First UK Motorsport Development Board meeting

The inaugural meeting of the UK's industry- and sport-led Motorsport Development Board will be held in Northampton tomorrow in the office of the new Government Motorsport Unit which has been created to coordinate the initiative. The role of the MDB, which succeeds the strategically focused Motorsport Competitiveness Panel, will be to implement the recommendations set out in the MCP's final report to sustain and develop the UK's industry cluster, known as 'Motorsport Valley'

First UK Motorsport Development Board meeting

The MCP recommendations included joint industry, sport and government initiatives to improve motorsport skills, education and training services, to foster increased motorsport technology and business development, and to encourage wider participation in the sport by making it more accessible and socially inclusive.

The GMU will collaborate nationally with the four regional development agencies linked with 'Motorsport Valley', as well as the DTI and other regional and national agencies across the UK. It will also act as a coordination point for public sector enquiries from UK motorsport companies.

The RDAs are the East Midlands Development Agency, the East of England Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands and the South of England Development Agency. EMDA representative Graham Brown, who will lead the GMU, stated: "This is a unique development in terms of how the government has traditionally sponsored British industry sectors."




Chairman: Paul Barron (ALSTOM)


Joint deputy chairs: Mike Baunton (Perkins Diesel), Roger Putnam (Ford)


Board members: Robert Fearnall (Association of Motor Racing Circuit Owners), Alex Hooton (BRDC), Chris Aylett (MIA), David Richards (Prodrive)


Co-opted for one year: Garel Rhys (Cardiff Business School), John Grant (Motor Sports Association), Alan Gow (Motorsport Strategy Development Group), George Lendrum (Pi Research)

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