Focus: People Strategy, Leadership and Teamwork
Founder of Ignition Human Performance, with a background in HR, Learning & Development and Change Management.
Starting his career in the Automotive industry for HWM, the oldest Aston Martin Dealership in the world, Nick has never been far away from things that have four wheels and an engine! Throughout his career he has focused on delivering effective People Strategies that unlocks a High-Performance Culture within a business. He has also developed and delivered Leadership & Teamwork Programmes looking to add an “F1 Attitude” for, amongst others, 3x Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE’s charity Race Against Dementia. The charity funds postgraduate PHD Scientific Dementia Research Fellows at Universities across the world. This project included collaboration with members from the McLaren and Mercedes Formula 1 teams.
He is also a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Business Mentor for Virgin Start-up and in 2017 achieved a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in International HR Management from Kingston University.
Focus: Sales, Profit and Customer Service
Phil is an experienced facilitator, trainer and coach who has developed and delivered high impact and inspirational training programs to audiences focused on sales, profit and delivering great customer service.
He is an Accredited IMI Training Professional, NLP Champion, AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and various psychometric tools. His clients have in included Telefonica O2, Jaguar Land Rover, CitNOW, Iveco, Toyota, GAME, BAI Communications & Renault.
Tristan is an ESG/sustainability specialist working in the sport sector, with a particular focus on opportunities in motorsport to deliver innovation and transformation across industries. Tristan’s background in commercial, operational and strategic positions in a variety of sectors has equipped him to apply a broad knowledge to sustainable development in motorsport and beyond.
Tristan is able to identify the areas where ‘elite’ performing organisations require support to transform their operations to reduce their impact, this coupled with almost 20 years of process excellence, people and project management experience, qualifies Tristan to bring sustainability into any organisation, through understanding the entire value chain and its impacts.
Utilising technical knowledge in GHG reduction, life cycle assessment, supply chain management, continuous improvement and partnership creation, the business benefits of sustainable operations are articulated for the best outcomes.
Tristan continues his own academic research and is currently engaged in multiple research projects to support deep sustainability adoption in sports and motorsport, including future fuels, mega-events and organisational culture.
Since his company, Niesslein Sustainability Partners was founded in late 2019, Tristan has engaged with high performing teams and individuals across sport, supporting world-class outcomes, Tristan has also delivered guest speaking appearances at a leading university, supporting business leaders towards sustainability in their operations and to see the commercial benefit in doing so and continues his professional development at Cambridge University.
A sustainability generalist with years of experience and a ‘climate optimist’, Tristan makes the journey to sustainable outcomes such as Net Zero, accessible, achievable and enjoyable, for teams or events of any size.
Focus: Business Performance Improvement
Formerly of Williams F1 Advanced Engineering, where he translated learnings from Motorsport to help clients improve their own performance, working on projects in manufacturing, rail transport, aerospace, defence and automotive. He also has an emerging focus on applying Motorsport performance improvement techniques to delivering sustainability objectives.
Jeremy brings 16 years’ experience combining external consulting across a broad range of industries – including retail, leisure, FMCG, media and B2B services – and internal strategy roles at Jaguar Land Rover, Inchcape and Sainsbury’s. Additionally, he has hands-on experience as Brand Director of two Porsche retail centres and as Director of Operational Excellence for an automotive fleet company.
Mark Arnall is a world-renowned fitness expert with a career in F1 that has spanned 26 years. In that time, he has worked as performance coach for Mika Häkkinen (5 years), David Coulthard, Kimi Räikkönen (20 years) and most recently in 2022 Sebastian Vettel. During his career Mark has also worked with legendary F1 teams McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin.
Creating tailor-made training, recovery, nutrition, and travel management programs, Mark ensures drivers are in optimum condition at every race. This is no easy task when the F1 calendar requires 240 travel days per year across all time zones! Yet the results speak for themselves; to date Mark has won three World Championships and 215 podiums with his drivers.
Mark has also worked with athletes in the British Athletics team, British Fencing team, members of the England Rugby team as well as renowned artists and top executives seeking health and fitness advice. He is also the co-founder of Travel FIT.
Matt Bishop is a Formula 1 communications expert, journalist, editor, biographer and novelist whose long career encompasses spells in senior positions on many well known publications such as Car, Autosport and F1 Racing.
Matt was also Editorial Director of Haymarket Motorsport Publications before heading to McLaren Racing in 2008 as Chief Communications Officer, working closely with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Joining the W Series as Communications Director in 2018, overseeing the successful global launch of the revolutionary all-female racing championship.
In 2020, he moved to Aston Martin to oversee the launch of its Formula One team as Chief Communications Officer. Here, Matt worked closely with Aston Martin’s number-one driver Sebastian Vettel on a series of ground-breaking media initiatives focusing on diversity, inclusion and the environment.
Matt is a founder ambassador of Racing Pride, which was set up in collaboration with Stonewall in 2019 to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the motorsport industry
He co-wrote double Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi’s 2014 autobiography Emmo: a Racer’s Soul. And Matt’s first novel (with LGBTQ+ themes), The Boy Made the Difference, was published in August 2020.
After progressing his way through the junior ranks, Mark enjoyed a distinguished career at the very top of the sport. 61 starts in Formula One brought multiple podium finishes whilst racing for the likes of McLaren, Brabham, Ligier and Tyrrell across a golden era for the sport. Alongside his Formula One duties, Mark enjoyed immense sportscar success most notably taking a memorable pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990 before taking the outright victory in 1992.
Mark also became one of the very first British drivers to enjoy a great deal of success in the United States, taking on the very best that IndyCar had to offer enjoying multiple wins along the way.
Stepping away from elite racing, Mark was a part of ITV’s BAFTA-award winning Formula One coverage from 2003 to 2008 and has established himself as one of Europe’s most recognised motorsport managers through his role as CEO of market-leading sports management group, MB Partners. Alongside this, he is now also Sporting Director for MB Motorsport in BTCC
After enjoying a childhood steeped in motorsport, Alex has followed the footsteps of his father Martin rising through the single-seaters to become a championship-winning driver in Endurance Racing. Becoming a nine-time competitor in the Le Mans 24-hour race with two podium finishes and a European Le Mans Series Championship to his name; has given Alex a unique insight into the teamwork, endurance, strategy and planning required to be successful at a world-class level. In recent years Alex has continued active professional racing in SportsCar and GT competition, paired with a path in motorsport broadcasting; Analysing F3, F2 and F1 for F1TV, and other major motorsport events for a wide range of broadcasters.
The world of modern motor racing requires not only ability and endurance on track but skill in sales, marketing and an understanding of where opportunity is to be found or made! Forcing racers to think outside the box to secure funding and opportunity nurtures a distinctive skillset while retaining the pure sporting focus on track to convert this opportunity into sporting results puts mental agility at a premium.
Moving between the forums world-class sportscar racing brings a unique and current insight into the world of sporting endeavour and how those skills can be universally applied.
Dovetailing a broadcast media presence alongside active competition gives Alex a unique perspective and the learned skill of concise and effective communication with viewers and listeners.
Racing from the age of 12, Vicki’s passion for four wheels is the foundation of her career - she is at her driving happiest when she makes a car dance.
She is a presenter for ‘Fifth Gear Recharged’ (Discovery/Quest) and ITV4’s classic car show, ‘The Car Years’. She also has a You Tube channel, Vicki Butler-Henderson The CAR Girl.
Vicki held the position of presenter of BBC TV’s Top Gear for five years, and has been a Road Tester for Auto Express and What Car? magazines, as well contributing to The Sunday Times and Saturday Telegraph, and many other publications since the age of 17.
Vicki has hosted many global car launches and major events for the best car manufacturers and high-profile non-automotive brands.
Vicki is also an auctioneer for Historics Auctions, hitting the gavel on many classic car sales.
Vicki started racing 100cc karts against the likes of Formula One star David Coulthard and Indycar Champion Dario Franchitti when she was 12, and still races today in whatever she can get her helmet into – from supercars to saloons.
As part of one of the support races for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone in the early noughties, Vicki became the first woman to win a Maserati race in the history of the marque. She’s also a former racing instructor and has taught hundreds of petrol heads and celebrities the fastest way round a circuit over the years.
She owns a Ducati Monster motorbike on which she is "really fast in a straight line…"
Karun Chandhok is one of only two Indian drivers to compete in Formula 1 and one of the best known broadcasters in the sport today. Born into a family which was steeped in motor sport history, Karun rose through the ranks of junior formulae racing to become test driver for the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team in 2007/8. He then competed in the Formula 1 World Championship for Hispania Racing Team and Team Lotus in 2010 and 2011.
Today he is an expert analyst for Sky Sports F1, broadcasting to 62 countries. He previously broadcast for Star Sports in Asia, BeIN Sports in Qatar, BBC 5 Live Radio and Channel 4 TV in the UK. His deep insights and superb delivery make him one of the most popular broadcasters in Formula 1. As a result, he can speak about any aspect of this demanding sport, particularly given his wide range of experience from across the industry.
Karun sits on the Board of Motorsport UK, the national governing body of motorsport and one of the key members of the world’s governing body, the FIA. He is a member of Motorsport UK’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and also devotes time to working on the development of junior single seater formulae.
Most recently employed as Head of Race Strategy at Aston Martin F1 team, Bernie has 13 years experience working within the Formula One industry. She has travelled to or supported F1 races over a period of 9 seasons across strategy and performance engineering functions. Her previous F1 experience was gained at McLaren Racing. Bernie’s role has seen her leading race strategy decisions from the pitwall that have directly influenced the results of both drivers and team. Balancing information flow from the drivers, engineers and support team in mission control as well as reacting to external events. Bernie was previously selected as one of the ‘30 under 30’ young rising stars of manufacturing for the Make it in Great Britain campaign and named in The Manufacturer Top 100 UK Role Models.
In 2023, Bernie joins the Sky Sports F1 team at selected races to add her race strategy knowledge and experience to their presenter & punditry line up.
One of the world’s most widely recognised sports personalities, David Coulthard is a renowned Formula 1 Grand Prix driver, television broadcaster, author and entrepreneur.
Since retiring with 13 Grand Prix victories driving for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull Racing, his business interests include co-founding Whisper, one of Europe’s fastest growing media production companies, and Velocity Experience which develops and produces branded corporate events. In 2019 David became non-Executive Chairman of W Series, the world’s first professional all-women single seater racing series, and he is President of the British Racing Drivers Club which owns and operates Silverstone Circuit in the UK.
In 2007 David published his autobiography It Is What It Is and in 2018 his second book The Winning Formula made the Sunday Times Best Seller list in the UK. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
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Derek Daly is a World class Formula One and Indy 500 Driver, Master of Fast, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author and 25 year network television analyst. He competed against world champions – raced for some of the world’s most successful teams – won all over the world – lived in Monte Carlo – dined with Royalty – and was almost killed three times. His experiences are breathtaking.
With his native Irish wit, the Hall of Fame race car driver presents powerful analogies with straight forward and fascinating details, delivered with the same energy and humor that has made him one of television’s most popular sports commentators and a world class speaker.
You can’t remain emotionally neutral during his keynotes and his promise is to have you on the edge of your seat.
Alongside his larger-than-life persona as lead singer for Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson holds a myriad of experience in business, entrepreneurialism, mentoring and creative thinking. All of which make him unique in his ever-expanding professional fields, and in great demand to share the secrets of his proficiency, insight and knowledge.
As a qualified pilot and commercial airline captain, Bruce set up his own aircraft business to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft as well as pilot training.
He has also invested in sustainable transportation projects which include an eco-friendly helium airship capable of transporting cargo or people and an edible drone which can carry humanitarian aid into hard to access disaster areas.
His other achievements include: an award-winning beer brewer, film scriptwriter, international fencer, TV presenter & sports commentator, and Sunday Times #1 best-selling author of his memoir ‘What Does This Button Do?”
Drawing on his wealth of experience for inspiration, Bruce’s world class keynotes explain how the challenges of operating in the seemingly disparate realms of rock music and commercial aviation mirror those of everyday business worlds.
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Most recently Electronics Support Engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in the Heritage department responsible for maintaining all on and off car electronics & systems on a wide range of retired cars (2022-2013) driven by the likes of Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE . He has a combination of 13 years experience working across automotive & motorsports industries. He featured in “The Hamilton Commission Report” & interactive smart video as well as speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about the state of diversity in F1 in 2021.
James got his break into the industry back in 2010 working at McLaren Automotive then progressed through a career pathway that led to him working within F1, he lead the development on McLaren GT Sprint GT3 (650S) and GT4 (570S) projects as well as Customer Support Engineer for GT3 race cars until 2017 where he got his chance trackside at Systems Engineer for Haas F1 before getting the call up to join McLaren Racing in 2018 working with Lando Norris in his test & rookie season.
An accolated of firsts for the industry is that he has founded Driven By Us CIC which has gained club recognition status by Motorsport UK supporting ethnic monitories & women increasing accessibility and awareness in STEM & Media career role, providing an education from grassroots to elite F1 level. Including a safe space and network within the industry in which they have partnerships with F1 and key influences.
He’s also an executive board member at AFBE focusing on engineering industry engagement across the whole sector bringing expertise and accessible to automotive and motorsport industries as his primary focus for the community.
Leading the team at Formula Health, Gemma uses her international experience in elite Human Performance to deliver 1st class treatment interventions.
As the first Human Performance Consultant Osteopath within Formula One, Gemma has been at the forefront of elite level health & fitness for the past 10 years. Working with the drivers and crews across various race series including endurance racing with Aston Martin, Formula E and primarily Formula 1, Gemma has raised the bar on delivering performance driven results using a holistic and comprehensive approach to team health and fitness. Notably, her role in pitstop analysis resulting in the World Record in 2016 for the fastest ever pitstop in F1 at 1.92seconds.
Combining her experience within the pinnacle of motorsport engineering, Gemma has also lead a number of projects taking F1 technology out into the medical industry. She is passionate about using the knowledge gained from this high pressure environment to improve performance outcomes in the healthcare sector. The Formula Health clinic provides a centre for everyone to have access to elite level health analysis and treatment interventions in a beautiful Berkshire setting. Believing that education plays a huge role in improving health, the clinic also provide regular community workshops and collaborates with other local healthcare professionals.
Gemma’s unique presence within Formula One continues as she currently consults for a team based in Switzerland, working with their drivers, engineers and pitcrew on the vast subject of ‘Human Performance’.
Mark Gallagher has held senior roles in the high performance environment of Formula 1 motor racing during a 30 year career. Today he is an author, broadcaster and industry analyst who continues to work with drivers and teams at the forefront of this global sport. He is also a renowned public speaker and since 1998 has provided compelling keynote presentations and insights to organisations world wide.
Mark’s executive management career in Formula 1 included more than a decade on the management board of the successful Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and helping establish the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing.
Mark has been a member of the technical working groups within the sport’s governing body, the FIA, tasked with tackling challenges including environmental sustainability and safety, the latter being central to the sport’s regulatory environment. He spent two years working on the energy efficiency regulations adopted by Formula 1 in 2014.
Since 2012 Mark has focused on his Formula 1 consulting business, Performance Insights, working with a range of clients across the sport. He is also a columnist, feature writer and broadcaster for GP Racing Magazine and Autosport, part of the global Motorsport Network.
He has written three books, Grand Prix - The Last 25 Years (WH Smith, 1999) and two editions of The Business of Winning (Kogan Page, 2014) with a fully revised, 2nd edition published on 3rd October 2021. Mark also collaborated with David Coulthard on his Sunday Times Best Seller The Winning Formula (Blink Publishing, 2018). Between 2005 and 2010 Mark was a consultant to Pixar on its CARS and CARS 2 movies.
Two-times Formula One Champion Mika Hakkinen scored world titles in 1998 and 1999 for the all-conquering McLaren-Mercedes Benz team.
With 20 Formula One race victories and 51 top-three podium finishes to his credit, he ranks among the most successful drivers of all time and is widely regarded as one of the fastest drivers of the modern era.
Mika subsequently competed in the German Touring Car Championship until 2007.
Since then, he has remained closely involved in Formula 1 through brand ambassadorships and business interests including driver management. In 2022 he has joined the Viaplay F1 broadcast team in the nordic region, providing expert insight.
He continues to be a familiar presence at Grands Prix and one of the most popular personalities in Formula 1.
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Regarded as one of the most skilled drivers on the BTCC grid, Jake Hill enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2022 with MB Motorsport finishing 3rd in the championship & claiming the Goodyear Wingfoot award for most pole positions across the year.
His sensational BTCC debut came in 2013 at Croft. Immediately competitive, Jake made his mark by taking a win in the Jack Sears trophy in his very first race, following that up with a further podium finish in the second race.
Following his successful 2019 campaign, Jake joined the BRDC SuperStars programme and proved himself as a leading contender in the BTCC combined with MB Motorsport.
Jake remains with the team powered by West Surrey Racing's BMW 330e M Sport and hopes to take another step towards a fully-fledged Championship assault.
Robin Horsfall has led an amazing life. During his talks, attendees will discover fascinating stories from his extensive military career and how they relate to his underlying theme of overcoming adversity.
He was a boy soldier at fifteen, a paratrooper at seventeen and an SAS soldier at twenty-one. He fought in five wars as a front line soldier, was a Royal Marine Sniper and a top bodyguard. He was also one of the UK’s first Paramedics and ran clinics all over the world. He once built a medical centre in the centre of the Guyana Jungle, but there is more.
In 1992 he started to teach martial arts and for twenty years taught thousands of children karate in South West London building the largest independent children’s karate group in Europe. He broke his neck and while recovering went to Surrey University as a mature student (56) and graduated three years later.
He is currently active fighting for the Northern Ireland Veterans Movement a battle he has led for six years. He recently survived bladder cancer, writes books and now lives in South Wales.
Founder of "The Naked Warrior", Claire is an international leading fitness, nutrition and mindset expert plus female empowerment coach for women in motorsport. Her unique skills and experience of over 20 years in the health and fitness industry provides the knowledge and experience relevant to the specific dynamics that motorsport racing demands.
Her knowledge and experience is sought after and Claire has presented regular educational features for FIA Girls on Track, part of Motorsport UK plus attends the events that Girls on Track host specifically to local schools to promote the range of opportunities within motorsport. Claire is an Ambassador for Team Sport Indoor Karting and BIKC, is the preferred trainer for a high profile motorsport company and author of The Winning Formula - Discover the Secrets to Unleash Your Alphafemale.
Most notably, Claire was asked to cocreate an exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum dedicated to Women in Motorsport which is open from Jan to May 2022 that showcases the work she does with clients.
Not just for the drivers, Claire’s programs are also used by the team mechanics of a high profile motorsport company as well corporate employees working within the pinnacle of motorsport which ensures success across the board for the whole company.
Raj is a British club & regional kart racer, as well as a top finalist from the televised international Formula Woman motorsport competition.
In her day-to-day, Raj works as a Senior Account Manager at Procurement Leaders (a London headquartered B2B procurement research & networking organisation).
Raj’s journey and achievements in motorsport, since she first started karting in 2020, have been impressive. Highlights include reaching the regional finals of the 2021 British Indoor Karting Championship and reaching the final 75 of the 2021/22 Formula Woman competition (which began with 1000+ international applicants).
Raj is passionate about encouraging more women and undiscovered talent into motorsport and has notable regional and national media experience - including multiple appearances on BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio London and appearing as a live guest on Alastair Stewart’s prime time weekend show on TV news channel GB News.
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Paddy Lowe is one of the most successful engineers and technical directors in Formula 1 history having amassed no few than 158 Grand Prix wins and 12 World Championship titles during a stellar career with the Williams, McLaren and Mercedes teams.
During his award winning career he has worked with many of the sport’s leading stars including Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso. As Technical Director of Mercedes he oversaw 53 Grand Prix victories for seven times World Champion Lewis Hamilton, also working with 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg.
After returning to Williams as Chief Technical Officer in 2017, Paddy developed a strong interest in helping the sport deliver its environmental sustainability targets. This led him to establish Zero Petroleum in 2020, five years before Formula 1 plans to abandon fossil fuels.
In 2021 his work with the Royal Air Force on Project Martin led to the world’s first flight powered entirely by synthetic fuel. This was produced by extracting hydrogen from water and carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Charlie Martin is a British racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist, she has raced successfully in multiple disciplines including single seaters, prototypes and GT cars.
In 2020 she made LGBTQ+ history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24hr Nürburgring-Rennen, where she finished 4th in class racing a BMW M240i. In 2021 she finished 3rd in the Praga class of the Britcar Endurance Championship.
Her ambition is to make LGBTQ+ history by competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. She has overcome huge adversity since transitioning mid way through her career, and works with leading LGBTQ+ charities Stonewall (Sports Champion), Mermaids (Patron) and Athlete Ally (ambassador) to improve visibility, acceptance and inclusion in motorsport.
Charlie has featured in Vogue Magazine (July 21) and was listed in the Vogue 25, a cele- bration of inspiring women shaping the World in 2021 and beyond. She was also in- cluded in the Pride Power list, OUT Magazine 100 & Attitude 101.
She is a professional public speaker and works regularly with large organisations to help them improve their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Clients include Google, Microsoft, Adidas, AON, O2, GSK, ASOS, Heycar & BMW.
A pioneer in the use of data analytics in Formula 1 motor racing, Neil Martin has spent the last 25 years developing world-class solutions as a member of the senior technical leadership team at McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari. Today he runs his own company, Random Logic, providing data analytics solutions into top level motor racing and clients from across industry, using deep knowledge gained from operating at the forefront of the data-driven Formula 1 environment.
Software which was originally designed and developed by Neil, or derived from his applications, is used by over half the Formula 1 grid today. As a result he is one of the leaders in the field of data analytics and a highly experienced manager of complex motorsport programmes.
As part of the senior management with McLaren Racing, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari, Neil has worked with many World Champions including Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Vettel.
Neil has spoken for a range of businesses eager to gain management and technical insights from the application of data analytics in managing risk, optimising performance and decision making. His keynote presentations have received widespread acclaim from clients in sectors as diverse as banking, financial services and healthcare.
Perry McCarthy is truly unique – he is an ex Formula One driver, a bestselling author and was the original secret racing driver from BBC’s Top Gear - 'The Stig'.
In the world of International Motor Racing, Perry McCarthy is known for his speed and humour. But he is also famous for his incredible determination, opportunism and deal making abilities.
His unique attitude and against the odds journey from working on Oil Rigs to Formula One driver, best-selling author to becoming world famous as ‘The Stig’ on Top Gear has been inspirational.
There were so many difficult times for Perry and his young family, but he would not give up, either on or off the track, and he always found a way to make things happen.
His quick wit and ability to deride himself, and others, has regaled spectators, race guests and even rival teams and drivers, in pit lanes, paddocks and bars across the world.
Perry is in high demand to give business and motivational speeches all over the world. He links his experience and passionate attitude, along with his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the Formula One world, to provide a highly entertaining and insightful platform tailored to support the client's key event messages and after, invites audiences to ask him questions about cars, driving, Top Gear and Formula One.
Richard Morris is a British racing driver and is currently a works driver for Revolution Race Cars competing in the European Sports Prototype Cup. Richard is also the creator of Racing Pride, an innovative movement launched in June 2019 to champion LGBTQ+ inclusion through motorsport which has already grown to partner with multiple Formula One teams and to reach audiences worldwide with its message of inclusion.
Richard’s own experiences of challenging casual homophobia and stereotypes, as well as of starting conversations about inclusion in the world of motorsport, inform his perspective and make him a unique speaker. Richard has worked directly with all of Racing Pride’s partners, including Aston Martin and Alpine Formula One teams, delivering a wide variety of speaker sessions, and is able to engage audiences with a combination of personal stories and practical advice on allyship.
In a career spanning 30 years in Touring Car Racing, Matt Neal is best known for his exploits in the BTCC and is a 3 x Champion of the series, along with 6 Independents Champion titles. In 1999 he caused a sensation by winning a race at Donington Park in a Nissan Primera, the first Independent to do so in the modern era, winning him a £250,000 prize from BTCC series promoter Alan Gow.
Also known for his fierce on-track rivalry with fellow touring car driver Jason Plato, Matt has appeared a number of times on BBC's Top Gear in some of the TV shows most famous and well remembered challenges, such as Car Football and Airport Vehicle race.
He now runs the Team Dynamics Motorsport BTCC team and combines this with commentating for Eurosport and the Discovery channels.
Formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, Stu grew their ‘adjacent sector’ business through the alignment and transfer of technology and know-how from the Williams Group’s highly successful performance motorsport and automotive heritage, winning new and high-profile customers across the defence, aerospace and off highway sectors. Prior to WAE, he accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge in how private and public sector organisation function, both large and small, working in high value engineering, product and consultancy companies, and from within the Ministry of Defence as a specialist British Army engineering officer and soldier. An electronics engineer by background, he has maintained a wide range of complex military platform and weapon systems, and has led a number of military equipment repair and maintenance organisations, including whilst on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Gulf. Stu finished his 24-year career within the MoD procurement system, in a range of requirements and project delivery roles, working alongside industry to deliver optimised equipment solutions for the front line user.
Stu brings nearly 40 years’ experience combining engineering, project, commercial and consulting experience, delivering bottom line benefit across a range of industries and sectors. He now runs his own business supporting technology start-ups and SMEs with their growth and go to market strategies.
Marc "Elvis" Priestley worked as a member of the Formula One pitstop crew & in team management at one of the sport's most successful organisations, McLaren Racing, for almost a decade.
Having been an integral part of the team that stood in the pitlane - with cars approach at motorway speeds, he & his team came together in perfect synchronicity to change tyres in little more than 2 sec - there aren't many people more perfectly placed, or better educated in the field, to impart how these processes and lessons can positively impact a business or project.
He has also worked with an impressive list of drivers & World Champions including Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen & Lewis Hamilton.
Since leaving McLaren, Marc now shares his experiences & knowledge through talks, consultations & workshops with businesses across the world & is the host of the renowned "Pitlane Life Lessons" Podcast. He has also gone on to have a successful career in television, having worked as an analyst on, amongst others, the Sky Sports F1 coverage and now co-hosts the Discovery Channel's "Wheeler Dealers" alongside Mike Brewer. In 2017 he wrote and released "The Mechanic", a book that looked into the secret world of the Formula One Pit lane.
Simon is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Therapist, who has worked in the field of human performance for 25 years.
He worked for the prestigious Formula One Team McLaren for 14 years, as Driver Performance Manager. His responsibilities included managing the athletic development of over 20 professional racing drivers, in 14-series of racing and facilitated 16 championship wins.
He had notable success supporting three drivers from grassroots and entry formula, through to Formula One and Two, winning their respective championships in the process.
He now runs Formula To Perform, which is an culmination of almost three decades of service to human performance; providing drivers with a proven preparation strategy and system to optimise their winning potential.
Naomi Schiff is a Rwandan-Belgian female racing driver and television presenter. She was born in Belgium, to a Belgian father and Rwandan mother, grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Paris.
Naomi started racing at age 11 in Karts and over the years progressed to single seater, prototype and GT racing championships internationally.
She won the 2014 Clio Cup China Series in 2014 with seven wins from ten races, her success earned her a 5 year contract with a German racing team, racing the KTM XBOW GT in the GT4 European series, the 24hr series and the Xbow battle. Naomi won the 2018 KTM XBOW battle Sprint championship and finished and in the endurance championship.
Naomi competed in the gruelling 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2018, widely considered one of the toughest in the world, alongside Le Mans, and finished an incredible second in class.
In 2019, she was selected to compete in the inaugural W Series championship and became an ambassador and presenter for the W Series in 2020.
In February 2022, Naomi presented the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team car launch for the Mercedes W13 alongside Natalie Pinkham. The following month, she was announced as co-presenter on a new Sky Sports F1 show Any Driven Monday and also joined the 2022 Sky Sports F1 team as an Analyst.
Julien, most recently Kimi Raikkonen's last Formula 1 race engineer, is a race and performance engineering specialist with over 22 years of experience in Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3 and multiple other motorsport series. He has travelled to over 265 F1 Grand Prix and has completed 14 seasons in F1 working for teams like Toyota, Caterham, Lotus, Renault and Alfa Romeo Sauber. Julien has also worked closely with drivers like Marcus Ericsson, Romain Grosjean, Robert Kubica or Jolyon Palmer to name a few. Julien has launched JSC7 Engineering ltd in 2022, a motorsport consultancy service that provides Julien's extensive expertise to clients wishing to engage specialist race engineering advice.
The growth of JSC7 Engineering since launched less than 12 months ago has been very strong. After an initial period of build-up of the company, JSC7 engineering has now developed into a multi-skilled motorsports consultancy, delivering a range of diversified services. They are now working in sectors including on-air TV technical expertise (with Canal Plus, the French broadcaster), providing leadership in the technical direction of single seater operations, technical support and new client research for cutting edge data analysis and strategy software, F1 technical podcasts, investor research for a brand new iconic high-end mobility company and lifestyle brand, and also head-hunting highly skilled motorsport individuals. The goal for this year is to continue the exponential growth and become a leader in motorsport consultancy services.
By applying the American Professional Selling Skills, learnt initially as a Xerox Salesman and as the UK Sales Training Director of the American Corporation, to his passion for motor-racing, Brian built a careers one of the most successful exponents of sponsorship acquisition in F1 and international motorsport. Following a successful professional career racing touring and sports cars, Brian established South Africa’s first ever racing driver school and managed the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit before moving into F1 as Marketing Director of the Lola F1 Team.
Later, as Head of Motorsport for a international sports agency API, Brian personally secured the multi-million pound sponsorship deals that brought global brands FedEx and Gillette into F1 for the very first time, as sponsors of the Benetton F1 Team.
He went on to become the Benetton F1 Team’s Commercial Director. He has published two highly-acclaimed books on sports sponsorship. His autobiography was published in 2019. As the Founder of the prestigious Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), Brian was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University in 2018 for services to the motorsport industry.
There’s more than one route to the finish line. With a start in indoor karting & sim racing, Ellis Spiezia is a 17 year old American electric racing driver paving an untraditional path. Having completed two seasons of competitive electric karting with four manufacturers across Europe, Ellis moved to cars in 2022, taking an active role as a development & test driver for nearly every electric motorsport powertrain available at the junior level.
Ellis believes the rewards of being first far outweigh the risks, and proved it when his family left the US during a global pandemic in 2020 to pursue his singular passion for motorsport. By prioritizing electric racing, he is doubling down, leading a new generation that will transform education, the economy, and sustainability through innovation. Focused on web3, gaming and the metaverse, he sees this unique opportunity to have a critical role in the evolution of this new vertical within the sport.
A nominee for the inaugural BBC Green Sports Young Athlete of the Year Award, a member of EcoAthletes and High Impact Athletes, Ellis is confident and charismatic on stage and on track, bringing a fresh voice to the motorsport world.
He believes electric is the future, for performance and the planet.
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Ruben Stanislaus is a young British born racing driver of Grenadian heritage and is currently driving a Praga R1 in the Zeo Prototype Series. He is the star of the award winning documentary Born To Race, which aired on BBC One in 2022 and is currently being shown all over the world on the BBC IPlayer. After a successful career coming up the ranks in karting, Ruben has successfully made the leap straight into cars, regularly finishing on the podium and winning a number of races that he has participated in.
With the current push for motorsport to be more inclusive in terms of racial diversity, Ruben speaks of his own experiences coming through the sport and how he is looking to achieve in own racing goals, as well as, making a change both on and off track. Whilst filming the Born to Race documentary, Ruben was given exclusive access to the Mercedes AMG F1 team and interviewed 7x Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, also of Grenadian descent, where they discussed a wide range of subjects about both his and Ruben's career. Alongside this Ruben has also made a number of TV appearances including live on BBC Breakfast as well as on BBC London, he has also appeared on Radio 5 Live and local radio.
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Automotive insiders regularly refer to Frank Stephenson as “one of most influential automotive designers of our time” and “he has designed some of the most iconic cars of the 21st century” - Autoblog & Motor Trend.
Frank’s career spans being a design leader at several of Europe’s best known automotive companies, where he has penned and overseen cars such as the Ford RS Cosworth, BMW X5, new MINI, Ferrari F430, Maserati MC12, new Fiat 500 and all the new range of supercars from McLaren.
Frank now leads the creative direction at his own design studio, Frank Stephenson Design, which was founded in 2018. Frank is excited to shape the future of mobility by leading the design of pioneering new industries such as eVTOLs and to positively impact society by designing cross industry products such as child safety seats, innovative beauty products and watches.
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Formerly of McLaren Applied Technologies and the McLaren Accelerator team, where he brought the methodologies, technologies and ways of working from motorsport to apply to client performance challenges. Paul worked hand-in-hand with the KPMG and Deloitte partner teams to deliver projects in Retail, Oil & Gas, Transport and Manufacturing.
Paul has over 20 years of experience in operational and consulting roles across different sectors including Manufacturing, Banking and Public Sector. He is an experienced facilitator, coach and trainer, and has a particular interest in leadership development.
Paul has distilled his experiences and expertise into the RAPID Performance framework, a programme for applying elite motorsport thinking to business performance challenges.
Claire Williams OBE is the former Deputy Team Principal of the Williams Formula 1 racing team. Claire grew up around Formula 1 since her late father, Sir Frank Williams, was the founder of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering F1 team, winning nine Constructors’ Championships and seven Drivers’ Championships.
Claire has been among the most prominent and successful women in recent Formula 1 history, taking the team to successive third places in the Constructors’ Championships in just her second and third years in charge.
During her tenure, Claire was a keen advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within her own team and across the sport as a whole. Since the successful sale of the Williams F1 team in 2020 Claire has provided consultancy services to brands entering Formula 1 and shares her experiences of running a contemporary F1 team with corporate clients.
Claire was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to Formula One.
Jim Wiseman is a Producer and Director who runs Wiser Films.
Jim was one of the creative minds behind the hit BBC TV show Top Gear, coming up with “the star in the reasonably priced car” and many of the famous challenges, that made the show a global success, including the very first race between an Aston Martin DB9 vs the train to Monaco.
He has also worked on the BBC and Channel 4 Formula One coverages, Goodwood Festival of Speed and most recently created and directed ITV show “The Car Years”
Using his wealth of experience, Jim can engage with businesses on areas such as: building a brand, working with big personalities, the A-Z of building a filming day and knowing your audience.
The son of Canadian Formula 1 star Gilles Villeneuve, one of Enzo Ferrari’s favourite drivers and renowned for his spectacular driving style, it was perhaps inevitable that Jacques would follow his father into racing.
Driving for Williams, Jacques won the 1997 Formula One World Championship against Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher. Jacques remains the last driver to win a World Championship for the Williams team.
His Formula One career continued until 2006, including 6 years at BAR Honda, which was a team he co-founded. Today that that is the dominant Mercedes AMG F1 team. Since then, he has competed in a wide range of motorsport series. This included twice competing in the famous Le Mans 24 hours sports car race, finishing 2ndin 2008.
Jacques continues to be closely involved in F1, commentating for French television. He is Trilingual in English, French and Italian.
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