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Richard Billyeald joins Thatcham Research on 14 August 2017 as Chief Technical Officer
Richard Billyeald joins Thatcham Research on 14 August 2017 as Chief Technical Officer

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Richard Billyeald will join Thatcham Research as Chief Technical Officer on 14 August 2017

Thatcham Research is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Billyeald as its new Chief Technical Officer.  Richard will join on 14th August 2017 and takes over the role from Andrew Miller who is leaving Thatcham Research on 16 June 2017 to set up his own consultancy business.

Richard will lead Thatcham Research’s Repair Technology Centre (RTC) as it continues to assess and provide solutions for body shops and insurers around vehicle repair challenges of the future; as well as the vehicle testing functions. He will also focus on vehicle cyber-crime protection strategies, collaborating with the automotive industry, insurers and law enforcement agencies.

Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research says: “The current pace of change in vehicle development is unprecedented. We are making major investments into the testing and evaluation of future and automated vehicles – from the impact on repair costs of connected cars, to the testing and development of safety standards and research into vehicle cyber security. Richard's appointment comes at a pivotal moment, that will enable us to address some of the major issues facing the vehicle and insurance industry.

Billyeald brings with him more than 20 years’ experience delivering cutting-edge engineering programmes in the automotive, motorsport, aerospace and military sectors. He joins from Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd, where he was Head of Mechanical Engineering responsible for product development and validation across the business. Richard also has extensive management and team development experience gained at Xtrac Ltd and Renault F1.

Richard comments: "I am delighted to be joining the team at Thatcham Research and trust that my background in high-performance engineering design and development will stand me in good stead to meet the challenges presented by the rapidly developing automotive and insurance environment."

Andrew Miller, Thatcham Research’s current Chief Technical Officer, leaves on 16 June to set up his own consultancy business.

Peter Shaw commented: "Andrew has made a major contribution to Thatcham Research over the past 14 years, and has left an indelible mark on the organisation. He has led ground-breaking research and analysis around repair and has created a legacy of a highly respected Euro NCAP testing facility at Thatcham Research, as well as being the chairman of Euro NCAP. We wish Andrew great success in the future, and thank him for his contribution to the insurance industry, Thatcham Research and making cars safer and more secure.

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As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key industry player at the forefront of driving standards in vehicle body repair.

Thatcham's Crash Laboratory is the only official UK crash testing centre for consumer safety body Euro NCAP and are viewed as a centre of excellence when it comes to active vehicle safety, particularly the evaluation of new Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) which provide the foundation for future vehicle autonomy.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research expertise is in great demand with a range of opinion leaders being regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.

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