He will be responsible for overseeing the overall technical management and delivery of the company's expanding range of projects in the automotive, motorsport, energy, defence and civil aerospace sectors.
Before joining Williams, McNamar worked as an executive director at Shanghai Automotive Industries, based at their Technical Centre in the UK, but working for much of the time in the Chinese operation as part of a team to set future product direction. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years at Ricardo, during which time he was the UK engineering director for five years and managing director of the UK divisions for a further five years. During his time at Ricardo he directed major projects for key customers such as Ford, Volvo, Hyundai and McLaren.
Established in 2010, Williams Advanced Engineering specialises in high performance energy-efficient products and services with a particular focus on advanced lightweight materials, hybrid power systems and electronics, aerodynamics and thermodynamics, dynamics, and holistic integration capabilities. The company's projects include working with Formula E to develop batteries for the world's first fully electric racing series, collaborating with Nissan on its Nismo range of products, and a partnership with Hanergy to bring Formula One derived energy storage technologies to its solar energy products.
Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said; "We are delighted to welcome someone of Paul's pedigree to the company in the new role of technical director. He has extensive experience of high level strategic planning and technical management across a range of industry sectors, as well as first-hand experience of operating in emerging new markets across the world. We are at a very exciting time for Williams Advanced Engineering; the pull from the market for our unique blend of Formula One bred energy efficient solutions is strong and Paul will be playing a key role in continuing our drive forwards and ensuring that we continue to build a reputation for delivering projects in an agile and innovative way."