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Less than a month until Autocar ‘Great Women in the British Car Industry’ 2022 nominations close

There is now less than a month until applications for the Autocar Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative close.  

Run by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and judged by a panel of automotive experts, the initiative recognises the top 100 women leading the way across the UK’s car industry, with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 14th June 2022.

Applications have to be completed by 11.59pm 1st April 2022, with candidates able to nominate themselves or be nominated by their peers. For more information and to enter, visit Autocar Great Women 2022

Last year, the awards celebrated rising stars in the industry. This year, Autocar and its panel of judges will once again recognise an overall winner, as well as leaders across 11 key industry categories including Executive, Operations, and Vehicle Development.

To apply or nominate someone, or to find out more, visit:

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

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

Haymarket Automotive managing director Rachael Prasher, who heads the judging panel, said: “The International Women’s Day is a perfect day to remind women across the automotive industry to apply for the Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative. This will be the seventh year of our initiative and we are looking forward to once again shining a light on the best talent in the UK’s automotive industry.

This past year has seen even more women move into leadership positions across the industry. Great British Women both celebrates these achievements and provides an opportunity for all women in the automotive industry or who are considering joining the automotive industry to see and hear from these amazing role models. Each year we are blown away by the growing number of entries across all industry sectors and I’m sure 2022 will be no exception.”

Also on the judging panel, SMMT CEO Mike Hawes
said: “SMMT is delighted to support these awards once again. The sector is working to improve its record on diversity and inclusion and if initiatives such as this can inspire more women to consider the automotive industry as a career, we can begin to address the gender balance in the sector and then think about how we address other diversity issues. Participating in the judging process is one of the highlights of the year, as it reveals the depth of talent in the industry so I wish every entrant the very best of luck.”

The top 100 will be selected from the following 11 areas of the car industry: Aftersales and Workshop, Executive, Marketing, Manufacturing, Operations, People Development, PR and Communications, Sales, Purchasing, Vehicle Development, and Mobility and Digital. A winner will be selected in each category, with the overall winner then chosen from that list.

In addition to the top 100 leading women in the British car industry, there is a category for apprentices that celebrates new talent in the sector at the beginning of their career.

Autocar’s Great Women in the British Car Industry 2022 judges also include Mark Tisshaw, Rachel Burgess, Jim Holder and Piers Ward from Autocar’s editorial team. The panel will select the 100 most influential British women during a judging day ahead of the main event.

Spaces for the event are limited, with priority given to this year’s winners and previous winners. However, it is anticipated that a limited number of tickets will be available. Those interested in attending should contact Lydia Banton ([email protected]). 

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