Following a degree in mechanical engineering, Mark Preston joined Holden, the US’ General Motors company of Australia and experienced Formula racing for the first time through the Australian Formula Ford team, Spectrum Racing Cars. With a later move to the UK, this experience was to stand Mark in good stead for his successful career in Formula 1, reaching leadership roles with; McLaren, Arrows & Super Aguri Honda.
Commercially, Mark is a prolific entrepreneur with several start-ups and university spin-outs to his credit, in which the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing automotive/mobility/transportation arenas have always been a focus for him. Notably, Mark was instrumental in the successful spin-out of Oxford YASA Motors from Oxford University.
Having completed an MBA at Oxford in 2006, Mark’s technology research interests keep him closely involved with researchers at the university in; composites, marine energy, and electric motor design and engineering. Mark’s interest in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the technology that is enabling mobility and autonomy have resulted in him forming StreetDrone with his long-term friend and commercial collaborator, Mike Potts, in 2017.
Mark is well-known for his enthusiasm to showcase SMART Cities technology, and electrification in mobility. A result of this passion has been Mark’s pivotal role in the establishment of the FIA Formula E World Driver’s Championship as Team Principal, with Jean-Eric Vergne, of the TECHEETAH Formula E (electric) Racing Team.
10:45 - 11:45
MobOx presents The Future of Mobility
Mobility’ seeks to address the future ambitions and needs of societies grappling with the challenges of climate, air quality, and congestion, where densification of urban dwelling and access to healthcare for an ageing population are amongst the priorities requiring new approaches to getting us about and to our personal transport choices. Join us in this session to hear from companies and individuals in Oxfordshire that are at the forefront of innovation in engineering, technology and business models aimed at delivering sustainable solutions for these challenges.
Speakers: Mark Preston – TECHEETAH Formula E Team, Mike Potts – Streetdrone and Tom de Wilton – OXWASH
Chaired by Llewelyn Morgan – Oxfordshire County Council
12:00 - 13:15
Inward Investment Global Growth – Opportunities and Challenges: China
Sponsored by Penningtons Manches Cooper and James Cowper Kreston
In this session we will hear from investors from China about why technology developed in Oxfordshire is attracting interest and investment from China. We will also hear from Oxfordshire companies who have explored commercial opportunities in China who want to share their experiences with those considering a similar path.
Panellists: Mike Karim – Oxford Endovascular, Qing Lin – James Cowper Kreston, Mark Preston – TECHEETAH Formula E Team and Kegang Wu – BCC LinkToChina
Chaired by Russ Shaw – Global Tech Advocates
Director, Clusters and Harwell Campus Business Development, UKRI-STFC
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Offer, Oxford PV
Managing Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Managing Director, Oxford Instruments NanoScience