Who We Are

Ginny Buckley

Founder & CEO

Ginny Buckley

The CEO and founder of electrifying.com, Ginny has been at the heart of broadcasting, journalism and cars for over 20 years. She’s a juror and advisor for the World Car of the Year Awards and has driven just about everything... the good, the bad and the ugly, but has now fallen for electric. On the TV front she reports on transport and consumer related issues for the ITV1 flagship current affairs programme ‘Tonight’ and was the launch presenter for ITV’s ‘Men and Motors’ channel, where she produced and presented motoring programmes for many years. Her other on-screen credits include the BBC programmes 'Holiday', 'Escape to the Country', 'Crimewatch Roadshow' and 'Watchdog'. The first electric car she drove was the VW Golf Citystromer back in 1998. She was very young! 

Tom Ford

Associate Editor

Tom Ford

Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford is an award-winning motoring journalist with two decades of experience driving ... pretty much everything. From hypercars to hydrogen cars, Wookie has poked, prodded and written about the lot. Not all of them caught fire. Currently the Associate Editor of TopGear Magazine and host of a forthcoming show about extreme EVs on Motortrend, he has previously presented Channel 5’s ‘Fifth Gear’, BBC 'TopGear America', 'Motörheads', 'Lazy Boy Garage' on Dave and BBC America’s ‘Mud, Sweat and Gears’. 

Nicki Shields

Associate Editor

Nicki Shields

Nicki is a television presenter, live events host and YouTuber and is familiarly known as the face of the FIA electric street racing championship. She is also the anchor for Supercharged on CNN, a technology and motor show, ITV’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival programmes and has been seen across broadcast channels including ITV, BBC, Channel 5 and Sky Sports. Nicki holds a Biological Sciences degree and specialises in sports and automotive, science, technology and the environment.

Tom Barnard

Editor-in-Chief

Tom Barnard

Our less famous Tom spent a decade as a motoring journalist, mainly on Auto Express before being tempted into public relations for car makers including Vauxhall, Hyundai, Nissan and Mitsubishi. While at Nissan he oversaw the UK press launch of the Leaf electric car and took all of the flak from people who said it would never catch on. So now he’s feeling quite smug. After leaving the PR side he now combines his writing roots and passion for all things electric here at Electrifying. He’s driven an electric car since 2012.

Ben Margolis

COO & CFO

Ben Margolis

When he met Ginny back in April 2019, Ben immediately confessed to being confused by the prospect of BHEV/PHEVs/BEVs. So convinced was he by her ability to clear the air, he immediately decided to join her on this exciting Electrifying journey. He may be an #electricnovice but as a Fellow of the ICAEW and with an extensive background supporting and developing scale-up businesses across various sectors, Ben’s hoping to smooth the ride for the team as they hit the fast lane.

Mike Askew

Design bod: Jack of all Trades

Mike Askew

A true jack of all trades, Mike spent 15 years working as a motoring journalist, traveling the world testing cars on what was effectively one long holiday. After being fired from Test Drive Magazine in 2006 he went on to set up Laika Creative in his bedroom and now plies his trade working with car manufacturers on new car launches and product communications. A car nerd to the core, Mike is a fully-qualified electric vehicle bore and was one of just a handful of fools to order a new Renault Twizy. He currently drives a BMW i3 and can usually be found hanging around rapid chargers on the A34 (trying to get them to work). 

James Batchelor

Contributor

James Batchelor

James is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience. He started out as the work experience boy on the trade title Car Dealer Magazine, and rose to become the Editor, before joining Britain's best-selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express, as News Editor. He's also a presenter, and along with our very own Ginny, was the face of Carbuyer on YouTube. He has a weird fascination for wearing brightly coloured trousers but, above all, he's a massive car fan.  

Manos Kountouris

Filmmaker

Manos Kountouris

Manos is an automotive filmmaker with more than a decade of experience. He started back in 2008 as a videographer for various Greek magazines  before moving to the UK, where he got a job working with Ginny. Poor Manos. But it wasn't that bad and he's back for more with the Electrifying team. With a true passion for cars, he's also a camera operator for an automotive TV series and has a reputation for buying daft cars.

Georgia Coles

Director of Business Development

Georgia Coles

Georgia is a communications pro who's been helping brands tell their stories & reach the right audiences for over 20 years. Working with brands like Adidas, Benetton, Sky & Versace has given her a unique skew in finding creative ways for car manufacturers to connect emotionally with consumers. A familiar face in motoring circles for over 15 years, Georgia also founded 'Great British Women in the Car Industry' to champion women in the sector and is very excited by how many women Electrifying.com already reaches.