Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry
Date20 Jun 2018
Event TypeShow / Conference (Cars)
LocationVenue to be announced
CountryUnited Kingdom
ContactName : Natasha Perry
Tel : 0208 541 3434
Notes> Autocar announces start of nominations for its Great British Women in the Car Industry initiative
> Event recognises the 100 most influential British women in the motoring industry
> Any friend, colleague or employer can nominate an individual to be considered for the shortlist of 100 women
> The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry event will take place on Wednesday, 20 June 2018
> Category winners and overall winner to be revealed during ceremony at the event
> Nominations will close at 23:59 on Friday, 6th April 2018

Autocar is marking International Women’s Day with the opening of nominations for the third edition of its Great British Women in the Car Industry event, taking place on 20 June, 2018.

Run by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), this ground-breaking initiative identifies and celebrates the most influential British women in the car industry, with one overall winner crowned.

Individuals can put themselves forward for consideration for the full shortlist of 100 women, or can be nominated by friends, colleagues or employers. Those applying / nominating will need to supply evidence of their / the nominee’s influence.

Haymarket Automotive Managing Director Rachael Prasher, who heads up the initiative’s judging panel, said: “This year more than ever, the importance of empowering and inspiring female professionals has been brought to the fore in the news agenda.

“The automotive industry has historically been considered male-dominated but, as our event proves, there has been a significant change in recent times. We are seeing more and more women climbing the ranks and enjoying highly successful careers.

“We are proud that there are so many fantastic female role models to look up to in today’s British automotive industry. With our event, we look to showcase the vast range of jobs and opportunities available and to highlight the large numbers of women achieving success and having huge influence on the industry. This provides great inspiration for young people entering or looking for jobs in the automotive sector, ensuring that the pool of female talent will continue to grow and flourish for generations to come.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “There has never been a more exciting time to join the motor industry, or so many opportunities across such a wide range of careers. To maintain the UK’s position as a global centre of excellence for automotive innovation, we need to attract the best talent across all backgrounds and genders. Highlighting the successful women driving our sector today will help inspire the next generation to design, engineer, manufacture and market the vehicles of the future.

The shortlisted winners will be chosen based on their seniority and level of influence and will be announced at a ceremony during the event on the 20 June. Backed by Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota, the day will also include two presentations from keynote speakers (to be announced soon), a panel debate and networking session.

The top 100 nominees will be selected from the following ten areas of the car industry: design, vehicle development, manufacturing, purchasing, sales (brand), sales (dealership and retail), marketing, communications, HR/personnel and executive. There will also be a category highlighting the brightest apprentices in the industry. A winner will be selected in each category, with an overall winner then being selected from that list.

The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry judging panel will be chaired by Haymarket Automotive’s Managing Director, Rachael Prasher. The panel – comprising Jim Holder, Mark Tisshaw, Steve Cropley and Rachel Burgess from Autocar’s editorial team, plus the SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson – will select the 100 most influential British women at a judging day ahead of the main event.

There is no limit on the number of nominations, but they must be registered by 23:59 on Friday 6 April 2018. Please send nominations to Autocar’s editorial director, Jim Holder, at, detailing the nominee’s name, position with context of their seniority, their number of direct reports, evidence of global influence, plus details of who they report to (including name and job title). The supporting evidence for each of the criteria set should be no more than 300 words in total.

Space for the event is strictly limited, with priority given to winners and past winners. However, it is anticipated that a limited number of tickets should be available. Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Jim Holder at

Full details of the 2018 Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry event can be found at now.

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