Britishvolt has appointed Timon Orlob as Chief Operating Officer, effective 1 February, 2021.

Reporting directly to CEO, Orral Nadjari, Orlob will be responsible for delivering the skills and systems required for Britishvolt to construct and operate the UK’s first battery gigaplant, from the end of 2023. 

Orlob joins Britishvolt from luxury boat manufacturer, Sunseeker International, where he was COO and formerly operations director.

Previous roles have included three years at PwC, where he was a global manufacturing and supply chain specialist. He started his career in his native Germany at Bosch in its automotive division and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

“Britishvolt is rapidly maturing as a business and Timon’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer underpins our progress,” said Nadjari.

“He will be a crucial component in our essential mission to deliver a fully operational battery gigaplant in the North East of England at the end of 2023. We remain on track in every way to develop and manufacture strategically important lithium-ion batteries.”

The Britishvolt gigaplant is due to start construction in summer, 2021.

It will have GBP2.6bn (US$3.6bn) investment and when fully operational, will provide 3,000 jobs in North East England.