Patrick Head actually interviewed me for my first ever job in motor racing. I was living with my parents in Reading at the time. I was in my early twenties and I saw an advert in the local paper for a metal working machinist at Williams in Reading. I’d worked as a machinist as an apprentice, so applied and went along for the interview, just to have a nose around and see what it was all about. Luckily for me they offered me the job, though I gather I wasn’t actually first choice, it was offered to someone else but they turned the job down so I was second choice and snapped up the chance. That was my first connection with Patrick.
I worked for them for a year, at which point Patrick and Frank left to set up another company, which I later joined, working with them for seven years in my second spell, which was the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s, a period when Williams started winning World Championships. We won our first one with Alan Jones and our second with Keke Rosberg. My role was varied, when I joined as there were just 11 of us in the whole team. When the team is that small you really do all sorts of varied jobs. I would make the bits for the cars for them, be a mechanic at the track, drive the truck and just do whatever I needed to, to make the whole team function.