Parr doesn't stay the course as Rose moves in

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The ongoing management shuffle at Williams Grand Prix Holdings took an unexpected turn when Adam Parr resigned from his role as chairman – just days after Sir Frank Williams had reiterated in the media that he saw Parr as his natural successor.

The team has offered few details, although inevitably there has been speculation that a disagreement in negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone over the Concorde Agreement may have played a role. Parr was known to have a difficult relationship with the Formula 1 boss.

Former Diageo man Nick Rose has been appointed as non-executive chairman of WGPH, having previously been a director. Meanwhile, as had already been planned as of April 1, Sir Frank has relinquished his place on the board, while retaining his overall role as team principal. His daughter Claire has taken up a seat on the board as director of marketing and communications, replacing previous incumbent Dominic Reilly.