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Alan Sheppard

Head of Interior Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Alan Sheppard is one of the world's leading automotive interior designers. His work has always reflected his belief in the power of simplicity in design.

Sheppard was born in England in 1960. He had a keen interest in art and showed a natural talent from an early age. After winning a place at the Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School Faculty of Art where he studied arts and crafts, he graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Industrial Design / Transportation from Coventry University.

In 1983 Alan joined Volvo where he worked on pioneering aerodynamic truck concepts. In 1984, he joined the then new Advanced Design Department at Land-Rover. A series of highly successful projects saw him promoted to Assistant Chief Interior Designer in 1999.

Among other groundbreaking projects, Alan was responsible for the bench-mark interior on the MK3 Range-Rover, which at this time was under BMW ownership. He became part of the core team at the inception of 'Project Rolls-Royce' following the marque's acquisition by BMW in 1998.

Since then, Alan has been an integral part of the Rolls-Royce design team, acting as Interior Design Projects Leader. His projects include the Phantom, 100EX, 101EX, Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé, plus the new Ghost. As well as this, Alan has developed the Bespoke Design Service at Goodwood.

Sheppard has always created motorcar interiors with a clean, contemporary elegance and a distinctly individual personality. His hallmark is to combine ancient crafts and traditions, with the latest technological and manufacturing techniques.