Policy Idol: Nathanael Kennedy-Leroi on addressing Local Residential EV Charging Infrastructure

The Policy Idol competition has been an exceptional platform for young policy enthusiasts to showcase their skills and ideas, providing them with a unique opportunity to refine their communication and analytical abilities. The experience gained from participating in the competition is invaluable and will undoubtedly add an extra edge to their performances in their future paths. Today, we hear from Nathanael Kennedy-Leroi, who’s currently a second year International Relations student here are King’s. 

What’s the ‘Addressing Residential EV Charging Infrastructure Locally’ policy about?

London has a goal of being net zero by 2030 leading to increased electric vehicle sales. Yet the relevant infrastructure to accommodate for these new electric vehicles hasn’t been sufficiently solved. As a result, I advocated for a policy whereby residents on streets that operate parking permits could, with the help of the government and local council, fund the installation of private electric vehicle chargers for those with parking permits and an electric vehicle. This would act essentially as a private EV charger shared amongst other residents on your street much like a private parking space from a parking permit would.

What notable skills or experience did you gain from this event?

I learnt a few key skills from partaking in Policy Idol, firstly attention to detail. Given your pitch must be three minutes, it forces you to be attentive to making sure your idea is as concise as possible which is a great skill to have. Secondly, public speaking. As a finalist you get to speak in front of a large hall full of people and in front of some influential judges, this is a great opportunity for those who struggle with public speaking to really throw yourself in at the deep end. Lastly, a key difference between the heat and the final is that in the final I went off script, which meant I had to really think on my feet in front of everyone, which is an experience that gives you confidence in similar situations later on in life.  

What would you like to do in your career/after you leave King’s? Would it be something to do with Policy?

After I leave King’s I am currently looking at my options. I have been doing a lot in law and am currently studying for the LSAT to go to Law School in the US. I am also highly interested in journalism, venture capital and entrepreneurship. I am primarily interested in advocacy and exploring new ideas, which Policy Idol was great for.  

What would you advise potential students who are looking to participate in Policy Idol?

Policy Idol is a great way to take you out of your comfort zone, which I would advise everyone to do. In relation to your idea, make sure it is small but doable rather than grand but unfeasible. Most importantly however, pick a topic that actually interests you. The best pitches are those where the speaker can link the idea back to something personal about himself or herself.