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Meet the authors

Meet the authors

Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Technology

V.A.W Hillier

Fellow of the IMI

V.A.W Hillier FIMI was one of the most respected names in the motor vehicle industry.  He was a Fellow of the IMI and taught Automotive Engineering for over 40 years.  He was a prolific author and a
dedicated professional.

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Josh Smith

Motorsport Engineer

Josh Smith has studied Motorsport to degree level and now finds himself teaching the same subject at Bridgwater College as Programme Manager in Motorsport Engineering. He is a keen enthusiast and race driver and has been involved in the sport since a very young age, competing nationally with lots of success.


David Miell-Ingram

Industry Expert

David Miell-Ingram has spent over 20 years working in the automotive retail sector and is currently Managing Director of Calex UK Ltd, a company that produces learning materials and provides staff to the automotive retail sector.  His expertise centres around learning and development, especially in the motivation of staff through structured and nationally recognised learning programmes.  For further information visit

Trevor Catt

Experienced author

Trevor Catt has taught for 15 years and now is proprietor of a vehicle repair shop.  He is a member of the IMI and has been part of author teams for popular repair manuals.  He has also written examination questions for City and Guilds.

Richard Miller

Member of the IMI and IRTE

Richard Miller carried out his apprenticeship attaining a full Technological Certificate, HNC in Motor Vehicle Engineering management and the IRTE finals.  His career progressed through to Service Manager and then Fleet Engineer for an international transport company.  He is now the centre co-ordinator for the IMI motor vehicle courses at an FE college.  Richard is a member of the IMI and IRTE.

Scot Layton

Author description

Scot Layton is a Workbased Learning Program Co-ordinator at Stephenson College, Coalville, teaching on a range of programmes from Level 1 through to Level 4.  In addition to this, he also co-ordinates and develops the Automotive Centre of Excellence (CoVE).

IMI Partnership

Nigel Beaven, Head of Marketing IMI

"The IMI is delighted to be involved with the updating and development of the Hillier's Fundamentals of Motor Technology books, which have a long history as amongst the most widely recognised and widely used textbooks in their field."

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David Rogers

Author Description

Dave started his writing career co-authoring updates to the popular Hillier's Motor Vehicle Technology series of books (Electronics - 5th Editions). He currently writes technical and practical features for many car and specialist vehicle publications. Dave is a qualified Master Technician and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Visit Dave's website.


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Brian Devlin

Author description

Brian is currently working as an Automotive Engineering Lecturer at Anniesland College. He has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, reaching Vauxhall Master Technician status. Brian has an Automotive H.N.D as well as business and teaching degrees, and is a member of the I.M.I and the I.R.T.E.