Autocar will reveal the car industry’s 100 most influential British women this summer.
A panel of judges from Autocar and the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) will select winners in a series of categories, as well as one individual who will be named Britain’s most influential woman in the automotive industry.
The announcement will form a key part of an event created to encourage more women into the automotive industry and to address challenges they face in both entering and progressing in it.
The winners will be announced at the inaugural Great British Women in the Car Industry event on 8 July 2016, where a follow-up panel debate will also discuss the challenges and issues involved.
Autocar editorial director, Jim Holder, said: “We have started this event to stimulate debate about the attractiveness of the industry we love as a place to work for everyone. At present, women are underrepresented in the automotive industry, but it is our belief that a positive focus on the numerous opportunities that a career in the industry can offer can have a real impact in reversing that trend.
“For instance, only 9% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female, the lowest percentage in Europe, and less than 16% of engineering and technology undergraduates are women. Despite this, 64% of engineering employers state that a lack of new talent is a threat to their business and reports suggest that there is a shortfall of 55,000 new recruits a year if the UK’s engineering industry is to reach its potential.”