About Adam Parr
Before joining Williams F1 in 2006, he worked on several continents in finance, industry and the law.
After graduating from Eton and Cambridge University, where he was a scholar, Adam began his career with Barclays investment bank, BZW.
Having spent some time in Japan before university, his interest in the country led him to Japanese equities and trading. He was relocated to Japan as an equities analyst focusing on heavy industrial sectors such as iron and steel. In Japan he became acquainted with Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto and, on his return to the UK, was seconded to Rio Tinto by BZW to help with mergers and acquisitions. He then joined Rio Tinto full time, firstly as personal assistant to the head of exploration and then as assistant to the general manager of the Palabora copper mine in South Africa.
A degree in English did not seem a solid foundation for a career in the mining industry, so Adam took time out to study law – the fascinations of which were so great that his sabbatical became rather extended. At the Bar, he practised in the areas of public law, appearing in cases up to the Court of Appeal. He successfully represented the former chief executive of Westminster City Council, in his appeal against a £30 million fine in the Dame Shirley Porter “gerrymandering” case.
In 1998 Adam was asked to return to Rio Tinto as assistant to the chairman and chief executive. His main focus was to address the very serious issues of industrial safety in Rio Tinto’s operations at that time. Following a global study, he helped establish a simple safety programme for the Group’s 30,000 staff.
Over the following years injuries fell significantly. Adam then took up a series of increasingly senior executive posts during six years in Australia, firstly managing Rio Tinto’s extensive port and infrastructure in the remote Pilbara region, then running its Western Australian salt operations. Finally, he served as president and chief commercial officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, a group with operations in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. Adam first met Frank Williams in 2000. They got on well and their friendship led inevitably to Williams and the F1 paddock.
During his five years at Williams, first as CEO and then as executive Chairman, Adam helped turn the team around, enabling it to undertake the first IPO in the history of the sport. In March 2012, Adam stood down from the team and his efforts were rewarded with the team's first race win since 2004.
Adam is currently chief executive of Sported, the UK's leading sport for development foundation dedicated to securing the legacy of London 2012.