research & Innovation Manager, Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI)

Carl Telford has over 20 years experience in strategic research, consulting, and R&D. He is an expert in futures thinking, road mapping, and facilitation. In his career to date, Carl has helped major public and private organisations across the world develop strategies, with particular experience in the automotive, off-highway, energy and infrastructure, and chemicals and materials sectors. His academic background includes a PhD in materials engineering.