Jon Frampton

Professor Jon Frampton, Director of the China Institute, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China) at the University of Birmingham

The China Institute is a central hub for Chinese interests at the University of Birmingham. Its goal is to bring together people, ideas, funding, research and academic excellence to help create opportunities for those keen to discover what China has to offer. It also plays a key role in celebrating the influence of Chinese culture upon the University. 

Hongming Xu

Professor Hongming Xu, Head of the Vehicle and Engine Research Centre, University of Birmingham

Professor Hongming Xu is Head of the Vehicle and Engine Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and a ‘Distinguished Visiting Professor’ at Tsinghua University. With BEng and MEng degrees from Hefei University of Technology obtained in 1982 and 1984 respectively, he received his PhD from Imperial College in 1995. He was a Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover prior to joining University of Birmingham in 2005 and becoming professor in 2009. He has over 400 publications including 90 SAE Papers (Scopus H-index 41) in powertrain research added by some 40 invited talks and keynotes. He is a Fellow of SAE International and IMechE. He is president of the UK Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers and vice president of the Association of British Chinese Professors.

Jon Frampton

Frank Thorpe - MD, BYD (UK)

Frank Thorpe joined BYD UK in 2016 from GKN Hybrid Power (formerly Williams Hybrid Power) where for four years he was Head of Bus Systems, and now he is the Managing Director of BYD UK. He manages all BYD activities in the UK and they have currently delivered over 500 buses to the UK market. He created Gyrodrive as a business unit which established itself as a major supplier of hybrid products in the bus sector. At an early stage of his career Mr Thorpe gained valuable first-hand experience of intensive bus and coach operations. Aged only 20 he took over, with his brother Jim, as Joint Managing Director of the family firm, F E Thorpe & Sons Ltd based in West London, and in the next 16 years grew the business to have a turnover of £12.5 million with 115 vehicles. Frank Thorpe has worked in the Bus Industry for 30 years. Originally as a bus operator running his own bus company in London, but for the last 10 years he has worked in manufacturing with Williams Hybrid Power, GKN and now BYD.


Andrew Murphy – Advisor Future Mobility, bp

Over the last 15 years, Andrew Murphy has led the creation and development of wide-ranging initiatives in the Hydrogen economy. Working within both Energy Majors and Consultancy, Andrew has been a key player in the successful deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK, Germany and the US and has played a key role in strategy development and implementation for globally-scaled energy companies. Andrew has helped establish and sat on Advisory Boards including New Zealand’s Southern Green Hydrogen Mega Project and now sits as bp's Advisor for Future Mobility.

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By car – visitors can park their car in our guest car park (Sat Nav: B15 2SA) and visitors can pay a ticket by RingGo app.

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