Non-Executive Directors

Peter Ward – Chairman

Peter Ward has held a number of senior automotive & engineering roles including Chairman/CEO of Rolls -Royce Bentley and MD Operations of Vickers plc. He has lived and worked in the USA as Chairman/CEO of Cunard and ran one of the world’s largest automotive trading companies from Hong Kong. He has held Board appointments with Harley Davidson Inc, DLA Piper and Ricardo plc and has chaired a variety of engineering/early stage company's in recent years.

Peter has been Chairman at YASA since 2013.



Steve Parker

Steve Parker is Chair of the Board of Governors at Coventry University, a Non-Executive Director of TRL Ltd and a Non-Executive Director and Senior Advisor to FEV GmbH. Stephen held a number of senior industry positions including Group Strategy Director Unipart Group, Group Director and member of the Board of Ricardo Plc, Vice President of A.T. Kearney, & Business Director and General Manager of Perkins Technology at Perkins Engines Group.

Steve joined the YASA board in December 2016.



Arthur Connelly

Arthur Connelly is Group Operations Strategy Director at Rolls Royce Plc. Prior to joining Rolls Royce Arthur was COO at GKN Automotive & GKN Driveline having previously been CEO of GKN Driveshafts Division.  Arthur has held a number of senior positions in the automotive industry including CEO at Comau UK (Fiat Spa), President Valeo Thermal Systems North America and Managing Director of Magnetti Marelli Rotating Machines UK (Fiat Spa).

Arthur joined the YASA board in February 2017.



David Ball

David Ball represents Parkwalk Advisors on the YASA board.  David has 20 years’ experience in financial markets, including 15 years as equity portfolio manager and partner with Tudor Investment Corp.  David is a Chartered Accountant, and holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University.

David joined the YASA board in December 2014.



Mike Mason

Mike Mason is an engineer who founded ClimateCare, the world’s first carbon trading business.  ClimateCare was sold to JP Morgan where for three years he was a Managing Director.  Mike was appointed Energy Advisor to the President of Maldives where his brief was to create the world’s first fully renewable economy.  This was interrupted by a coup d’état. Mike is the Oxford Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford, he is leading research initiatives into new solar hydro hybrid power stations and bio-energy.

Mike joined the YASA board in August 2012.



Andrew Birrell

Andrew Birrell represents Universal Partners Limited on the YASA board. Andrew is an Executive Director and founder of Universal Partners. He trained as an Actuary and spent a large part of his career in financial services, primarily as CFO of fast growing, entrepreneurial insurance businesses, but also as Group CRO and Chief Actuary of Old Mutual Plc. He has managed large investment portfolios, delivered operational and strategic change and incubated a number of successful start ups and new ventures.

Andrew joined the YASA board in August 2017.