Conor La Grue

Engineering Lead – Commercial, Bloodhound SSC

From the smallest nuts and washers through to the composite structures that make up the largest parts of the car – Conor works within the BLOODHOUND design team to understand the requirements and identify a supplier for every part of Bloodhound. He then works with every supplier, helping bring the designs to maturity, get the components loaded into manufacture and ensure the parts are built to the exacting requirements of the project, all within a very aggressive time frame.

Conor is also responsible for Product Sponsorship for the BLOODHOUND Project. Product sponsors are companies or individuals that provide parts, products and/or services but not cash, in return for the significant benefits assigned them by the BLOODHOUND project.

Conor began his Engineering career in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer and trained in Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. Selected for rapid promotion and officer training, Conor was given day release to Southampton Solent University and there he completed his HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

After a successful Royal Navy career, Conor moved into the offshore Oil Industry working in the project management of the development of complex subsea electronic positioning and data logging equipment. Conor then migrated his project management skills to the telephony industry and was instrumental in the setting up of a European NPI (New Product Introduction) centre for a multinational electronic enclosure company. Conor’s telephony industry career culminated in a Vice President of Operations position at a VC-funded emerging telephony Technology Company. Conor then sought a change of pace starting his own motorsports company and moving to the country. Having built it up over four years, Conor sold the company in summer 2008 and he joined the Bloodhound Project in October 2008.

Conor has broad experience in the programme management and operational delivery of new products for large fast-moving organisations including rapid product development and the management of high value, high complexity supply chains.