Meet the Team

Combining the expertise of business, engineering, architecture and design

Driven by passion, our personable team offers a combination of destination consulting, creative designers, project managers, engineers and architects all collaborating from our design studio in Hampshire in the UK.

We all love what we do. Find out a little more about what motivates us to deliver your projects.

 

BEN WILLSHIRE

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Ben is the founder and Managing Director of Driven International.

With 13 years of international design experience, Ben’s strengths lie in client liaison, business modelling, and setting initial design concepts for the team.

Ben graduated with a BSc Honors degree in Motorsport Technology and Management and has been working as a professional race track and venue designer since 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.

He loves travelling, motor racing, the outdoors, mountain biking and family!

ALAN SELBY

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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 an independent voice and additional Driven board of directors, advising on the strategic growth of the business.

RAMZI DARGHOUTH

PROJECTS DIRECTOR

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Ramzi is a director at Driven and oversees all of the internal technical developments and design work at our design studio.

He is an exceptionally talented engineer and technical manager, holding an MEng Degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University.

During his career, Ramzi has spent time in the engineering sector working as a senior project manager and systems integrator, gaining valuable insights into engineering and procurement systems as well as hands-on construction project management on major projects, obtaining his NEBOSH qualification in construction health and safety during this time.

Ramzi has a deep understanding of design processes, mathematics, simulation and vehicle dynamics, which is a real strength to the Driven design studio.

SCOT ELKINS

USA REPRESENTATIVE

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Scot Elkins brings a wide range of expertise to Driven, with over 20 years of experience in the motorsport and automotive industries.

He provides operational, engineering, safety and logistical support for the motorsport and automotive industries, having worked with the Motorsports Safety Foundation, ACCUS, FIA, Formula E, IMSA, IndyCar, The Road to Indy, MOMO Motorsports, Park Place Motorsports, Hardpoint Motorsports, NGT Motorsports, RaceTrack Engineering, and Mazda Motorsports.

Scot was previously the Vice President of Competition for IMSA. He directed and managed the competitive and technical facets of the historic merger between Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series. Before his career at IMSA, Scot was the Technical Director for the Champ Car World Series, where he oversaw the introduction and design of the Panoz DP-01, a new open-wheel chassis for the 2007 season. He has also worked as a race engineer in NASCAR, IndyCar, the Atlantic Championship Series, SCCA, the Skip Barber Race Series, and with the UK-based company, Cosworth Electronics.

Scot is currently the Race Director of the FIA Formula E Championship and serves as the Deputy Race Director of the FIA Formula 1, 2 and 3 Championships. Scot is also an FIA Platinum Grade Circuit Inspector.

Alongside his roles at the FIA, Scot is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Motorsport Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving safety standards in motorsport. He is also currently a member of the SCCA and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Scot graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and he now lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Lauren and his four children.

BABA-JALLAH EPEGA

AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE

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With over 20 years of experience in events management, brand marketing and public relations, Baba-Jallah Epega brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Driven, serving as our Africa Representative.

Baba attended the Queen Mary University in London, studying Economics (Mathematics and Statistics) and Spanish, and went onto work as a mathematician and banker at Bloomberg TV and Barclays Capital. Drawing on the skills he acquired during his time there, Baba founded EMC3 in 2000, providing expertise in areas including client entertainment concierge packages, the booking and co-ordination of corporate functions, brand marketing, events and experiences. Their London head office is supported by partner offices in Africa, the Middle East, mainland Europe and the United States. In Africa clients include First City Monument Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, Vitol Group, Ibru Organisation, Africa Port Services, Control Risks, Afrintel, Yale University & globally other clients include Linked In, Google, Drift, MacQuarie Bank, Falcon Group, NYU Stern & Westfield.

Baba’s experience, expertise and creativity brings a unique perspective to Driven’s process, using a detailed approach to realise bespoke answers that cater to the particular needs of each project.

He has a love for travel, and has featured on various media platforms including CNN, BBC, Arise TV and LA Talk Radio, and he has also been involved in the production of a number of TV documentaries.

JAMES TAYLOR

AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR LEAD

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James is Driven’s Automotive Sector Lead and has spent the last decade working on automotive experience projects around the World.

With a background in motor racing and driving schools James worked for Porsche for 14 years as Project Director for development and operations of the Porsche Centres in Silverstone, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

James was McLaren’s Global Experience Manager in 2016 including developing the Pure McLaren Driver Development programme, McLaren Ice Driving and Travel Club experiences. In the last few years he has also developed young driver and heritage driving programmes and on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover using 1950s and 1960s cars from their heritage fleet.

James spent 4 years based in the US and worked as Director of Driver Safety Programs for Safe America working closely with US Colleges and the US Congress in developing and progressing young driver development programme and continues to be active with various advanced driving qualifications from the US and Europe. James has an Association of Racing Driver Schools instructors licence and is currently racing in the UKs fastest endurance kart racing series in a team with his two sons.

GRAHAM NICHOLLS

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

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Graham is a qualified architect and urban planner, holding a DipArch in Architecture and Urban Design and an MA in Urban Design, from Oxford Brookes University in England.

He has gained over 9 years industry experience working as an architect for top international design firms, such as Broadway Malyan. In 2014, Graham established himself as an architectural and urban planning consultant to provide high end residential architectural services to a number of private clients in or around London.

After delivering several successful projects, Graham joined Driven in 2017 and is now our in-house principal architect at Driven, and heads up our Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality design work.

Graham is an integral part of our design team during site master planning . His skillset and experience enables us to offer architectural designs from concept, through detailed design and construction phases.

DAN SELBY

DESIGN TECHNICIAN

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Dan started his passion for 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.

He joined Driven in early 2017 and often plays a key role on projects, developing new track and site layouts and evolving these designs using his creative flare, whilst meeting the technical requirements of the FIA or FIM using our in house CAD and simulation software.

Dan is still a keen gamer, Formula One fanatic and a race track encyclopedia! No relation to Alan Selby, in case you were wondering!

JACK KERRY

VISUALISATION TECHNICIAN

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Jack joined Driven in 2016 as a marketing assistant whilst studying Media & Games Development.

Jack has progressed into a full-time role as CAD and Visualisation Technician, assisting our designers, engineers and architects in creating the required technical drawing outputs for our projects.

Using his media and games background, Jack has lead the build of our in-house Virtual Reality simulator, and is responsible for modelling our race track designs into immersive driving simulations, creating site fly-throughs and architectural animations – all of which are used to help bring a project to life in the early presentation stages.

Away from his desk, Jack can often be found detailing his car ready for the next major show.

MATT BIRKETT

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DESIGNER

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Matt is our Marketing and Communications Designer, having joined Driven in 2018.

With his expertise in graphic design and marketing, Matt is primarily responsible for developing the Driven brand which includes the website, brochure and other marketing materials for print and digital media.

He also works closely with the directors in client liaison and developing the business, and as a self-confessed race track encyclopedia, Matt has a passion for the design and curation of race tracks, playing a key role in the initial design process of our projects.

Having completed a degree in BA (Hons) Visual Communication from Arts University Bournemouth, Matt is a qualified graphic designer, and with that he brings an expertise for typography, layout design and visualisation, all with an exceptionally high level of attention to detail.

Matt is a life-long motorsport fan, and outside of the office he enjoys designing his own race track projects.

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Driven by passion our personable team offers a combination of creative design, engineering and architecture.

Contact us to discuss how we can help with your project.

Driven international are award-winning international sports venue RIBA registered architects and designers of sports venue design. Click to find out more about Driven Motorsport, test track design, race track design, destination consulting, destination planning and what we can do for you using virtual reality.

CONTACT

Driven International Ltd.
Landmark House, Station Road
Hook, RG27 9HA, UK

PHONE

UK: 0044 1256 767766
USA: 001 706 870 3743

Driven international are award-winning international sports venue RIBA registered architects and designers of sports venue design. Click to find out more about Driven Motorsport, test track design, race track design, destination consulting, destination planning and what we can do for you using virtual reality.

CONTACT

Driven International Ltd.
Landmark House,
Station Road
Hook, RG27 9HA
United Kingdom

PHONE

UK: 0044 1256 767766
USA: 001 706 870 3743