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Registrant Profile | Finn Coyle CEnv, Head of Engineering

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Finn is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in diesel engine performance and emissions development. Having studied an engineering degree with a motorsport bias, the plan to follow classmates into the world of F1 was scuppered after he realised he was a bit rubbish at concept design! An interest in thermodynamics and the study of diesel engine combustion for his final year project went against the grain of his fellow students and helped secure him a place on Caterpillar Engines graduate scheme, where he spent four years in the R&D department in diesel engine development and emissions control.

A desire to diversify his skillset and escape the confines of Peterborough to the ‘Big Smoke’ led Finn to take up the offer of a role at the Energy Saving Trust on certifying vehicle emissions abatement equipment. This role helped him gain a much wider understanding of the importance of environmental measures to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.

Having undertaken consultancy work for Transport for London (TfL) whilst at the Energy Saving Trust, he joined the organisation full time in 2008 to develop technical standards for London’s Low Emission Zone. When the last phase of the Low Emission Zone went live in 2012, Finn moved full time into TfL’s environment team where he worked on measures to reduce emissions from buses to improve air quality. Here he undertook CPD courses and Air Quality monitoring and modelling and really felt understanding the wider environmental context helped him develop better technical standards for emissions reduction technologies, providing better ‘real world’ performance.

In 2017, Finn added to his Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by becoming a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He joined TfL’s newly created Engineering Directorate as Head of Engineering, Buses in 2018, in what has proven to be an exciting time, with the fleet transitioning towards zero tailpipe emissions.

 

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