Driven by passion, our personable team offers a combination of Creative Design, Engineering and Architecture.
Our team at Driven love what we do. Find out a little more about our team and what motivates us to deliver your projects. #Driven
Ben Willshire – Managing Director
Ben is the founder and Managing Director of Driven International. He has over 12 years’ experience working at the forefront of international design, with a particular expertise and passion for Motorsport and driving venues.
After spending his childhood attending various motor sport and sports events, it was natural for Ben to turn his passion into a career. In 2006, Ben graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Motorsport Technology and Management and began working as a professional race track designer in 2006. Alongside his working life, Ben has competed as a successful racing driver, winning 4 national titles and breaking lap records at prestigious tracks such as Silverstone and Oulton Park.
Over his professional career, Ben has held roles as a designer, manager and company director at both small design firms and multi-disciplinary firms ranging from £3m – £40m turnover businesses, exposing him to a variety of technical, creative and commercial projects on an international scale.
Ben’s strengths lie in client liaison, business modelling, design concepts and almost anything motorsport or driving related! Across his career Ben has delivered the design, engineering and implementation of venues such as the Bahrain International Kart Circuit, Porsche Experience Centre, the Silverstone World Rallycross track and test tracks for World leading TV shows.
He loves travelling, racing, food, mountain biking and family!
Alan Selby – Non-Executive Director
Alan brings over 30 years’ international business experience to the Driven team. He has built and operated highly successful I.T and property businesses across his career.
Alan provides a real strength to the board and Driven, advising on the strategic growth of the business and providing access to new markets through his extensive business contacts.
Ramzi Darghouth – Projects Director
Ramzi oversees all of the internal technical developments and design work at Driven.
He is an exceptionally talented engineer and project director, holding an MEng Degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University and has a unique and rare ability to offer highly technical solutions, combined with a creative flare.
Ramzi worked alongside Ben in a senior design role for 5 years during his early career and has been involved in the delivery of several international design projects. From 2012, Ramzi spent 3 years working in the engineering sector as a project manager and systems integrator, gaining valuable insights into engineering and procurement systems as well as hands-on construction project management on major projects, whilst gaining the NEBOSH qualification in construction health and safety. Ramzi also has a deep understanding of computer design, simulation and modelling which adds a real strength to the Driven design studio.
Aaron Weiss – Venue Operations Expert & U.S.A Representative
Aaron Weiss is our U.S representative, based in Florida. He heads up our business development and client communications across America, as well as contributing on some of our other global projects.
Aaron brings 15 years of motorsports facility operations, development and management experience to the Driven team – allowing us to integrate his know how into our design plans at an early stage.
Having worked at Road Atlanta and Moroso Motorsports park during each of their last major upgrades, Aaron has significant experience in the development process. Aaron also served as the COO and ultimately as the President of Moroso Motorsports Park and as the Executive VP of the world renowned Monticello Motor Club, north of Manhattan. His experience gives him a unique insight into the day to day operations of a motorsports facility including both the traditional racetrack business model as well as the country club membership model.
When not working on Driven projects, you’ll find Aaron racing go-karts or Miata’s at various tracks around Florida and the U.S.
Graham Nicholls – Principal Architect
Graham is a qualified architect and urban planner, holding a DipArch in Architecture and Urban Design and an MA in Urban Design, both from Oxford Brookes University in England.
He has gained over 7 years industry experience working as an architect and planner for top international design firms, such as Broadway Malyan. In 2014, Graham established himself as an architectural and urban planning consultant to follow his aim of providing quality, traditional architectural services using the latest technologies, such as virtual reality and 3D models.
After delivering several high-end residential projects, Graham joined Driven in 2017 and is now our in-house principal architect at Driven.
Graham always likes to really understand the individual requirements of every project and relishes the opportunity to adapt to the brief and style that is unique to each project.
As part of his role at Driven, Graham has worked on various mixed use sports and leisure related projects, such as our 200+ acre race resort project in the USA. Graham will provide input and lead designs during site master planning and is able to deliver architectural designs from concept to construction tender stage.
Dan Selby – Creative Designer
Dan Selby started his passion for track design and motor racing through online gaming, and has successfully turned this into a career at Driven after working for many years as a freelance graphic designer, as well as spending time in the education sector.
He joined Driven in early 2017 and is responsible for providing the final “creative” touches to the design work at Driven, bringing to life our design work and enabling clients to fully immerse into their project in a virtual world. Dan can provide clients with video based animations and rendered design images.
In addition to his creative skills, Dan works as a key designer with regards to developing new track layouts and evolving these designs to meet the technical requirements of the FIA or FIM using our in house CAD and simulation software.
Since joining Driven, Dan has co-lead plans for a motorsport and leisure facility in Ogun State, Nigeria, as well as designing the circuit layout itself. He has also contributed on a number of circuit designs at various stages on our projects including Lake Torrent and major projects in Europe and Asia.
Dan is still a keen gamer, Formula One fanatic and a race track encyclopaedia!. No relation to Alan Selby, in case you were wondering!
Jack Kerry – CAD and Simulation Technician
Jack Kerry first joined Driven in 2016 as an administration and marketing assistant whilst studying Media & Games Development. During this time Jack was the creator of the majority of Driven’s marketing outputs, including our website, brochures, press releases and newsletters.
Since then, Jack has progressed into a full-time role as CAD and Simulation Technician, assisting our designers, engineers and architects in creating the required CAD models and technical drawings for our design projects. Using his media and games background, Jack has built our in-house Virtual Reality simulator, which gives Driven the ability to model a destination or race track design into simulations, fly-throughs and immersive virtual models which can be used by our clients around the globe.
Away from his desk, Jack will be found polishing his car for the ultimate “stance” look ahead of the next Ford Fare!
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