Ward spent 12 years as FIA Foundation Director General, his Deputy Saul Billingsley has been appointed Acting Director General while they recruit a permanent successor.
In a statement posted on the FIA Foundation website, Ward said: “After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election. The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign. Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate, and whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now.
He added: “It has been a great privilege and words cannot express my gratitude to the trustees and staff for the support and loyalty I have been given since the Foundation was established in 2001. The Foundation has given me an extraordinary opportunity for professional fulfilment, building up the charity, creating a dedicated team, developing innovative activities that have reshaped the international agenda’s approach to road safety and the environment.”
The FIA Foundation is an independent UK charity which promotes road safety, the environment and sustainable transport alongside funding motorsport safety research.
Ward has a strong background in road safety and environmental issues alongside his 12-year stint at the FIA Foundation. He spent more than a decade on the board of the European New Car Assessment Programme and now holds the roles of trustee and secretary general of the Global New Car Assessment Programme. He has also been involved in the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety – which has been promoted by the FIA.
Earlier in his career, Ward was a policy advisor to Labour party leader John Smith until the latter’s death in 1994. Two years later he became involved in the FIA as an advisor to then-president Max Mosley until he lost presidency to Jean Todt in 2009. However Mosley has continued to work with Ward thanks to his chairmanship of Global NCAP.
Candidates wishing to stand for FIA presidency must submit their election lists between October 23rd and November 13th.
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