An acclaimed automotive designer – who worked for Jaguar Land Rover and other leading car makers – has joined a Coventry firm which is helping to create the cars of the future.
Wayne Burgess, who studied industrial design and transportation at Coventry University, is to oversee Paramex’s expanding design operations.
Paramex is a global design and engineering consultancy based at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Business Innovation Centre in Binley.
The company has recently expanded at the site to create a new design studio.
Established in 1999, Paramex is currently undergoing a period of accelerated growth and is poised to move into its new facilities in Binley.
Mr Burgess has been appointed as Paramex’s chief design officer.
He will oversee the creative design, digital modelling, digital visualisation and engineering services Paramex offers to the transport design and consumer product industries.
Mr Burgess brings a wealth of creative design and leadership experience, having worked for some of the world’s best known premium car makers – including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Geely.
He said: “The global pandemic has changed the way we all work and proven what we already knew – that we can successfully create cars, products and visual assets remotely, in the digital realm.
“I am tasked with overseeing this very exciting period of innovation at Paramex, helping our clients move their businesses forward by offering state-of-the-art services.
“Having spent nearly 30 years designing cars for some of the most prestigious brands in the business, it’s time for me to share the benefit of that knowledge and experience with the widest possible audience, as our industry moves towards an era of sustainable, connected, zero emissions and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles.”
Phil Hands, CEO of Paramex, said: “Wayne is an outstanding and exceptional designer with a strong back catalogue, boasting some of the most prestigious names from across the automotive and design world.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience, not just within automotive design but in understanding the developing tech in the design industry, and this is where Paramex excels.
“He joins us at a very exciting time as we accelerate through a period of growth, expanding our team and moving into new facilities in the heart of the UK automotive landscape.”
Paramex has provided design and engineering resources to the automotive industry for over 20 years, either in the form of expert individuals, placed within the client’s organisation, or specifically curated teams delivering ‘turn key’ projects.
Mr Burgess was most recently head of design/VP at Geely Design UK, which is also based in Coventry.
He previously spent 21 years at Jaguar, starting as principal designer in 1997.
Then, working closely with Ian Callum, he was seconded to Aston Martin in 1999, leading the design team responsible for the Aston Martin DB9 and what ultimately became the V8 Vantage.
You can get your Coventry and Warwickshire news straight to your email inbox – and it’s FREE!
All you need to do is sign up here.
The emails come out twice a day, at lunchtime and in the evening, with the latest news, what’s on and sport from across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Returning to Jaguar, Mr Burgess became chief designer on several programmes, most notably the XF and F-Type, before being promoted to studio director, where he also looked after Jaguar’s SVO projects, such as Projects 7 & 8 and the I-Pace E-Trophy.
Before joining Jaguar, he worked for Omni Design International, on a variety of vehicle exteriors and interiors for various manufacturers, including Rolls Royce and Bentley – where he oversaw the exterior design of the Seraph and Arnage – and Rover Group.
His first role in the car industry was designer for LTI Carbodies in Coventry, creating a replacement for the London taxi, which ultimately became the TX1.
Paramex employs more than 50 staff, including contractors and strategic partners, based either at the recently expanded offices in Coventry, or integrated within its client teams.
The company has also launched a training academy to help address the shortage of skilled young people joining the sector.