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FIA candidate Ward reveals ‘agenda for change’

David Ward has published details of the manifesto upon which he will campaign for the FIA presidency.

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

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