Our Presidential Team
Candidate for FIA President
Graham Stoker has been involved in motor sport governance for most of his career. After graduating as a driver from the Ian Taylor Racing School and the Winfield Elf Motor Racing School in France, he joined UK motor sport’s governing body Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (now Motorsport UK) in 1985, going on to become the first Chairman of the Permanent Stewards to the British Touring Car Championship from 1995 to 2001.
He became joint President of the Motor Sports Association in 2001 when he was elected Chairman of the Motor Sports Council and ex officio Member of the Board. He joined the FIA that year when he was elected to the International Court of Appeal, and in 2004 in Rome he was elected to the FIA World Motor Sport Council as the Titular Member for the United Kingdom.
He is also a member of the Senate, joint chair of the Innovation Fund, and chair of the Sport Funding Commission, chair of the International Sporting Code Working Group, joint chair of the Statute Review Commission, and an Honoree Trustee of the FIA Foundation. He is a member of the FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission and has awarded environmental accreditation to numerous stake holders. He will represent FIA at the upcoming Cop 26 UN Conference.
He has been the FIA Deputy President for Sport since October 2009. He is the UK member of FIA World Motor Sport Council and honorary council member of the UK Motor Sports Association (UK).
He represents FIA at the GAISF, the IOC recognized association of Global Sport Federations based in Lausanne. He works closely with the other “power sport” federations FIM, UIM, and FAI and he represents FIA Sport at the EU Sport Congress, and other international meetings.
Stoker remains an Honorary Member of the UK Motorsport Council, as well as an Honorary Member of the British Automobile and Racing Club and a Patron of the F1 in Schools charity.
Stoker is a recognized expert in Sports Law and long-standing member of the UK Sports Dispute Resolutions Panel. He has settled numerous disputes in a wide range of sports including selection for ‘Team England’ at the Commonwealth Games. He is experienced in anti-doping having been President of the FIA Anti-Doping Commission, and is an expert on international sport governance.
He is a long-standing member of the founder member Royal Automobile Club and a former member of the Policy Committee of the RAC Foundation. A member of the UK Environmental Bar, he has extensive experience of transportation and environmental policy having appeared at numerous public inquiries in the UK, and the House of Commons, and is a Member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess.
Stoker was educated at the London School of Economics and the London Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Called to the English Bar, he is a Winston Churchill Prize holder, a Member of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, and a leading Barrister in the areas of Sport and International Law.
Candidate for Deputy President for Sport
Tom Kristensen is the most successful race driver in sports car history. He is the only person to win the Le Mans 24 Hours nine times, six of which were consecutive. The former Audi- Bentley- and Porsche driver is also the only six-time winner of the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring.
Kristensen’s career saw him race in single-seaters and touring cars as well as testing in Formula One. However, it is for his achievements in sportscars that he is most lauded. His first Le Mans win came in 1997 and then from 2000-2002 he won three Le Mans 24-Hours in succession with Audi Sport Team Joest. He won again with Bentley in 2003 before returning to the wheel of Audi machines to win in 2004-05, 2008 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the FIA World Endurance Championship title.
Following his retirement from competition in November 2014, Kristensen has remained heavily involved in motor sport. He has been President of the FIA Drivers’ Commission since 2015 and is a Member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council. He is also an F1 Drivers Steward.
In 2014, Kristensen was knighted in his home country of Denmark by Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II.
Candidate for Deputy President for Mobility
Thierry Willemarck is Vice President of the Royal Touring Club of Belgium (TCB) and FIA Deputy President for Mobility. He was Vice President of the FIA’s Region I Mobility for eight years under the presidency of Werner Kraus, and succeeded him as Region I President in 2013.
In late 2017, he was invited by Jean Todt to join his team as FIA Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism. He headed the Audit Committee of Region I and later the Audit Committee of the FIA, and as a member of the Statutes Review Commission, he has strived for more transparency and a better governance structure for the FIA.
Before joining TCB, Thierry Willemarck worked for the Continental Oil Company and held several positions in the USA and Sweden. As CEO of the Belgian subsidiary, he was involved in retail, and pushed the company into sponsoring car racing. The team sponsored and won the Belgian Touring Car Championship Category 2 with a Honda CRX three times in a row. His first job was with Castrol, and as a young engineer he was involved in research to improve the Castrol RS lubricant used in racing cars.
Since joining TCB in 2001 he has led the organisation to consistent revenue growth thanks to innovation and diversification. The focus is no longer just on motorists, but on road users in general. Digitisation is taken seriously as a means to serve members more effectively in their mobility needs. As such, ‘Mobility as a Service’ has become a reality, offering a combination of transportation means.
Lobbying for sustainable mobility in a safe environment is the leitmotiv of TCB. In a small country such as Belgium, the TCB realises the importance of sharing and working together with other organisations from around the world, particularly with Automobile Clubs. That is the reason the TCB is strongly committed to the FIA.
Willemarck is an Industrial Engineer. He has a degree in Business and Administration, a PMD from Harvard Business School, and an MIT diploma in Strategy.
Candidate for Senate President
Brian Gibbons has been the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Automobile Association since 1990 when New Zealand’s 15 independent motoring clubs merged into one national body.
In 2009, Gibbons was appointed as the Deputy President for FIA Automobile Mobility & Tourism, a position which he held until 2017. In 2017 he was appointed President of the FIA Senate for a 4-year term.
Prior to joining the NZAA, Gibbons had extensive experience in financial and managerial roles in the motor vehicle industry and later with Boots Pharmaceuticals. He then became the General Manager of AA Central, one of the 15 independent AA clubs in New Zealand, and was charged with encouraging those diverse clubs to merge into a single organisation, the NZAA.
His goal since then has been for the NZAA to provide consistent service throughout the country and to grow membership. He has introduced a new range of club services relevant to motorists, including: driver licensing, insurance, tourism guides, loans, a loyalty programme, technical repairs, vehicle inspections and industry awards.
This diversification – together with his philosophy of holding membership subscription rates, building strategic commercial partnerships, effective brand management and database marketing – has seen NZAA membership more than double to 1.6 million in the time that he has been CEO. The NZAA now represents 54% of licensed New Zealand drivers – or one household in two.
Gibbons holds board directorships in a number of NZAA subsidiary and joint venture companies. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Justice of the Peace.