Aceleron Speaks: Q&A with Rob Marshall

April 29, 2020

Our Aceleron Speaks series is all about celebrating the amazing people behind Aceleron. We are kicking things off with a Q&A with our new Business Development Manager, Rob. He sat down to talk to us about his experiences in the energy industry.

Rob Marshall, Business Development Manager

Rob joined the Aceleron team looking to accelerate business development and sales with his 35 years of experience in the battery industry. He is going to make full use of his address book to break Aceleron’s lithium batteries into new markets.

What made you want to join the Aceleron team?

Well, it seemed really interesting and a chance to make a bit of a difference, as I say I have worked in the industry for quite a long time and it gets a bit repetitive. I could have quite easily moved to another similar job, but I’ve done that. This is the chance to do something a bit new and help a business develop and grow from a small company into a huge setup.  

You’ve been a part of larger companies in the past; what differences, if any, have you noticed compared to the operation at Aceleron?

It’s only been a week and a half, but it looks to me the difference will be that it will be easier to put your own spin on things rather than having to follow set rules all the time; everyone is given the room to do what they think is best for the company growth. I would definitely say that the best thing about Aceleron is that we can make our own path in the business and in the industry.  

What part of Aceleron are you most passionate about?

I am very passionate that the batteries are fully recyclable, I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but we have only got the one planet. So, it’s good that Aceleron is able to reuse batteries and repurpose them.

What do you think needs changing in the energy industry?

Well, one thing I would change is the level of support from government. We are in a position now in this country where we are coming out of Europe so we need to develop more jobs in the renewable energy sector which should be flourishing. So, I would change that and make sure that there is a lot more funding and technical support available for people in the industry.

You mentioned how we only have one planet and we need to do as much as possible, what steps are you taking towards a cleaner future?

Well, to be honest just really trying to reuse stuff and not throw anything away anymore and try and be more careful about my carbon footprint, avoid flying places and using more public transport. Unfortunately, public transport is very poor at the moment. Maybe that is something we can change here at Aceleron by helping the adoption of EVs in the public sector.

And just for a bit of fun, if you were on a desert island what two things would you bring and why? You’ve got food and water of course.

I would probably bring a radio or something to play music, oh and a set of books, a series.  

Any series in particular?

Yes, it would be the Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

Huge thank you to Rob who took the time to chat with me today.