Ian Watson (Chair)
Ian was appointed as Chair of GASP in July 2019. He is a chartered accountant. He spent many years with PWC and is currently the part owner and CEO of a small consultancy business. He has many years of experience in both the private and charity sectors, particularly in relation to organisations going through change or those striving for improvement. He has significant governance experience gained though his roles as a non-executive committee member, director and/or trustee at a significant number of organisations. In the non-profit sector these include Homeless Link, Independent Age, McMaster University Trust, Phoenix House, Salvation Army Housing Association, The Connection at St Martin-In-The-Fields and The Eikon Charity.
Robert Pickles (Vice Chair)
Bob retired in the summer of 2020 after 32 years employed by Canon UK & Ireland, headquartered in Reigate. He held a series of senior roles at Canon, most recently as Head of Corporate & Government Affairs. Since retiring, he has been able to focus on a number of volunteer roles: he is a Trustee on two charity boards, a governor at Orbital South Colleges Group, and brings to GASP Motor Project very relevant experience, knowledge and connections as Chair of the Surrey County Council’s Employment and Skills Board. This board aims to represent the skills needs of Surrey employers, and to facilitate better relationships between local employers with skills stakeholders including education/training providers and other skills organisations. Bob loves walking in the Surrey Hills as often as possible.
Richard Draisey (Treasurer and Company Secretary)
Richard was appointed as a GASP Trustee, Treasurer and Company Secretary in August 2020. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Financial Planning and Analysis expert and more recently has moved into Strategy and Transformation. His career has spanned analytical roles for Shell and Siemens, audit with Menzies LLP and now working as Director of Finance Partnering and Transformation at McLaren Racing. Richard is currently enrolled with London Business School developing his strategic leadership skills. Richard was brought up in Surrey, is married with 3 children and likes to be kept pretty busy! He enjoys the complexity and challenge of F1 and is keen to share experience to support the GASP Motor Project and contribute to it’s fantastic work in the community.
Adam brings experience from the education sector to GASP, through his current role as Deputy Head of English at Godalming College where he is a Trustee on the Corporation Board. He is also the college’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer with a focus on promoting inclusivity of learning. A keen motor enthusiast, Adam recognised all major UK car brands at the age of two from their logos and so the opportunity to fuse a lifelong interest in the automobile world with educational progress seems a natural fit for GASP.
John and his wife Bela had provided funding for our work at GASP for several years before he joined the GASP Board in February 2018. He presented an award at our second Awards event at McLaren in 2015, in his capacity as Chairman of both ExxonMobil International and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Now retired from those roles, his strategic experience in the global oil industry and his engineering interests are a great fit for GASP – he built a Caterham 7 in his garage, where he’s now working on a plane!
David Davis DL
A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and a member of Surrey County Council for 16 years, including two years as Council Chairman, David brings a blend of professional engineering and management skills with an extensive knowledge of local authorities and awareness of the social problems in the county.
Ian is an Automotive Engineer who once rebuilt a Mini engine on his mother’s kitchen table. He has been in the car industry ever since graduation 25 years ago. His career has spanned Engineering, Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing for Ford, Nissan, and lately as Global Head of Product Management at McLaren. He returned to England after 17 years abroad having experienced life in Germany, China and Switzerland and has made Guildford home with his wife and daughter. A self-confessed petrolhead, GASP gives him chance to use professional skills to pass on enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation.
Stephen is a solicitor and partner in the City of London based international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP. He has an international practice representing principally clients involved in the shipping industry. Stephen was brought up in Surrey and has lived in the Guildford area since 1988 following his return from Hong Kong. He is an active oarsman and a licensed British Rowing umpire, and is happy to bring his interests and skillsets to further the work of GASP.
Margaret worked as a senior manager in the Higher Education sector for over 20 years. Since she retired, she has used her skills and experience as a volunteer and is currently a member of the Council at Royal Holloway, University of London, a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust and several smaller grant giving charities. In the past she was Chair of the Corporation at Godalming 6th Form College and a Trustee of the Guildford Institute. Margaret has expertise in strategic planning, business planning and development, constructing and managing partnerships, people management, fund-raising, marketing and PR.
Bruce has spent 46 years in the Automotive Industry before retiring after holding Directorships at 2 major franchised Motor Groups. The experience gained was not only in general business management but also included a service directorship where he was responsible for the operation of a network of service departments generating customer satisfaction through quality and care from a stable well trained workforce. On a personal level, Bruce, as a schoolboy was part of the opening ceremony at the 1966 World Cup at Wembley and on a business level has carried out many media interviews on Automotive matters. Before retiring he was able to utilise his business to sponsor a local Rugby Club and in turn it’s community work. He has similarly fund raised through business for various charities. Bruce has lived locally for 45 years.
A highly experienced business leader with almost 30 years experience with BP – and currently an adviser to a variety of small and large national and international firms – Richard shares his expertise as a professional practitioner in developing business strategies and implementing change in organisations.