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Bamford to leave Australian race corporation 17 Apr 2007

Fans invade the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 18 March 2007

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation announced on Tuesday that Tim Bamford is to step down after a three-year tenure as CEO. Bamford’s position will be taken up by Drew Ward, who was the general manager of operations for Melbourne's 2006 Commonwealth Games.

“Tim has worked in various capacities for the Corporation for 11 years and has produced world class events over the past three years as Chief Executive,” explained Ron Walker, Chairman of the Corporation. “He is a successful leader and a very decent person who will be missed by all who have worked with him. But we recognise that after such long service to the Corporation, he’s looking for new challenges. He goes with our thanks and very best wishes.”

Before assisting with the organisation of Melbourne’s Commonwealth games, Ward, Bamford’s replacement, had previously worked for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation as marketing services manager and event manager.

“We’re lucky to have a first-class replacement in Drew Ward,” added Walker. “Drew has an outstanding record of management and leadership both in Australia and internationally; he knows all about major events and he knows and loves the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. On behalf of the board and staff at the corporation, I offer him a very warm welcome and look forward to working with him.”

The Australian Grand Prix, held on March 18, was the opening round of the 2007 season. The four-day event attracted over a quarter of a million race fans to Melbourne's Albert Park.