Alison Ross

Platform & Operations and People Director, Auto Trader UK- Partner Sponsor

“We consider ourselves doubly challenged when attracting women to work for us,” jokes Alison Ross, Platform & Operations and People Director at Auto Trader, explaining she’s referring to the company’s dual sectors of traditionally male-oriented automotive and technology. “However, during the past five years, we’ve made a concerted effort around diversity and inclusion, and we want to contribute positively to the automotive industry as a whole.”

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Alison Ross (Platform and Operations and People Director, AutoTrader) [photograph]
Alison Ross
Rebecca Clark (Manufacturer & Agency Director at AutoTrader) [photograph]
Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark

Manufacturer & Agency Director, Auto Trader UK - Partner Sponsor

"It felt a perfect fit for where Auto Trader is – what we believe in, what we're passionate about, and equally what the UK Automotive 30% Club is designed to achieve," says Rebecca Clark, Manufacturer & Agency Director at Auto Trader.

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Rachel Shepherd

General Manager, HR & Facilities at Toyota (GB) - Sponsor of Inspiring magazine

“It’s about enabling everyone to be their best version of themselves and creating the right environment as an employer so people can thrive, do their best work and stretch themselves to be better than they realised they could be,” says Rachel Shepherd, General Manager, HR & Facilities at Toyota (GB).

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Penny Burnett (HR Director at Volkswagen Group, UK) [photograph]
Penny Burnett

Penny Burnett

HR Director, Volkswagen Group UK - Sponsor of IAW Day 2019

“You get different ideas when people come at things from different perspectives, and you get a more rounded view and often improved decisions,” says Penny Burnett, HR Director at Volkswagen Group UK, explaining her belief in the need to promote diversity in the work place.

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Clare Martin

HR Director, Jardine Motors Group - Sponsor of IAW Awards 2019

“When I joined the company, we had only five percent of females in management roles, and now we’re at 29 percent,” comments Clare Martin, Group HR Director at Jardine Motors Group. She emphasises it’s always about finding the right people to do the job, not just about hitting a number, “because once we hit 30% we’ll still carry on.

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Clare Martin
Trevor Mather

Trevor Mather

CEO at Auto Trader UK - Partner Sponsor

“It’s critical to encourage different viewpoints. I want to have people around me with different views, who constructively disagree, who actively challenge people I can sit across from and feel they’re different, diverse and not just like me. And, of course, the gender difference is an intrinsic part of that.”

 

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Paul Van der Burgh

President and MD at Toyota (GB) Plc - Sponsor of Inspiring magazine

 “Getting the right corporate culture and employee mix requires us to really develop and expand our female leadership"

 

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Paul Van der Burgh
Alex Smith

Alex Smith

MD at Volkswagen Group UK - Sponsor of IAW Day 2019

“The ’30 by 30′ initiative really supports the transformational change we’re working towards in this industry,” says Alex Smith, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK.

 

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Neil Williamson

CEO at Jardine Motors Group - Sponsor of IAW Awards 2019

“If it’s one out of 10 or two out of 10, even if you’re brilliant and effective and amazing, you’re just not heard. Because there’s not enough people like you. But once you get 30% and above, then you’re heard.”

 

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Neil Williamson (CEO at Jardine Motors Group)
Neil Williamson