F1 Driver - Two time World Champion
Fernando Alonso is a Spanish racing driver currently racing for Alpine in Formula One. He won the series' World Drivers' Championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, having also driven for McLaren, Ferrari and Minardi. With Toyota, Alonso won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in 2018 and 2019, and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018–19. In 2019, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Motorsport Australia Board Member and AIMSS Director
Kristen sits on the Motorsport Australia Board as the elected Director for South Australia and the Northern Territory. Kristen as a grass-roots competitor brings many years of experience in administration and competition in Motorsport.
Safety Director - FIA
Adam studied Engineering in Melbourne, where he also completed post-graduate studies in Law. His career began at Holden in Australia in 1998, working high-performance road car projects for Holden Special Vehicles. His work there introduced him to the parent company Tom Walkinshaw Racing who offered him the chance to work in motorsport full-time. Adam started at TWR in 2001, where he worked in the Indy Car Series in the United States.
In 2002, Adam switched to Cosworth, moving to Formula 1 and spending one season with Arrows, Jordan, and Jaguar. In 2005, Adam joined BMW in Munich and worked in several roles within BMW-Williams, and later BMW-Sauber. Adam eventually became the Head of the Race & Test department for the F1 powertrain.
After eight seasons working trackside in F1, Adam moved to the BMW World Superbike team. A year later, he became Head of Powertrain Development at BMW Motorsport before moving trackside again to lead the Race & Test department for five years. He was responsible for the racing activities across all BMW Motorsport projects, including WEC, Formula E, and DTM.
In 2018 Adam joined the FIA as Safety Director, responsible for preventing fatal and serious injury in all forms of motorsport.
Motorsport Australia Steward
John has been a Motorsport Australia Official and Clerk of Course for over 20 years. Some of his roles include Chief Safety Officer & Deputy Clerk of Course for National Capital Rally (ARC/APRC), Results Manager (WRC) & Deputy Clerk of Course for the ARC at Rally Coffs Harbour (ARC/WRC), as well as numerous club events with North Shore Sporting Car Club.
John is a Motorsport Australia Steward and appointed as a Tribune. He has competed in the past at club level and worked with Neal Bates Motorsport in guest hosting and sponsor experience.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Jacky is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Accident & Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the Medical Team Coordinator for the Hong Kong Automobile Association. Jacky was part of the team to coordinate medical services for Formula ePrix Hong Kong 2016, 2017 and 2019. Jacky is involved in the development and deployment of Virtual Reality medical and safety training systems.
F1 Steward - AIMSS Chair
Gary Connelly was widely known as a rally driver, competing in the World Rally Championship for a long time. He helped to bring the rally championship to Australia and was on the board of organisers for the event. He also held the position of Clerk of the Course for Rally Australia, stepping down in late 2002.
As a member of the World Motorsport Council for the FIA, and a director of the Institute of Motorsport Safety in Australia, Connelly can take an overview of how motorsport is shaping up. He also delves into the details for Formula One, having been an FIA Observer and a Steward since 1989. He undertakes those roles in the World Rally and World Touring Car Championships as well.
Chief Medical Officer at Rally Australia
Matt is a Colorectal Surgeon based in Melbourne and has been involved in motorsport medicine for 23 years. His main interest lies in Rallysport, but he has also been active in circuit events, tarmac rallying and desert racing. Matt is currently the CMO for Rally Australia, Assistant CMO for the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix and Chair of the National Medical Advisory Committee for Motorsport Australia.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys torturing himself on bicycles and spending time with his young family.
Managing Director - Triple Eight Race Engineering
Roland has extensive automotive business experience in the UK and Australia. Roland was the founder of the Park Lane (UK) vehicle acquisition business in the UK some 30 years ago.
Roland moved to Australia in 2002, where he founded the highly successful Triple Eight Race Engineering. Triple Eight has now won nine Supercars Teams Championships, eight Drivers titles and seven Bathurst 1000 crowns.
Keynote: Evolution of Safety Equipment over 15 years
Product Manager - AIMSS
Ash Dunbabin is a Product Manager with extensive experience building and delivering IT Products with compelling user experiences.
Ash has a passion for motorsport and is utilising his unique Product knowledge to deliver a critical tool to improve safety in motorsport via the Crashtag Platform.
Motorsport New Zealand Chief Clerk of the Course
Craig is a Motorsport New Zealand Official with 20 years of experience. During the past 16 years, he has been a member of the MSNZ Race Championship Management team filling several roles.
Craig has held the position of Race Director for the New Zealand championship for Toyota 86, Formula Ford, V8 Utes and V8 touring cars. Craig is the Clerk of the Course for the Supercars round in New Zealand and held this role since 2013.
Craig is also a Steward and a Competitor Relations Officer, and last September, Craig was appointed Motorsport New Zealand Chief Clerk of the Course.
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Former F1 Driver
Romain Grosjean is a racing driver with French-Swiss nationality due to compete in the 2021 IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing. Grosjean had previously spent nine seasons in Formula One for a variety of teams, picking up 10 podiums.
WRC Deputy Medical Delegate for Asia and Oceania at Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Dr Rik Hagen started medical life as a country GP in Harvey, Western Australia, where he practised for 12 years.
For more than 20 years, he has worked as an Emergency Doctor in the Emergency Department of St John of God Hospital at Murdoch. During that time, he has also worked a total of 8 years half time at the Royal Flying Doctor Service based in Perth and has also been a Clinical Skills Tutor at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.
His main hobby over the years has been motorsport medicine working at a State, National and International level. Dr Hagen has held senior medical positions in Australian Rally Championship events, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, the World Rally Championship and Formula 1. He currently is the FIA World Rally Championship Deputy Medical Delegate for Asia and Oceania.
Chief Medical Officer at Australian Institute of Sport
Dr David Hughes is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician with over 25 years experience working in high performance sport. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the AIS and Medical Director for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020/2021. David is the Chair of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Sport and Health Advisory Committee and is a former President of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).
Dr Hughes’ current work focus is on system-wide protocols to optimise athlete health/safety and ethical/integrity challenges in high performance sport.
Karyn has been a motorsport medical officer for over 28 years and has worked as a Cheif Medical Officer, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, MIV and a trackside Medical Officer.
Karyn is an advocate for female participation in motorsport and was a committee member with Women of Australian Motor Sport (2015-2018, Deputy Chair 2018) and the Australian Women in Motorsport Commission (2019-2020).
Karyn developed and coordinated the Trans-Tasman Supercars female officials exchange and is passionate about health and safety within the motorsport community.
Karyn has been a Motorsport Australia NMAC member since 2018 and an ICMS member since 2002.
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Critical Care Physician & AIMSS Director
Matthew is an Intensive Care and Emergency medicine specialist who works as a motorsport doctor from trackside to race control and club level to world championships, including circuit, rally and off-road endurance categories. He is the Deputy CMO for both the Australian F1 GP and WRC.
Matthew has engaged as an online educator and knowledge disseminator for critical care and motorsport safety through sites such as Rollcage Medic, the Intensive Care Network, Life In The Fast Lane and conferences such as SMACC and the forthcoming Games4Change: Asia-Pacific.
He is the co-host of the ICMS Cafe with Dan Marin, an AIMSS board member and co-editor for the FIA's AUTO+Medical. For laughs, Matthew is a 3D printing tinker, mountain biker and drummer.
Bathurst Race Winner - 2014 & Managing Director of Norwell Motorplex
Paul is a highly successful racing driver and businessman. He has been competing since 1987 at all levels of motorsport. He won the Bathurst 1000 in 2014.
On four occasions, Paul has won the Australian Super Touring Car Championship. Currently, Paul competes in the Stadium Super Truck category.
Paul is also the owner and operator of the highly successful Norwell Motorplex, located in Logan Shire between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Panel Discussion - Keeping grass-roots safe. How do we balance safety and cost?
Intensive Care Paramedic
Mal is a father of two boys and has worked around motorsport as both a volunteer and professional since he was 16 years old.
Mal started prehospital care in 2005 and is currently an Intensive Care Paramedic Duty Manager for the Southern Region of Ambulance Tasmania with post-graduate qualifications in emergency health, Intensive Care Paramedicine and currently completing Tactical Medicine.
Mal has worked in all manner of land and water-based motorsport from grassroots lawnmower racing to international category drag, rally, safari, circuit and ocean racing.
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Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd
Dr Myers is a Mechanical Engineer who spent 30 years leading his own technology start-up engaged in implementing computer aided engineering technology into major manufacturers around the world including BOEING, Toyota, IBM, Australian Department of Defence & Tata Technologies.
In 1998 Dr Myers created the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation to engage students into STEM career pathways through programs like F1 in Schools.
President of the Ceylon Motor Sports Club
Niroshan is the President of the Ceylon Motor Sports Club in Sri Lanka. Niroshan holds many FIA posts, including; Vice President of the FIA Digital Motor Sports Commission, Secretary of the FIA Asian Zone, and is a Member of the FIA ASN Development Task Force.
Niroshan is passionate about grassroots motorsport in Sri Lanka and has been actively involved in its development during the last 20 years.
Panel Discussion - Keeping grass-roots safe. How do we balance safety and cost?
Program Manager at MSR Group
Karl Riendler is an Australian Racing car driver who has competed in Supercars, Formula 3, A1 GP and much more.
Division Manager Safety & Race Operations at Motorsport Australia
David Stuart is the current Division Manager – Safety and Race Operations for Motorsport Australia, with over 25 years of experience in the industry. David holds an engineering degree and mechanical engineer qualifications and spent 15 years as an Engineer and in Team Management of Supercars Championship teams covering all technical aspects.
David has acted as race engineer for the likes of Shane van Gisbergen, Alex Davison, Jason Bright, Will Davison and Dick Johnson Racing.
Treasurer – Motor Sports Singapore
Janette is a member of the FIA Volunteers & Officials Commission, the FIA Women in Motorsports Commission and the FIA Circuits Commission and serves as the Treasurer for Motor Sports Singapore.
In early 2020, Janette was selected as the winner of the inaugural Charlie Whiting Award. The Charlie Whiting award is for future Race Directors to hone their skills by understudying and tapping on the various FIA International Race experience Directors.
Janette is the Deputy Clerk of the Course for the Singapore Grand Prix and the Head of Department for Race Operations at Singapore GP Pte Ltd. On top of managing approximately 900 volunteers and officials daily, Janette coordinates all matters relating to the Singapore F1 Race.
She has been a volunteer for local motorsports since 2005 and is still actively involved in our local Singapore race series.
Former F1 Driver - World Endurance Champion
Mark Alan Webber AO is an Australian former professional racing driver who competed in Formula One (F1) from 2002 to 2013 and the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2014 and 2016. He is a champion of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for Porsche with German Timo Bernhard and New Zealander Brendon Hartley.