Lord Grimstone, Joint Chair of the Automotive Council UK, said:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Richard Parry-Jones, who made such a significant impact on the automotive industry.
“Not only was he a great advocate for his sector, but he was also instrumental in helping to create the Automotive Council which has been so successful at encouraging collaboration between Government and industry. He was also involved in establishing the Advanced Propulsion Centre, which has helped position the UK as a global leader in the development of low-carbon vehicle technology.
“His passion for automotive technology was clear, and his contribution to their development was considerable. He will be greatly missed.”
Graham Hoare, Executive Director, Business Transformation and Chairman of Ford of Britain, Joint Chair of the Automotive Council UK, said:
“Richard was a pillar of the Automotive industry: inspiring and respected across the breadth of the Industry, and by his colleagues and friends in Government. He was an exceptional engineer, whose influence was felt globally, yet he cherished the UK auto industry and had a passion for his Welsh heritage.
“After a successful career including such brands as Aston Martin Lagonda, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, he was the architect and led the UK Automotive Council from 2009, seeking to bring the Industry and Government behind a renaissance for the UK auto industry through a comprehensive industrial strategy.
“His leadership was instrumental in our success and inspiring the vibrant automotive community that we have today. He will be greatly missed by those that had the pleasure to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”