Club Patron - Ian Callum (CBE) Talks
Ian Callum (CBE) - Talks about his life with cars and his special ones.
Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE - Jaguar's first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type - the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque's first SUVs - F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.
Ian Callum said "I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. One of my biggest highlights was creating XF because it represented the beginning of a new era moving Jaguar from tradition to contemporary design - it was a significant turning point in our story. Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar - and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come.
I came into this role with a mission to take Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be. It has taken 20 years, but I believe I have achieved what I set out to do. Given the strength of both our products and the design team I feel that now is the right time to move on, both personally and professionally, and explore other design projects. Designing Jaguar cars was a lifelong dream for me and I'm delighted to remain involved as a consultant for the brand. I have worked closely with Julian Thomson for 18 years - he is a hugely talented designer and absolutely the right person to lead Jaguar design into its next chapter."
Since leaving Jaguar's Director of Design, Ian has pursued his passion to make something that was great, into something better.
The video (CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW) is the very first episode of The [Jonny Smith] Late Brake Show - "Cosworths to Vanquishes: Ian Callum's life of cars and car design". Look out for the special 70's Jaguar XJ Coupe.