FIA presidential aspirant David Ward has wasted little time in getting his ideas into the wider public domain, launching a campaign website just days after announcing that he was to challenge incumbent Jean Todt for the most powerful position in motorsport.

The Briton, who will be present at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, announced last Thursday (29 August) that he was resigning his position at the head of the FIA Foundation in order to stand against Todt, and clearly has strong views on how the governing body should be run in future.

And that is the crux of his proposals, which focus on the FIA itself, rather than attempting to meddle with the competition on track.

Among the notable changes Ward wants to see is a chance to the president's role itself, allowing the incumbent to 'serve in a non-executive role', with the appointment of a CEO and management board to 'give the FIA a new professional strategic capacity'. He would also move the FIA Senate towards more of a supervisory role, while appointing 'commissioners' to strengthen the governing body's day-to-day involvement with the senior world championships.

In addition, Ward argues that better cost control and resource allocation would allow surpluses to be channelled towards the development of sport and mobility clubs, especially in low and middle income countries.

The full list of Ward's 20 governance reform proposals are as follows:

Presidency, management and location

1. Allow the FIA president the possibility to serve in a non-executive role

2. Appoint a chief executive officer (CEO) on a fixed term contract hired by open recruitment

3. Create a management board (with representation from each World Council, and chaired by the FIA president) responsible for budget matters, contract and due diligence supervision, and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan developed with the World Councils for approval by the General Assembly

4. Convert the Senate into a supervisory board (following modern corporate practice of a two-tier board structure)

5. Appoint commissioners for each FIA World Championship responsible to the World Motor Sport Council for day to day management and supervision of the championship

6. Retain Paris headquarters as main administration office and locus of the sporting power and all major contractual agreements

Resources and Club Support

7. At a time of austerity aim to reduce overheads, avoid waste, and reduce travel expenditure

8. Use all the revenue in excess of regulatory costs of the F1 Championship arising from the new Concorde agreement for investment in motor sport safety, sustainability, solidarity funding of ASN development programmes, and for training of officials and volunteers

9. Avoid duplicating the work of the FIA Foundation and the FIA Institute and concentrate FIA activities on priorities that are beyond these organisations' mandates
10. Use any overall operating surpluses to fund development grants for clubs in low and middle income countries

Transparency and Good Governance

11. Publish annual accounts that conform to International Accounting Standards and include a narrative from the President and CEO explaining the overall performance of the FIA, key developments of the year, any relevant issues or related party transactions and future plans

12. Amend the Ethics Code so that it is fully consistent with the 2001 Statement on Good Governance Principles developed by the FIA and the International Olympic Committee

13. Adopt a policy against bribery and corruption to the latest international standards and amend the Ethics Code accordingly

14. Ensure that due diligence is carried out on all external contracts to ensure that they are consistent with competition policies and avoid commercial conflicts of interest

Elections, Eligibility and Procedures

15. Restrict eligibility for FIA presidential election to club presidents or senior office holders nominated by their clubs

16. Restore the presidential term limit to two periods of four years, not three as at present

17. Reduce the nominating threshold to three clubs (one from each member category)

18. Reduce the presidential list to three: a president and two deputies for sport and mobility

19. Elect the Senate president (future supervisory board) separately from the presidential list

20. Ensure equal treatment to all candidates and ban any pre-election period support letters.

Ward's full plans can be found at