Executive and Director Biographies

Mike Flewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business, in terms of product development, turnover and profit. Under his tenure, the company has launched its three-tier product family – Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series - and introduced a total of nine new cars or derivatives. Turnover has also grown by 66 percent from £285.4m (2013) to £475.5m (2014) and unprecedentedly, the company has recorded a profit since its third year of trading.

Looking forwards, Mike has recently led the Management team and Board of Directors to the approval of Track22, the business plan that looks to the next six years. This will see the company double its turnover (based on 2014) whilst always remaining profitable, and more than doubling sales volumes thanks, in part, to the introduction of 15 all-new cars or derivatives.

Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mike was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company.  Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. He qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.

Jolyon Nash

Executive Director – Global Sales and Marketing

Jolyon joined McLaren in July 2014 and in his role reports directly to McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. For the past five years, Jolyon has been Director, Sales & Marketing for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and has also held senior Sales and Marketing roles at BMW and the Volkswagen Group, as well as one of the largest vehicle importers in South Africa. Jolyon holds various professional qualifications from studying in London, Harvard and the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, driving and classic cars.

Andy Piatek

Executive Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Andy joined McLaren in May 2013 and became an Executive Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain in January 2014.

Prior to joining McLaren, he was Director of Manufacturing, Logistics and Operations at Honda UK – a position that culminated over five years at the company. While there he was responsible for manufacturing and operations of the Japanese manufacturer's plant in Swindon, Wiltshire.

In his current role Andy utilises his extensive experience to manage McLaren's supplier base and oversee manufacturing processes at the state-of-the-art McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Ruth Nic Aoidh

Executive Director - Commercial and Legal

Ruth joined McLaren Group in January 2009 as Legal Adviser, becoming Executive Director – Commercial & Legal at McLaren Automotive in January 2014. She was appointed Company Secretary in January 2016.  

Ruth’s current position at McLaren encompasses all commercial and legal facets of the business.  She plays a pivotal role in strategic and commercial affairs across McLaren Automotive overseeing all external engagements as well as developing and managing some of the key relationships with suppliers, retailers, regulatory authorities and strategic partners. Furthermore, she is responsible for managing all corporate governance and legal aspects of McLaren Automotive and its subsidiaries around the world.

Ruth is a member of the Executive Board, shaping and influencing key management decisions and future strategy of McLaren Automotive. She also sits on the Board of Directors acting as Company Secretary.

Prior to McLaren, Ruth worked in the Corporate departments of Baker & McKenzie in London and Matheson in Dublin. She graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws, and holds other post-graduate and professional qualifications from De Montfort University, The Law Society of Ireland and The Law Society of England & Wales.

Mark Vinnels

Executive Director – Programme Development

Mark joined McLaren Automotive in 2003 after 13 years at Lotus Cars where he was latterly Head of New Vehicle Programmes. In this role Mark had full programme responsibility for all new Elise, Exige and Europa product lines. Prior to this Mark was Programme Director for the Opel Speedster project, successfully taking to vehicle to production in less than two years. As Senior Programme Manager for the GM Family 1 Engine programme, Mark was instrumental in helping to develop one of GMs most successful and widely used engines. Prior to joining Lotus Mark held a number of roles within the Automotive industry and related consultancy practices.

Chris Goodwin

Chief Test Driver

Chris Goodwin's career began in racing with success in single seater championships leading to touring cars and factory GT drives in the International GT Endurance series.

Chris began working with McLaren in 1997, racing the legendary McLaren F1 GTR to victory in his first race. Simultaneously he was involved in the test program leading up to and including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

From here, he began to work more closely with McLaren on projects such as the Two Seater Formula 1 'Adrenalin' programme, and the cutting-edge ‘driver-in-the-loop' simulator.

He took on the new role of McLaren Chief Test Driver in 2000.

In this role, Chris was involved with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren project, before moving on to lead the development programme for the new range of McLaren sportscars. To date, this has seen the 12C introduced in 2011, followed by the 12C Spider, McLaren P1™ and, most recently, the 650S. Chris is now working on the next generation projects, the first of which to be launched will be the Sports Series as McLaren continues to build a range of groundbreaking supercars..

In addition to his work with McLaren road cars, Chris is also heavily involved with the exclusive McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme, alongside his motor sport role as a Director of McLaren GT.

Carlo Della Casa

Chief Technical Officer

Carlo joined McLaren Automotive in 2011 following a successful 18 year career at Ferrari where he led various teams in vehicle development, V8 project team, and chassis development. Della Casa takes responsibility for McLaren Automotive's engineering programme on its future range of high-performance sports cars.

Paul Buddin

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Buddin joined McLaren Automotive as Financial Controller in June 2010, quickly becoming Director of Finance and then Chief Financial Officer in January 2016.  He was made Acting Chief Financial Officer for McLaren Group in 2018 alongside his Automotive role. Since joining the company he has been a key part of driving its growth by working across the business (including Product Development, Manufacturing and Sales and Marketing) to deliver the ambitious growth plans.  While with the company, Paul has been part of the senior team that has seen revenues increase from zero to £650M in 2017 and delivered four successive years of profitability since the company was launched.

Just before becoming Chief Financial Officer Paul’s role was to lead business strategy and he was the key author of the Track 22 business plan, the business plan that looks to the next six years of growth. This will see the company double its turnover (based on 2014) whilst always remaining profitable, and more than doubling its sales volumes thanks, in part, to the introduction of 15 all-new cars or derivatives.

Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Paul had several roles within the accounting and advisory practice at KPMG.  In these roles, he worked with a number of clients across a variety of industries.  Paul also holds a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Bath and spent time at CERN in Geneva working on the Large Hadron Collider.

Frank Stephenson

Design Director

Frank joined McLaren in 2008 from Fiat Auto where he was Design Director for Fiat/Lancia and then Alfa Romeo. While there he led the design of cars such as the Fiat 500, Alfa Mito and Fiat Bravo. Previously he was Design Director at Ferrari and Maserati where he was responsible for the Ferrari 612, Ferrari 430, Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati MC12. Frank began his career at BMW where he designed the X5 and the MINI, eventually becoming Design Director for MINI.

Alan Foster

Executive Director of Operations

Alan joined McLaren in 2005 from GM where he spent eight years. Whilst there he was responsible for lean consulting and operations management in Europe and the US covering press, body, paint, assembly and new vehicle launches. Prior to this he worked with Toyota for six years. His work at Toyota included plastics, moulding, manufacturing engineering, body painting and maintenance. Alan also worked with Japanese suppliers for Toyota's Elite Lean Manufacturing Group OMCD in Japan. ? Before joining Toyota he spent 16 years at Ford where he gained his foundation in the field of manufacturing while working on tool manufacture as well as process engineering. Alan holds an MBA from Cranfield University and a first class honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering.