Who we are
Major James Cameron
A confirmed petrol head – for years, James has used his motorsport credentials to find new ways to raise money for service charities; but on returning from commanding the Armoured Group in Afghanistan in 2011 was determined to do more for the blokes. The immediate success of his drive to find opportunities for his wounded guys very quickly caught on, and what began as a very personal endeavour has fast become a Defence – wide initiative.
Despite having spent much of his military career trying to make heavy armour go sideways, Major Jim has spent a disproportionate amount of time racing, instructing, breaking, developing and writing about cars. With a deep knowledge and love of the motorsport industry he is passionate about the difference that Mission Motorsport can make to the lives of those in need. An ARDS instructor and driver coach, he is an expert in rebuilding confidence and getting the best from those in his charge.
Rich Bernard is one of the founders of Mission Motorsport, and as the only civilian Trustee he adds his depth of business and commercial experience alongside the military background of the other Trustees.
Having realised several years ago that he was never going to be the world’s greatest racing driver, he decided to run a race team instead. Starting off in the fast paced world of 2CV racing, Richard steered a team of four novice 2CV drivers to 8th place out of 35th entrants in the 2007 24hr race, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that two of the drivers were racing for the first ever time. This laid the foundations for the years that have followed with a particular focus on 24hr endurance racing.
When not sat on the pit wall glued to a laptop, Rich can be found running his telecoms consultancy business where conveniently he also spends his days looking at a laptop screen.
Sgt Gav Harvey
A Class 1 armoured vehicle mechanic, Gav Harvey was gravely injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2009. Still in recovery, he has fought his way back through his undaunted spirit and love of motorsport. At his happiest when he is covered in oil and dropping spanners, Gav nevertheless got a taste of competition in the Mission Motorsport powerboat – going on to lead the way for others by getting his international race licence and successfully competing in P1 Superstock.
Never far from a toolbox, Gav heads up Mission Motorsport’s race workshop and vocational training element, but will often be found trackside, getting stuck in and proving an inspiration to many.
Major Nigel Hindmarsh – Powerboat Manager
An Officer in the Royal Engineers, between his operational tours (in an effort to avoid real work) Nige has spent much of his time on water, either sailing boats in various parts of the globe or playing around in powerboats. When the possibility of racing on water was first raised by adding powerboats to the arsenal, there was therefore only one choice to run it.
Now himself competing in the top class of P1, he has been a fantastic trainer and mentor for the Mission Motorsport aspirant powerboat crew members. His results speak for themselves. Nige has seen at first hand the hugely beneficial effects that these high octane machines can have on the recovery and rehabilitation of affected personnel.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Jon Earp – Development Manager
Having survived testicular and lung cancer, Jon was determined to make a difference for those less fortunate; whether cycling from Bosnia to London to various Charity events around the world, Jon eventually migrated from two to four wheels. And an engine. As the Motorsport Co-ordinator for a major UK car club, it was only a matter of time before he met Major Jim. Jon juggles his job as a Military helicopter pilot with the role of Development Manager for Mission Motorsport, sometimes even going to work.
Jon is also the leading figure of Mission Motorsport North, forging new relationships and opening up new recovery pathways for those affected by operations.
Sue Pattenden – Charity Co-ordinator
Sue has been a stalwart volunteer and service charity supporter for many years, and very happily is now full time Charity Co-ordinator for Mission Motorsport and therefore an experienced herder of cats. Her irrepressible enthusiasm and commitment to the cause see her in pitlanes, campervans, quaysides, tents and inevitably nightclubs in support of the Mission Motorsport blokes and girls.
Professes to be grumpy but has limitless time for those in need and that grin always spoils any pretence Sue may have had at being serious.