Professor Richard Folkson

Professor Richard Folkson graduated from Imperial College, London with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent 30 years working at Ford Motor Company Limited on all aspects of vehicle product development including Body, Engine, Transmission, Chassis, Electrical engineering and Project Management. He was Project Manager for two Ford Transit models and the original Ford Focus. He rose to the position of Chief Engineer – Technical Alignment – Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Volvo, Mazda which was a role ensuring that all products within the Ford owned companies were engineered to the highest standards using consistent processes.

Retiring from Ford in 2006, Richard spent the following years teaching automotive design at the universities of Loughborough and Hertfordshire. He is an expert on Low Carbon Vehicle Technology having edited a book on the subject and now works as a consultant assessing research projects for funding by Innovate UK.

Richard was appointed Visiting Professor to the University of Hertfordshire in 2004 and was appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor for Innovation and Design in 2008. He was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2015-16 and has been a Smallpeice / Arkwright Scholarship Trustee since 2017.