Autocar’s Great British Women event confirms star-studded line-up

Autocar has revealed a star-studded line-up for its Great British Women in the Car industry event, with applications for tickets to attend now open

·        Citroen Global CEO Linda Jackson and Olympic hockey great Karen Brown to deliver keynote speeches

·        Discussion panel to feature accomplished leaders from BMW Group, Ford, Fujitsu, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota

·        The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry event will take place on Wednesday, 20th June 2018. Apply for tickets by email at [email protected]  

Autocar has revealed a star-studded line-up for its Great British Women in the Car industry event, with applications for tickets to attend now open.

Citroen Global CEO Linda Jackson and Olympic-hockey great Karen Brown will be among the all-star cast taking to the stage at the Barbican Centre in London on June 20.

As keynote speakers, Jackson, a former Great British Women winner, and Brown, an Olympic field hockey bronze medallist and coach of the gold medal winners in Rio 2016, will be lending their insights as female leaders inside and outside the motor industry.


The event, organised by Autocar in association with the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is backed by BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, MINI, Nissan and Toyota.

It will also feature a discussion panel filled with a wealth of high-profile leaders and moderated by the chair of the Great British Women judging panel, Rachael Prasher, who is managing director of Haymarket Automotive, which publishes Autocar.

Panellists include Paula Cooper, the first director of Toyota GB’s ConsumerOne function, who will be bringing her 25 years’ experience in the motor industry to the discussion panel, alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s head of HR for Product Engineering, Michelle Hepden-Dyer – an industry favourite after transforming the Product Engineering department’s 11,000 strong workforce during her time at the British manufacturer.

BMW Group’s network facilities manager Fen Butler will offer unparalleled retail expertise after delivering the global pilot for MINI’s new Corporate Identity, alongside Val Risk, Fujitsu’s client executive, who is a renowned market strategy expert and the 2018 Times Business Community Gender Champion.

Alex Smith will lend his considerable expertise as the managing director of one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the UK, Nissan, and Jane Skerry, HR Director at Ford of Britain, will round off the six-strong panel discussion.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw commented: “This year promises to be the most exciting and engaging Great British Women event yet. Ahead of the event, we will announce the top 100 British women in the car industry, as well as nominating the most inspirational across 12 key areas of the business and an overall winner.

“That, in turn, will frame the celebratory format of the afternoon, with what promises to be first-rate insight from across the industry and, from Karen, a world-class view from a completely different perspective.”

The keynote speakers and discussion panel will be followed by an award ceremony, when the overall winner and category winners from the Great British Women in the Car Industry top 100 shortlist will be recognised, as well as the brightest female apprentices in the industry.

Anyone interested in attending the event can register their interest by emailing [email protected] now. Tickets are free, but places are limited by venue capacity and successful applicants will be notified prior to the event. The provisional timetable for the day is below:

From 1.00pm: Arrival (with tea and coffee)

1.45pm: Welcome

1.50pm: Linda Jackson keynote

2.05pm: Karen Brown

2.35pm: Panel debate

3.40pm: Awards ceremony

4.00pm: Networking (drinks and canapés)

5.00pm: Departure

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