Autocar names the best female executives in the UK car industry

Alison Jones, senior vice president of circular economy at Stellantis, has won Autocar’s Great Women in the British Car Industry 2022 initiative, organized in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Coach Great Women of the British Motor Industry 2022

Jones also came top of Autocar’s Executive category, alongside 11 other category winners who are recognized as the most influential women in the UK automotive industry today. Outstanding figures across all categories, including marketing, sales, vehicle development and manufacturing, celebrate their achievements today at a live event in London.

Autocar also named five other Hall of Fame inductees in 2022. Joining Linda Jackson, the first Hall of Fame inductees from 2020, are: Danella Bagnall, Director of Vehicle Program Quality at Jaguar Land Rover; Josephine Payne, Craiova site manager for Ford Motor Company; Michelle Roberts, Marketing Director at BMW Group UK; Angela Shepherd, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Retail Group; and Sue Slaughter, Global Purchasing Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford of Europe.

An Apprentice category, also recognized today, celebrates rising stars at the start of their careers in the automotive industry.

Jones’ rise through the ranks of Stellantis has been impressive, even to people familiar with his skills. In February 2019, she was appointed Group Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles in the United Kingdom and Senior Vice President of the PSA Group. Then, following the merger of these brands under the Stellantis umbrella, Jones was given a pivotal role in 2021, as she was named UK country manager and senior vice-president for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo. A year later, she was given the global role of Stellantis as Senior Vice President of Circular Economy. In addition, she is president of the SMMT.

Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said: “Alison Jones continues to build on her impressive track record in the industry and distinguished career to date, and is a worthy two-time winner of our initiative. Her recent promotion to a global role with Stellantis demonstrates precisely why she is so highly valued within this most influential organization, and her success, influence and profile show no signs of abating.

Jones said, “I am so honored to receive this award, as the Autocar team and these awards demonstrate the breadth of incredible talent and jobs we have in our industry. We all continue to work collectively to improve the diversity and inclusion of our teams in all its forms. Our workforce should reflect our communities and our customers, and our industry is so exciting and changing that it should and can be attractive to everyone.