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."
Girls at school should be able to see that they can do whatever they want, in whatever sector they choose. And for those of us in leadership roles in automotive, it is imperative that we ensure those future generations can see that our sector will inspire, enthuse and reward them equally.
Lesley Woolley, Chief Operating Officer, Institute of the Motor Industry - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club and Sponsor I4I Network
Neil Williamson, CEO, Jardine Motors Group - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club & 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."
“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).
Agustín Martín, President & MD, Toyota GB Plc - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club & Sponsor Inspiring e-zine
Alex Smith, MD, Volkswagen Group UK- Patron of the Automotive 30% Club
“Those of us who have spent our working lives in the automotive industry know that this is a results-driven business, and ensuring that the companies we lead stand out as diverse, representative meritocracies is a target we can all surely commit to.”
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.
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."
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.
Eddie Hawthorne, CEO, Group Managing Director, Arnold Clark - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club
"We want to reward good work and we want to find the best people and offer them a career for life. By creating great opportunities for employees, and learning from organisations including the Automotive 30% Club, we will address the gender balance and help transform the automotive industry."
Throughout the years of trying to fit into a different mould, I realised that while I can find success in trying to act like a male colleague would, I can be more successful as myself. That’s why I’m so committed to helping other women come to that realisation.
Annick Jourdenais, Chief Financial Officer, LKQ Euro Car Parts - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club
Mark Raban, CEO, Lookers plc - Patron of the Automotive 30% Club
"I’m a great believer in actions speaking louder than words, which is why I’m incredibly proud to become a Patron of the Automotive 30% Club. Working alongside other dedicated and inspirational members of our sector, I’m committed to addressing the challenges facing both Lookers and our industry."
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.