WAE, the engineering services and technology division of the Williams Group that includes the WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Formula One team, is pleased to announce that experienced engineering industry executive Paul McNamara has joined the company in the role of Technical Director.
In this new role Paul will report to WAE’s Managing Director Craig Wilson and will be responsible for overseeing the overall technical management and delivery of the company’s expanding range of projects in the automotive, motorsport, energy, defence and civil aerospace sectors.
Before joining Williams Paul worked as an Executive Director at Shanghai Automotive Industries, based at their Technical Centre in the UK, but working for much of the time in the Chinese operation as part of the global team to set future product direction and deliver current programmes to market. Prior to SAIC he worked for more than 20 years at Ricardo during which time he was the UK Engineering Director for five years and Managing Director of the UK divisions for a further five years. During his time at Ricardo he directed major projects for key customers such as Ford, Volvo, Hyundai and McLaren.
Established in 2010, WAE specialises in high performance energy efficient products and services with a particular focus on advanced lightweight materials, hybrid power systems and electronics, aerodynamics and thermodynamics, dynamics, and holistic integration capabilities. The company’s projects include working with Formula E to develop batteries for the world’s first fully electric racing series, collaborating with Nissan on its Nismo range of products, and a partnership with Hanergy to bring Formula One derived energy storage technologies to its solar energy products.
Speaking about his appointment Paul McNamara said; “In its short history WAE has started to develop a reputation for exceptional quality, creativity, and innovation in the diverse and increasingly high profile projects it undertakes. It’s these qualities that have attracted me to the company and I want to use my past experiences to help the business fulfil its potential. I will be working closely with our engineering teams to ensure that we deliver projects to the standards expected of the Williams brand name.”
Craig Wilson, Managing Director of WAE, added; “We are delighted to welcome someone of Paul’s pedigree to the company in the new role of Technical Director. He has extensive experience of high level strategic planning and technical management across a range of industry sectors, as well as first-hand experience of operating in emerging new markets across the world. We are at a very exciting time for WAE; the pull from the market for our unique blend of Formula One bred energy efficient solutions is strong and Paul will be playing a key role in continuing our drive forwards and ensuring that we continue to build a reputation for delivering projects in an agile and innovative way.”