MIA appoints Nick Wills, OBE as business development director

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) has appointed a new business development director to strengthen its Motorsport to Defence initiative. Nick Wills, OBE joins the MIA to help enhance connections for motorsport companies within the defence sector, open new avenues for creating business partnerships and maximise business opportunities.

A founding member of the MIA’s Motorsport to Defence initiative, Wills has worked on the project since its inception in 2007 and has overseen a number of high profile events. Awarded an OBE in 2005 for services for the army, Wills has spent the past 10 years of his 30 year army career focusing on the process and delivery of research and development, including trialling and acquiring land-based equipment and vehicles.

Wills said: “I am thrilled to be joining the MIA at such an exciting time. Having worked on the Motorsport to Defence initiative for so long it will be great to focus on generating more activity. My initial plan is to expand the programme to include more large scale events such as the parliamentary day in July, and to build upon new and existing relationships between motorsport and the defence sector.”

Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA added: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nick in this new role. After many years working alongside Nick, it is great to have him on board. His experience within the army and defence sectors will be a valuable aid to the development of the Motorsport to Defence initiative and he will play a vital role in expanding all areas of our defence research, lobbying and enterprise.

“Motorsport companies are uniquely placed to work within defence, as they have the unequalled capabilities and fast response attributes that are unique to our sector. I look forward to working with Nick to help to maximise this opportunity.”

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