KWSP appoints Will Phillips as technical director

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KW Special Projects (KWSP), a UK-based engineering consultancy specialising in technology transfer across industries, has further strengthened its experienced team with the appointment of a technical director, Will Phillips – the former Indycar vice president of technology.

The appointment of Phillips marks the next phase in KWSP’s progressive expansion strategy. It further enhances the business’s knowledge and expertise to elevate two way horizontal innovation between the acclaimed technologies developed in the motorsport sector, and a diverse range of other industry sectors, from industrial inkjet and automotive to life sciences, defence and high performance sports.

Phillips, a highly respected figure in motorsport engineering with over two decades of experience, has an established association with KWSP and many of its longstanding clients, through sister company KWM which he co-founded in 2003. Having spent the past 11 years in Indianapolis USA, as VP of technology for the world-renowned Indycar series and director of engineering of Highcroft Racing (LMP championship winner 2010), among other similar positions within high profile teams, Phillips’ deep understanding of technical innovation and application is demonstrable.

“I am absolutely delighted we’ve attracted Will back to the UK and to the KWSP team,” explained Kieron Salter, managing director of KWSP. “There is real growth potential in our approach of applied technologies and horizontal innovation stemming from our credible motorsport DNA. “With the appointment of Will, given his depth of experience in motorsport engineering and wider technical leadership, we expect to see this trajectory continuing into the foreseeable future and providing advantages for both KWSP and the increasing requirements for technology transfer across industries.”

“While I’ve had a great thirteen years working in US racing, this was an exciting opportunity to move back to the UK to join the KWSP team at this pivotal time of their business growth,” added Phillips. “Much of my time will be spent developing forward thinking motorsport based projects with clients to enrich the technical foundation. I am also relishing the opportunity to work with new industry sectors to apply this technology and know-how and support the strong Special Projects team that Kieron has developed.”

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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