The Motor Sports Association (MSA), governing body of UK motor sport, has today confirmed that General Secretary Rob Jones, who has held the position of Acting Chief Executive since October, will become MSA Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Jones joined the MSA as General Secretary in 2006 after practising as a solicitor in Cardiff and West Wales. He has held a competition licence since 1984, having been a rally co-driver and driver, a karting father and a circuit racer. He is President of the Ethics Commission of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.
Jones said: “This is a huge privilege and a great responsibility. I saw my first road rally when I was 17 and realised then that I wanted to be part of this sport, but could never have imagined that I would one day be appointed as CEO of one of the most respected motor sport governing bodies in the world. It is difficult to explain what this means for someone whose happiest memories are in this sport, whether as a marshal or a competitor.
“There is so much going on currently; so much for UK motor sport to be excited about: the closed roads consultation; the significant growth of interest in grass roots motor sport; and additional initiatives to benefit the clubs and competitors. For me, the essence of this sport is safe and affordable enjoyment and I look forward to playing my part in shaping its future for the benefit of everyone involved.”
MSA Chairman Alan Gow said: “Rob has been with the MSA for eight years and has proven to be an absolutely first-rate General Secretary. His knowledge of the sport is exemplary and his corporate governance credentials are also beyond reproach. We asked him to take the helm on an acting basis at the end of last year and since then he has clearly demonstrated that he is well equipped to handle the position on a permanent basis. I’ve no doubt that Rob will also prove to be an excellent Chief Executive for the Motor Sports Association.”