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  • Autocar confirms star-studded line-up for Great British Women in the Car Industry event
  • 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, 20 June 2018. Apply for tickets by email at

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 head of HR, Michelle Hepden-Dyer – an industry favourite after transforming the Product Engineering department’s 11,000 strong workforce during her two years at the British manufacturer.

Alex Smith will also lend his considerable expertise as the managing director of one of the UK’s largest manufacturers, Nissan, while 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, the client executive at Fujitsu who is a renowned market strategy expert and the 2018 Times Business Community Gender Champion.

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 very most influential across 12 key areas on 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, with Karen, a world-class view from a completely different perspective.”

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

Anyone interested in attending the event can register their interest at  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:

Arrival from (no lunch provided) – 1.00pm

Welcome – 1:45pm

Linda Jackson keynote – 1:50pm

Karen Brown –  2.05pm

Panel debate – 2.35pm

Awards ceremony – 3.40pm

Networking – 4pm

Departure – 5pm


Posted by Sue Robinson on 11/05/2018