Dr Richard Parry-Jones, CBE
FORMER GROUP VICE-PRESIDENT GLOBAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER AND HEAD OF GLOBAL R&D OPERATIONS FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Richard Parry-Jones was the group vice-president global product development, chief technical officer and head of global R&D operations at Ford Motor Company. During his 38 year career there, Parry-Jones was responsible for designing over 70 cars, including one of the world’s top-rated cars, the Ford Modeo. Inspired by his mother’s love of cars, Parry-Jones was twelve when he first wrote to Ford about job opportunities and 17 when he joined the company on an apprenticeship. He has advised the Welsh Government on economic development, transport, energy and IT infrastructure and also worked with central government, including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where he chaired the new Automotive Innovation and Growth Team and then the Automotive Council UK.