...the people behind the scenes


When Sir Jackie Stewart, Ken Tyrrell and Jackie Oliver created the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust over 20 years ago, they invited some very special people to become trustees with them. People whose own particular experiences and expertise would really make a difference when it came to helping mechanics in times of need as well as ensuring that the trust was operated properly and prudently, thus giving maximum benefit to the people that matter most.   Some of the trustees have been on the Board since the inception of the Trust, others have been appointed more recently, but as a team they work well and hard, on a voluntary basis, to support the GP Mechanics.


Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Founder and Chairman of the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust, Sir Jackie is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time. The Scot won three world titles and went on to run the successful F1 team – Stewart Grand Prix.

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James Allen

James has worked in F1 for 22 years as a writer and broadcaster. He runs the successful website jamesallenonf1.com and is f1 correspondent for the FT. This year he also became the f1 correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Martin Brundle  

A veteran of nine seasons in Formula 1, Brundle moved into broadcasting after retiring in 1996. In 2012 he joined the new and dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel and also returning to the Le Mans 24 hour race with his 21 year old son, Alex. 

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Brian Clark

A solicitor with over twenty years’ experience advising drivers and teams both as a lawyer and as part of their management team.

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Peter Hamlyn

Peter Hamlyn has practiced as a Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon for 20 years. He has led several neurosurgical teams in some of London’s elite teaching hospitals and worked closely with the late Professor Sid Watkins.  

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Patrick Head

Co-founder of Williams F1, Patrick has been responsible for designing several World Championship winning cars and overseen 113 Grand Prix wins.

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John Hogan

Former Vice President Marketing and Sales at Philip Morris International, and, for twenty nine years, responsible for the F1 programme and most other sponsorship activities world-wide.

Michael Jakeman

Experienced F1 mechanic formerly with Williams, Benetton and Jaguar. Now running his own business restoring F1 cars.

Jo Ramirez

Ramirez enjoyed a long career in the pit lane as mechanic, team manager and co-ordinator which spanned four decades and several teams including Tyrrell and, most memorably, McLaren.

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Dave Ryan

A former speedway racer, Dave Ryan left New Zealand for England in his late teens and joined McLaren as a mechanic, working on Jochen Mass’ McLaren M23. He spent 35 years with the team before leaving to set up Von Ryan Racing to compete in GT racing.

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Mark Smith


With Unilever for 28 years to date, Mark is now responsible for all aspects of Tax, Treasury, Pensions and Insurance at the company, as well as being a life-long fan of both four wheel and two wheel motorsport.

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Michael Tee

Beginning as a Grand Prix photographer for leading publications including Motor Sport and Motoring News, Michael went on to found photographic agency LAT Archives and successful PR agency CSS Promotions.

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