Jones said: “It’s an honour to join the impressive list of winners at the Great Women in the British Car Industry awards. The initiative is a fantastic way to showcase the breadth of talent across the industry. I strongly believe, as do my colleagues at Groupe PSA, that a diverse and inclusive workplace, in all aspects, is a successful workplace. We work together to constantly drive improvements in this area, which is great for our colleagues, and our business results.”
Chair of the judging panel and managing director of Autocar and Haymarket Automotive, Rachael Prasher, added: “The phenomenal success of all our Top 100 Great Women demonstrates the scope of career opportunities in the automotive world and the achievements possible. Each year, the talent pool gets bigger, making our job as judges harder, but it’s a fantastic sign of the breadth of talented women working in the industry.”
Run in partnership with the SMMT, Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry initiative is supported by sponsors Bentley, Nissan, Toyota and the Institute of the Motor Industry.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: “We are pleased and honoured to continue our association with Autocar and its Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative. Looking across the Top 100 list, we can see women leading and excelling in all aspects of the industry, from vehicle engineering to production, sales, marketing and beyond.”
Hawes added: “There’s much more we need to do to improve all aspects of the sector’s diversity, but it is role models such as those recognised here who can help ensure our sector is an exciting and inspiring place in which to work, attracting the best and brightest for the future.”
This year’s virtual event features a panel debate with some of the industry’s biggest names chaired by Prasher, alongside appearances from PSA’s Linda Jackson, Bentley board member Astrid Fontaine and former England Women’s cricket captain Clare Connor.
You can view the Top 100 by visiting the Great Women in the British Car Industry microsite. The social media hashtag for the initiative is #AutocarGreatWomen
The full list of category winners is as follows:
Design – Lisa Reeves, head of interior design, Volvo Cars
Executive – Alison Jones, group managing director and senior vice-president, PSA Group UK
Government affairs – Helen Foord, head of government relations and public policy, PSA Group UK
Manufacturing – Josephine Payne, Craiova vehicle operations assistant plant manager, Ford
Marketing – Michelle Roberts, marketing director, BMW UK
Mobility and digital – Paula Cooper, director, Consumer One, Toyota GB
Operations – Sue Slaughter, director, global material cost and supply base sustainability, Ford