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Citroën's global CEO Linda Jackson tops 2018 Great British Women in the Car Industry list; all 100 winners revealed
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20 June 2018

Autocar has revealed the 100 most influential and inspirational women working in the car industry, with the list topped by Citroën CEO Linda Jackson.

The list was compiled by judges from Autocar and the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The full list can be viewed here.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “Linda’s four-year tenure leading Citroën has overseen a remarkable and meteoric rise for the brand. The car industry needs more Linda Jacksons; she’s not only a role model, but an example to women wanting to work in the car industry that the sky is not the limit if you have the talent and determination.”

Receiving the overall award, as well as winning the executive category honour, Jackson said: “It’s an honour and testament to the hard work from everyone at Citroën that has helped build on what has been such a successful few years. 

“There is a huge wealth of talent in the sector and it’s a truly exciting industry to be a part of, especially as automotive is one of the most pioneering industries when it comes to future technology. I hope this Autocar award inspires even more women to pursue a career in this industry at all levels.”

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Other individual category award winners include Jaguar Land Rover chief product engineer Elizabeth Hill, who has heavily influenced the British manufacturer’s award-winning product line-up, and Helen Emsley, the Yorkshire-born design director of General Motors-owned brands GMC and Buick.

The Great British Women in the Car Industry’s 100-strong ‘power-list’ looks to celebrate success and encourage more women into the car industry at all levels and in all sectors, from purchasing to product development.

Tisshaw added: “While there are certainly challenges in the car industry, it’s heartening to see such a wealth of outstanding British women thriving in an array of roles and in the most senior positions.

“There is plenty of work to be done but, by highlighting the considerable impact of these women, we hope we can inspire more women into our amazing automotive world.”

SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said: “We are delighted to be involved with this fantastic event again this year, celebrating the many achievements of the top 100 British women in the car industry. Issues of inequality are rightly in the headlines at the moment, highlighting the challenges that remain in ensuring everyone has equal treatment and equal opportunity.

"The motor industry has improved gradually but still has a long way to go and the women we celebrate today are often role models who have prospered in what is a highly competitive environment. We hope that in years to come, more and more women will follow in the footsteps of the top 100 and help the sector be truly representative of society and the customer base we serve.”

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Great British Women in the Car Industry, organised by Autocar in association with the SMMT, is backed by BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Nissan and Toyota.

The list of winners by category is below.

Executive and overall winner 

Linda Jackson, chief executive, Citroën


Helen Emsley, design director, General Motors

Product Development

Elizabeth Hill, chief product engineer, Jaguar Land Rover


Fiona Pargeter, customer experience director, Jaguar Land Rover

Government Affairs

Helen Foord, head of government relations and public policy, PSA Groupe


Josephine Payne, plant manager, Ford Motor Company


Sue Slaughter, director of purchasing, Ford of Europe

Sales - Brand

Rachael Thompson, sales director, Mercedez-Benz Cars UK

Sales - Retail

Diana Mackinnon, general manager, Lexus Edgware


Michelle Roberts, marketing director, BMW Group UK

Human Resources

Clare Martin, group HR director, Jardine Motors Group 

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20 June 2018

Personally, I'd be more interested in the top 100 women in the industry, irrespective of nationality.

But congratualtions to Linda Jackson - am sure she'd be near the top either way.

20 June 2018

Rather outdated and discriminatory. Select people for their impact, not their gender. Gender is of no relevance whatsoever.

20 June 2018

One of my pet hates is categorising people. I've had a look on Autocar history and searched the internet but I can't find the top 100 men?

Next problem...  Top 100 British Women?  Do you have to be British to qualify or should the headline not have read Top 100 women working in British Car Industry?

Next problem...  Not that the colour of your skin should make any difference but having just view the 100 nominees, not one black, no Asians etc.

If that's the top 100 then I think the industry needs to ask itself does your ethnic origin or skin colour prevent you from reaching the top?

20 June 2018

My question would be - does your skin colour, gender, sexual preference etc, etc, really matter?

If we focussed on the impact people make in business, none of those things would be barriers, because nobody would consider them to be important.

Unfortunately, lists like this one, although no doubt well intentioned, simply embed the problem - which as you said, is categorisation.

20 June 2018

Top 100 people in the car industry with Geordie accents.

20 June 2018

No it doesn't. It names 100 British women, unless the 'British Automotive Olympics' were held and the winners of the Marketing event, the Sales event and so on are now taking their rightful place amongst the hallowed pages of Autocar. Otherwise, this, like most 'top people' lists, is merely a reflection of people that are in more public or media facing roles, engage in more self-promotion or are promoted/nominated by those around them.

20 June 2018

I hope Autocar is taking note of the comments.  It's patronising for women and serves no purpose whatsoever.  It's just pure absurd flim-flan.  What a crap way to run a motoring magazine?

20 June 2018

Hahaha, LMAO.  Diana from Lexus could win an Oscar for brown nosing but not a lot else. Always on jollies with the rest of the idiots ‘running’ the place. Taking credit for the work of others. Total joke!!!!

20 June 2018

I find the idea of separate awards for Females abhorent and patronising.  Should be awards for the bestin any industry regardless if gender or any other bit of identity politics.

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