The UK Automotive 30% Club hosted 100 students from 10 secondary schools for a career networking event at the CDX17 automotive fair in Silverstone on the 23rd May 2017 in partnership with the Volkswagen Group UK. Brought to Silverstone by UK Automotive 30% Club Founder Julia Muir for its second year, Inspiring Automotive Women highlighted the careers available in the motor industry, through keynote speeches, careers fair and speed networking.
The event included a welcome from Gaia Innovation Chief Executive and UK Automotive 30% Club founder, Julia Muir and Penny Burnett, Human Resources Director VW Group UK. This was followed by career talks and interviews with Penny and Clare Martin, Group HR Director Jardine Motor Group, and Career Speed Networking with women working in different roles across the automotive industry.
The automotive women taking part in the career speed networking event included:
- Beth Allen – Business Management Analysis, VW Group UK Ltd
- Caroline Brock – Group Marketing Manager, Jardine Motors Group
- Tracy Crump – Head of Commercial, Bentley Motors Ltd
- Tina De La Cruz – Sales Manager, Jardine Motors Group
- Anne Garvey – Leadership Development Manager, Jardine Motors Group
- Nicola Gough – Head of Department: Closures Department, Bentley Motors Group
- Sam Harvey – Head of Group Finance & Insurance, Jardine Motors Group
- Nicola Johnson – Head of Strategy, Organisation & Projects, Bentley Motors Group
- Amanda Morgan – WHLVTP Implementation Manager, VW Group UK Ltd
- Helen Mutter – General Manager: Planning & Programmes, Kia Motors Ltd
- Gillian Seath – Finance Coordinator, Audi UK
- Kate Thompson – Head of Press & Public Relations, VW Commercial Vehicles
- Keeley Vickers – Clothing Manager, Ducati UK
The event forms an important part of the “reach out” phase of the UK Automotive 30% Club’s ‘30 by 30’ strategy which aims to secure 30% female leadership in the automotive industry by 2030.
Our students benefited enormously…..they had very little awareness or tangible knowledge of what was on offer or indeed what they could achieve by working in the Automotive Industry. Moreover, what came across strongly for our students from the day was the sheer diversity of careers available for them within the industry.”
Head of Computer Science King Edward VII School, Sheffield.