Tuesday, 18 December 2012 13:43
Report - 'Top' man Gillan leaves Williams - Mark Gillan, chief operations engineer, has left the Williams Formula One team.
Citing the confirmation of a team spokesperson, Reuters news agency reports that Gillan, who only joined the famous British team in September of 2011, wants to "spend more time with his family".
In 2002 he joined the Jaguar Formula 1 team where he held the positions of Head of Vehicle Performance and Chief Race and Test Engineer. At the start of 2005 he left the team, now called Red Bull Racing, to take up a professorship at the University of Surrey, taking the Sir George Edwards Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director of Surrey’s Advanced Vehicle Analysis Group.
Gillan was recruited by Toyota in 2006 to head their aerodynamics department and at the end of 2009 he set up a consultancy business, which provided technical input to a leading Formula One team. At the same time, returning to the University of Surrey as Professor of Vehicle Engineering to lead the SAVAG research group.
Reuters claimed that, alongside Mike Coughlan and Jason Sommerville, Gillan was "one of a top technical trio credited with turning around" Williams' fortunes after its abysmal 2011 season.