On behalf of the Faraday Battery Challenge team I would like to express our shock, sadness and feeling of grief at the news of the sudden passing of Richard Parry-Jones, Chair of our Advisory Group. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.
Tony Harper is The Industrial Strategy Challenge Director for the Faraday Battery Challenge at UKRI. Tony was previously Director of Research Engineering for Jaguar Land Rover. Tony joined Jaguar as a Graduate Engineer in 1986 with an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. He spent his early career developing the first Airbag-based passive safety systems and developing a number of sports car concepts including the first XK8. In the early 1990's, Tony was involved in the development and use of pioneering Knowledge Based Engineering systems automating sophisticated rule-based Design tasks. In 1999, Tony was appointed as head of Jaguar’s Vehicle Engineering team responsible for Concept Design, Packaging, Aerodynamics and Vehicle Computer Aided Engineering. In 2006, Tony joined Jaguar Land Rover’s combined Product Development Operations to head up the Research and Advanced group. In recent years , Tony has worked closely with the EPSRC and Innovate UK on a number of large, strategic projects on Electrification and Autonomy. He’s a Chartered Engineer, fellow of the IMechE, an honorary fellow of the University Of Warwick, an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology group, sits on numerous advisory councils and has recently become a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.
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