Professor Anthony Purnell FREng

Head of Technology, British Cycling; Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge

Tony Purnell founded Pi Group around his designs to build a highly successful global electronics business. The group was sold to Ford in 1999 and he was rapidly promoted to lead Ford’s Premiere Performance Division, which included Cosworth and the Jaguar Formula One team.

Tony then joined the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, pioneering the present hybrid engine regulations and campaigning for financial regulation in racing. Today, he leads the technology behind Team GB’s cycling team, and is responsible for the equipment and training tools used by the squad.

He is a Fellow at Trinity Hall and gives his time generously to the new generation of engineers at the University of Cambridge.