National Motorsport Academy

NMA Staff


National Motorsport Academy Staff

Kieran Reeves
Director of Motorsport Studies

Kieran has over 17 years’ experience in Higher Education in lecturing, senior management and external examiner roles. During this time, he has successfully written and validated numerous Automotive and Motorsport degrees, including some of the first ever Foundation Degree qualifications in the UK.

Holding an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Kieran is currently studying towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster University with a focus on energy management of hybrid race vehicles. This research has enabled him to present across the UK, Europe and America to peers, Tier 1 suppliers and a variety of OEM’s.

Prior to and alongside his academic profession, Kieran has over 20 years’ experience in both the Motorsport and Automotive Industry, competing at Chief Engineer level in several forms of Motorsport, both at and away from the race circuit. Having originally built long distance rally vehicles included in the Manchester to Bombay and Panama to Alaska competitions, he moved on to work in single seater, open-wheel race formulae. Having held several consultancy roles for race teams, including GT Porsche, he has contributed to the development of a race winning engine package, and provided engine research and development paths to Formula Student teams.

Currently, alongside his Director and Teaching duties, he is also the Team Manager and Chief Engineer to the NMA’s race team.

Wayne Gator - NMA Motorsport Tutor

Wayne Gater
Deputy Director of Motorsport

Wayne began his career as an electrical wiring harness engineer in the Aerospace industry where he studied Electrical Electronic Engineering and Aerodynamics. Following a career change into automotive as a Vehicle Technician, he secured a College Lecturer position with responsibility for the delivery…

of Mathematics, Science and Electronics, before progressing eighteen months later to take up a Higher Education Teaching post his specialist subjects being Aerodynamics, Engine Technology, Design & Manufacture and Engineering Validation Techniques. He was promoted to the role of Programme Leader for all Automotive Higher Education Programmes before leaving to work for the NMA.

Wayne has spent more than seven years researching and implementing Aerodynamic and Fluid dynamic design for external and internal performance gains. During this time, he has become a qualified teacher, attended a plethora of Motorsport and Automotive training events and also achieved a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Lancaster University. His Master’s Thesis was on the design and control of Active Aerodynamic Systems for Sports Cars.

Nascar and Endurance are Wayne’s favourite forms of mainstream motor sport. He also has a fondness for the grass roots Motorsport disciplines such as Drift, Time Trial and Hill climb events. He’s an avid Porsche and Nissan fan, especially the Z cars.

Roger Grimshaw
Motorsport Tutor

Rogers appetite for teaching emerged during his successful business career, where much of his time in the workplace was spent training and mentoring junior sales and engineering personnel and other colleagues. Able to effectively combine great subject knowledge and superb communication skills and with…

…a patient persona, he has a talent for explaining things, however complex.

For Roger, this is fundamental to the role and it underpins what he loves most about education. Rogers specialist areas within the NMA course delivery include Mathematics, Motorsport Technology Fundamentals and the essential Academic and Professional Practices that feature through undergraduate to postgraduate level and beyond.

Having also been a reasonable amateur race driver, he has the ability to bridge the gap between driving and engineering race cars, and to help motorsport engineering students and racing enthusiasts to recognise and understand the links between the academic and practical racing work.