Leadership & High Performance Speaker
Richard West is an internationally experienced businessman, motivational speaker and published author with a commercial background in Formula 1® Motor Racing.
His earlier career encompassed senior sponsorship and marketing roles with the McLaren, Arrows and the Williams F1® Teams as well as being a main board director of the TWR Jaguar Team, winners of the classic Le Mans and Daytona 24 hour sports car races. During his career he has raised one hundred and sixty-five million USD’s worth of sponsorship.
Richard West also acted as the overall Administrator of the British Touring Car Championship for a four year period and he has worked with racing greats such as Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher.
A published author, his ‘Performance at the Limit – Business Lessons from Formula 1® Motor Racing’ series of books have been released in three separate editions to date in English, Japanese, Chinese and Turkish. The original edition served as the inspiration for the award-winning BBC World eight-part TV documentary series ‘Formula for Success’ which Richard West also researched and co-presented.
In recent years Richard West has overseen the building and operation of a bespoke rail sector performance and safety training centre in Melbourne Australia as well as delivering speaking and training assignments in the UAE and within the UK and Europe for a wide range of clients. Additionally, he is a Visiting Fellow of the Cranfield School of Management.
Drawing upon personal business experiences and his time spent working with world beating teams and Drivers, allied to the learnings obtained from the ‘Performance at the Limit’ research process and the extensive knowledge gained from 95 interviews with 65 respondents contained within the three editions, his Speaking Topics include:
- Creating and Maintaining High Performing Business Teams
- Managing Change
We would like to thank for you for a great inspirational talk in Istanbul. We heard a lot of positive feedback from everyone, and it was very good to tie up the F1 topic and our objectives, so many thanks
— Coca Cola Africa and Middle East
Your impact on our managers was profound and thoroughly reinforced all of the key messages we wanted to get across. Thank you for listening to us and for shaping your presentations to complement what you heard. A great way to work and hugely collaborative. You walk the talk. Brilliant!!
— Group Projects and Operations, Subsea7
Many thanks for coming to speak at our event. Not only did you nail the messages, but you also entertained, informed and rejuvenated a tired audience to the point where I must have spent 90% of my evening talking about both you and F1 with my colleagues! I am sure you’ll be glad to hear the feedback was universally positive. Ordinarily, I’d like to offer some constructive criticism, but I did not hear a word of anything other than praise all night
— IBM UK,