Our Sponsors & Patrons

Tom Kilroy, CEO, Keyloop - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club and Sponsor I4I Network

"Tom is passionate about addressing the gender balance in the automotive technology sector and building a diverse workplace. From the leadership team and throughout the organisation, he believes that the best decisions will be made by creating an environment that enables diverse and creative thinking."

 

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Passionate about gender equality, Daksh hopes his commitment of becoming a Patron of the Automotive 30% Club will spark other companies to really consider what they are doing to create environments which are inclusive to all.

 

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Daksh Gupta, CEO, Marshall Motor Group - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club and Sponsor IAW Day 2021

Neil Williamson, CEO, Jardine Motors Group - Sponsor IAW Awards

"Gender balance is a subject that's really close to my heart - my wife and I met in the car industry. She started on the manufacturer's side and ended up on the retail side, and that had challenges along the way. So that's given me a close insight into what it used to be like for females in our world."

 

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“Women need to see and aspire to leadership positions and they need to see women in those positions so that they know it’s attainable and they can deliver exceptionally well”, comments Agustín Martín, President and Managing Director, Toyota (GB).

 

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Agustín Martín, President & MD, Toyota GB Plc - Sponsor Inspiring e-zine

Kristian Elvefors, MD, Volvo Car UK - Patron and Sponsor IAW Day 2020

Kristian believes a great culture and willingness to change is key to reach gender equality. Volvo strives to ensure their people are able to be the best versions of themselves regardless of social background or individual characteristics. Volvo believes that a strong leadership team is created by having the best people in the right roles.

 

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For Catherine, the most powerful thing about the Automotive 30% Club, is the dual approach to driving change – from the top down and the bottom up. A good number of the CEOs and leaders of the biggest businesses in the industry are onboard and so we should have a substantial impact if we all engage and work together.

 

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Catherine Faiers, COO, Auto Trader UK - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club

Martin Forbes, President, Cox Automotive International - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club

Martin believes that the real opportunity for inclusion and diversity is to focus on being open-minded. He comments: "The issue is not necessarily lack of diverse talent within the industry, but employers only hiring like-minded people."

 

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Improving gender balance along with the creation of an effective diversity and inclusion policy is fundamental to the future of work in the automotive sector. Arguably, these areas are some of the most important matters facing the automotive industry today.

 

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Mark Carpenter, CEO, Motorpoint - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club