January 9, 1956
Highworth, England, UK
|Occupation||Williams Team Manager|
Dickie Stanford was born on 9 January 1956 in Highworth near Wiltshire but grew up in Swindon. When he left school in 1972, Stanford worked in the British Government's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and was involved in the work of stock-piling in case of war.
At the age of 12, Stanford attended the Race of Champions where he gained his passion for Motor Racing. Along with a friend, he ran a Formula Ford team in the weekends and evenings. His first job in the industry was in Sports 2000 where he was a mechanic to James Weaver and Jonathan Palmer. Stanford later left to work in Formula Three for the Tiga racing team. During this time, he planned to join Williams in 1983 but was turned down after a one-hour interview because there were no jobs available. However, Stanford joined the Ralt Formula Two team who were using Williams' wind tunnel.
In 1985, Stanford joined Williams as the Race Mechanic to Nigel Mansell. Three years later, he became a member of the test team and stayed in his role until 1989 and became the chief mechanic in 1990. Stanford became the team manager after his predecessor Ian Harrison left for the Renault BTCC team in late 1995. Stanford remained in his position for a further 10 years before he reduced his work to spend more time with his family During the 2010 season, Stanford rejoined Williams to return as the team manager for Race Day and Testing.