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Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been winning grands prix for more than three decades.

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Our History

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd is founded by Frank Williams and an ambitious British engineer called Patrick Head. The company is based in an empty carpet warehouse in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and enters a purchased March chassis in order to compete in F1 during the latter half of the season.

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German Grand Prix Preview

Formula One’s first ever triple-header drew to a conclusion after three long, busy weeks on the road. After a week at home and back at base, the team’s suitcases are packed and it’s time for the return of the popular German Grand Prix.

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German Grand Prix Preview

Formula One’s first ever triple-header drew to a conclusion after three long, busy weeks on the road. After a week at home and back at base, the team’s suitcases are packed and it’s time for the return of the popular German Grand Prix.

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 237
2 FERRARI 214
3 RED BULL 164
4 RENAULT 62
5 MCLAREN 40
6 FORCE INDIA 28
7 HAAS 27
8 TORO ROSSO 19
9 SAUBER 13
10 WILLIAMS 4
ESports

Williams eSports will compete in a range of online sim racing competitions this season. The team’s roster of elite gamers will represent Williams, racing in series and events on multiple platforms during the year.

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About

Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance to the motorsport, automotive, defence and healthcare sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the engineering challenges of the 21st century, with its expertise in electrification, aero and thermodynamics, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.

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Lightweight Structures

From composites to metal alloys to intelligent combinations of both

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Core Markets

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Foresight Williams

This fund benefits from a unique collaboration between Williams and Foresight Group, combining the technological expertise of Williams Advanced Engineering and Foresight's track record in investment management, of making and exiting investments in UK-based early stage and later stage SMEs

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Jaguar C-X75

Williams Advanced Engineering partnered with Jaguar to create the revolutionary C-X75 hybrid supercar, with a top speed of more than 200mph and 0-60mph in less than three seconds, yet with 50km range on electric drive alone and CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km

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Jaguar C-X75

Williams Advanced Engineering partnered with Jaguar to create the revolutionary C-X75 hybrid supercar, with a top speed of more than 200mph and 0-60mph in less than three seconds, yet with 50km range on electric drive alone and CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km

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Nismo

Williams Advanced Engineering has partnered with Nismo, the performance-orientated brand of Nissan, to work on development of high performance road cars

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Formula E

Williams Advanced Engineering designs and assembles the battery system for the 42 fully-electric cars that compete in the FIA Formula E Championship

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Aerofoils

Williams Advanced Engineering has collaborated with UK start-up Aerofoil Energy to develop a new aerodynamic device that can significantly reduce the energy consumed by refrigerators in supermarkets and convenience stores...

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Incubating Technology

Williams Advanced Engineering specialises in incubating innovative energy efficient technologies that have their origins in Formula One. We work with leading commercial partners to validate this new technology in preparation for market entry

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Four years of electrifying Formula E racing celebrated with Williams Advanced Engineering

The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is celebrating the successful partnership with Formula E that has powered the series since its inception.

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Four years of electrifying Formula E racing celebrated with Williams Advanced Engineering

The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is celebrating the successful partnership with Formula E that has powered the series since its inception.

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Event Rooms

10 multi-purpose event rooms offering great flexibility for events of up to 200 guests in a modern and inspiring surrounding

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Driver Suites

The Ayrton Senna, Piers Courage and Alan Jones driver suites

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Trophy Room

The Trophy Room houses a selection of the team's prestigious silverware

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Circuit Gallery A

The Monza and Hockenheim meeting rooms

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Circuit Gallery B

The Barcelona, Estoril and Jerez event rooms

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Collection & Tours

Housed in the award-winning Williams Conference Centre is Sir Frank Williams' private Williams Grand Prix Collection, the largest of its kind in the world, spanning the history of the Williams F1 team since 1978

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Exclusive Tours

We offer bespoke tours for 10 or more guests with tailored catering

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Public Tours

The Williams Conference Centre is home to the largest private collection of Formula 1 cars in the world

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School and College Tours

Escorted tour of the Williams Grand Prix Collection, accompanied by an audio-visual commentary of the team's history and the stories behind the cars

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Activities

A wide range of activities are available at the Williams Conference Centre and can be used for team building and hospitality days or to enhance your events.

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Race Day Hospitality

Hosted at the Williams Conference Centre we offer a unique way to view an F1 race, with a review of qualifying, an exclusive live link up to a team member from the track, followed by the race itself

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Dining & Celebrations

We not only pride ourselves on the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, but also on our 5 star catering. Our in-house caterers offer the highest standard of cuisine, where possible using local organic suppliers and fair-trade produce

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Private Dining

As part of the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, we pride ourselves on our 5 star catering

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Car History

Williams Car History

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Guardians of Honour

Williams has an ever-growing catalogue of illustrious Grand Prix cars. Now Jonathan Williams and Dickie Stanford must dovetail this sumptuous history with the high-flying Formula 1 team of today

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

THE BOARD

According to UK corporate law, the Board of Directors is responsible for managing the business and has both supervisory and executive functions, including formulating, reviewing and approving the Company’s strategy, budgets and corporate actions.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Mike O'Driscoll, Group Chief Executive Officer

Mike O'Driscoll started his career in the UK with Jaguar Rover Triumph as a business student. He obtained an MBA from the University of Warwick, and held various positions in Finance, Product Development and Marketing, prior to his move to the U.S.A. with Jaguar Cars in 1987, as a marketing and sales executive. Starting in 1995, Mike held a number of senior management positions with Jaguar’s parent, Ford Motor Company, prior to his appointment as President of Jaguar Cars North America in 2000. The following year he became President of Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover's North American subsidiary. In 2007 he was appointed Managing Director of Jaguar Cars global operations, until he retired in March 2011. Mike was appointed to the Board in September 2011 as a Non-Executive Director and to his current role as Group Chief Executive Officer in May 2013.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal

After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Politics, Claire Williams joined Silverstone Circuit as a press officer. Claire joined Williams in 2002 and was promoted to Head of Communications in 2010, responsible for all internal and external communications. This role was extended to include Head of Investor Relations following the Company’s admission to the Open Market (Entry Standard Segment) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in March 2011. Claire was appointed to the Board as Commercial Director in April 2012 and extended her role to Deputy Team Principal in March 2013. In June 2016, it was announced that Claire was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to Formula One.

Mark Biddle, General Counsel and Company Secretary

After graduating from Cambridge University with a Masters in Law, Mark Biddle spent seven years working at Slaughter and May in London and then in Hong Kong, before taking a legal advisory role with Deutsche Bank. Eight years later in 2004 Mark became General Counsel of RAC PLC, remaining in this role for a year, until Aviva completed a successful takeover of the RAC. Following a nine-month contract as Senior Corporate Lawyer with Aviva, Mark spent several years as General Counsel to marketing company, Aegis Group PLC. Mark then took on the role of General Counsel for the Williams Group at the start of 2009. In addition to his directorship of the Company, Mark is Company Secretary of the Company and of each of the other Williams Group companies.

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer

Paddy was born in Nairobi, Kenya to Irish parents and grew up in East Africa and the UK. As a child the East African Safari Rally used to go past his house, generating his first interest in motorsport. After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1984 with a degree in Engineering, followed by a year sailing across the Atlantic, Paddy started work for the company which had sponsored him through university: the Metal Box Company based in Grove just around the corner from where Williams are located today. In 1987 he joined Williams as a Control Systems Engineer, based at that time in Didcot. He spent six years with Williams, during which time he oversaw the development of the active suspension used on the iconic FW14B and the FW15C, which led Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost to their World Championship successes in 1992 and 1993. After several years away Paddy returned to Williams in 2017 as Chief Technical Officer and was appointed to the board in March 2017.

Doug Lafferty, Chief Financial Officer

Doug graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BSc in Management Studies prior to starting his career as a Graduate Trainee at British American Tobacco (BAT) in 2001. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2003 before holding a variety of Finance Director and General Management positions whilst on international assignments with BAT to Greece, Romania, Serbia and Canada. After returning to the UK in 2013 Doug became the first Finance Director of BATs Next Generation Products business and in 2015 became Group Head of Commercial Finance, working closely with the group’s Marketing & Operations leadership teams. 

Doug’s final role at BAT was as Regional Head of Finance for the Americas before being appointed to the Board of Williams, in the capacity of CFO, in September 2017.

NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS 

Nick Rose, Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Nick Rose was educated at Oxford University, from where he has a Masters in Chemistry. He started his career with Ford Motor Company. In 1992, Nick joined Grand Metropolitan PLC as Group Treasurer before promotion to Group Controller and Chief Finance Officer of the drinks division. Nick played a key part in the merger with Guinness to create Diageo PLC and the company’s subsequent manoeuvre into a focussed drinks business. In 1999, Nick was appointed CFO of Diageo. Nick retired from Diageo at the end of December 2010. Nick today serves on the Board of BAE Systems PLC and BT Group PLC, where he is Senior Independent Director at both companies and chairs the respective Audit Committees, and is non-executive Chairman of Galore SPV1 Limited, a company that owns the Loch Lomond Scotch whisky business. Nick is also Founding Patron of SITraN (Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience), involved in raising funds to build a leading research institute to find a cure for Motor Neurone disease. Nick was appointed to the Board in November 2011 and is Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Renumeration and Nomination Committee.

Brad Hollinger, Non-Executive Director

Brad Hollinger was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC in April 2016, and has been a shareholder in the company since 2014. Brad is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare, an American specialty acute care hospital company based in Pennsylvania with over 10,000 employees, 92 hospitals and transitional care centres within the United States, and annual revenues of over $1billion. In this role Brad is responsible for the strategic direction, operational execution and profitability of Vibra Healthcare. Brad is also founder and CEO of The Hollinger Group, a senior care company with 17 facilities operating in four US states. Prior to founding Vibra Healthcare, he co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Balanced Care Corporation, a publicly traded senior care company that grew to 87 facilities in 11 US states. In addition, Brad served as chief development officer and executive vice president of the contract services group of Continental Medical Systems, a NYSE $1.5 billion dollar company.

COMMITTEES

The Company has established an Audit Committee and a Remuneration and Nomination Committee, with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. Terms of reference for each Committee are attached below.

REMUNERATION AND NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The Board of Directors is of the opinion that the size and nature of the Group does not justify setting up two distinct committees to deal with remuneration- and nomination-related matters and accordingly has established a combined Remuneration and Nomination Committee. The members of this Committee comprise of the Company's two non-executive directors. 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The members of the Audit Committee comprise of the Company's two non-executive directors.  With Nick Rose as one of those members, the Company satisfies the requirement of the UK Corporate Governance Code that at least one of the committee members should have recent and relevant financial experience.

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