Experts from Ford and Jaguar Land Rover will be among a stellar line-up of guest speakers at this year’s Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry – Rising Stars event.
The event, which will be held at Twickenham Stadium on 21 June, aims to identify and promote the car industry’s most promising female rising stars and highlight the industry’s career opportunities. The event has almost doubled in size since its inaugural running last year.
A series of panels and discussions will be held during the day. It will begin with a Q&A session with Fiona Spowers, the director of Riversimple, an innovative British company that has built a hydrogen fuel cell car called the Rasa. A second keynote address will be given by Paul Geddes, the Group CEO of the Direct Line Group and non-executive director of Channel Four Television Corporation.
The event will feature two panel debates, on ‘The car industry today and the opportunity it offers’, and ‘How to progress in the industry and make the most of the opportunities in it’.
Panellists in the opening debate will include Helen Emsley (head of design, GM Buick and GMC), Sue Robinson (director, National Franchised Dealer Association), Paul van der Burgh (president and managing director, Toyota (GB) PLC), Linda Carpenter(product planning and strategy director, Ford of Europe), Danella Bagnall (EVP product engineering lead for China/Asia Pacific region, Jaguar Land Rover) and Matthew Weaver (design director, Infiniti EMEA).
The second debate will feature Jeremy Thomson (managing director, Mazda Motors UK Ltd), Michelle Roberts (head of international brand and communications management, BMW AG/MINI UK), Clare Martin (group HR director, Jardine Motors Group incorporating Lancaster), Val Jackson (client executive, Fujitsu Services) and Jennifer Thomas (head of internal communications & experience, Direct Line Group).