Autocar’s Great Women in the UK Motor Industry 2022: Nominations Now Open

Autocar has opened entries for its Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative, which will conclude with an awards ceremony on June 14.

Managed by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and judged by a panel of automotive experts, the initiative recognizes the top 100 women leading the way in the UK automotive industry.

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In 2020, Alison Jones, then UK Group Chief Executive and Senior Vice President of the PSA Group, has been named Britain’s most influential woman in the automotive industry. Since his victory Jones was promoted to UK Group Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Stellantide and also appointed the first female president of the SMMT.

Last year, the awards celebrated rising stars in the industry. Hannah Denton, regional fleet manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, was crowned the winner. Denton was the second highest performing fleet manager by volume across the entire Volkswagen Group UK in 2018. She was also responsible for launching the VW Group Graduate Training Program which aims to give graduates at least a week in the field learning a direct sales role. This year, Autocar and its panel of judges will once again recognize a top winner, as well as leaders in key industry categories including management, operations and vehicle development.

The top 100 will be chosen based on seniority and level of influence and will be announced at a ceremony, along with the overall winner, on June 14.

The day will also include keynote speaker presentations (to be announced soon), a panel discussion and a networking session.

Rachael Prasher, Managing Director of Haymarket Automotive, who heads the judging panel, said: “This will be the seventh year of our Great British Women initiative and we look forward to once again spotlighting the best talent in the UK automotive industry.

“Last year saw even more women move into leadership positions in the industry. Great British Women celebrates these achievements and provides an opportunity for all women in the automotive industry or considering joining the automotive industry to see and hear these incredible Every year we are blown away by the growing number of entries across all sectors of the industry and I’m sure 2022 will be no exception.

Also on the jury, the CEO of SMMT Mike Hawes said, “SMMT is delighted to once again support these awards. The sector is striving to improve its record on diversity and inclusion and if initiatives like this can inspire more women to consider the automotive industry as a career, we can begin to address the balance between gender in the sector and then reflect on how we address other diversity issues. Participating in the assessment process is one of the highlights of the year, as it reveals the wealth of talent in the industry. So I wish good luck to all the participants.