|Originally joining the company on 3 March 1975, Terry Lankshear was heavily involved in the creation of the Constitution of the British Motor Sports Council in 1975. In 1979, he oversaw the formation of the RAC Motor Sports Association Limited was set up as an associated company out of the Royal Automobile Club, to administer motor sport in all aspects. In October 1998, the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (trading as the `Motor Sports Association`) was established.
Terry was present at the MSA`s first board meeting in 1978 and has missed just two of the subsequent 145 meetings. When he turns 62 on Tuesday, Lankshear`s time at the helm will come to a close.
"It`s been an exhilarating experience working here this past 31 years and I can say without hesitation I`ve never had a dull moment," says Lankshear. "I guess that has been down to the enormous amount of change that I have witnessed and been a part of. I only hope that my successor receives the same enjoyment that I have had with the company and wish him well in that quest."
Taking up the reins as MSA General Secretary is Robert Jones, a 50-year old solicitor from South Wales with many years experience of motorsport, as a professional adviser, a competitor and an enthusiast.
Robert has been a solicitor for 26 years, the last 16 of which he has been a partner in private practice specialising, amongst other things, in areas of law relating to motorsport, representing both drivers and teams. In addition he is an experienced company secretary. Robert competed in rallies in the 1980s and has been involved in motor sport and motor clubs as an enthusiast for many years.
"I am thrilled to be presented with this great opportunity," says Jones. "As a lifelong motorsport enthusiast, it is clearly a huge privilege to work for the Motor Sports Association. Terry leaves some very big shoes to fill but I am looking forward to the challenge immensely."
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive says:
"Terry`s service to the MSA over the last thirty years has been immense. He has worked tirelessly from the very outset and has kept the business in excellent order. The current financial stability of the MSA is largely down to his steady hand and in recent years he has effected a modernisation programme that leaves the company in the best possible health going forward.
"We are delighted to welcome Robert Jones to the team. We feel certain that his professional credentials and personal experiences make him the ideal candidate to take over the role and we look forward to taking the MSA forward into the future."