Lord Astor served in Government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) until May 2015, and was Honorary President of the MIA from 1996 until 2010. His tireless support for the motorsport industry, raising matters of value and encouraging intelligent, well-informed debate has helped steer a positive course for this UK industry. Lord Astor resumed his position as Honorary President in 2015 and has held it ever since.
Business Development Director - Williams Advanced Engineering - the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. Providing world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance to the Automotive, Motorsport, Civil Aerospace, Defence, Sports Science and Energy Sectors.
Director Grainger & Worrall Ltd, the leading supplier of high performance castings to the motorsport industry.
Past President of The Sports Industries Federation, with a broad portfolio of successful international business interests. Ex-driver/team owner.
Managing Director, West Surrey Racing (WSR) - leading design company. Manufacturing, development & race team for Touring Cars and single seaters. International motor sport facility design (FIA approved). BRDC member.
Managing Director of DC Electronics in the UK and CEO DCE Inc. in the USA – leading manufacturers of high performance vehicle electrical systems for motorsport, military and automotive vehicles.
President, Xtrac - leading suppliers of gearbox and transmission components for racing and rally cars. BRDC member.
Managing Director, Alcon - leading designers and manufacturers of brake and clutch components for racing, rallying and performance road cars.
Director, Bentley Motorsport, from 2000 to date. Post Le Mans programme, now concentrating on GT3 works and customer Bentley Motorsport.
Managing Director, JK Motorsport Consultancy; Jim Russell Management. Life President of Association of Racing Driver Schools (ARDS). In January 2019, John was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the MIA for 25 years' loyal service to the motorsport industry.