Autocar Great Women Rising Stars

Autocar Great Women 2024, an initiative run by Autocar in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, honours the stars of the British automotive industry.

The event, to be held on Tuesday 30 April, will celebrate the achievements of the most influential women across the motoring sector.

On the day, the Top 100 will be announced, chosen by Autocar and its panel of judges based on their seniority and level of influence.

These outstanding individuals will cover categories including Marketing, Retail, Vehicle Development and Manufacturing. There will also be an apprentice category, separate to the Top 100, to celebrate the industry’s up-and-comers. 

Alongside them, an overall winner will be crowned. They will join a long list of distinguished previous winners such as Stellantis’s Alison Jones and Peugeot's Linda Jackson.

The event will also include presentations from keynote speakers (soon to be announced), a panel debate and a networking session. 

This year is the ninth edition of the Autocar Great Women awards, which was launched in 2016. The initiative celebrates women within the automotive sector, annually switching focus between future industry leaders (as part of Autocar Great Women: Rising Stars) and the powerhouses who command the greatest influence within their fields.

How to nominate

Nominations are now closed.

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Retail (sales, aftersales and workshop)

Open to anyone in a senior role in retail sales, aftersales and workshops, but we will accept entries from other areas of the retail industry if appropriate.


Open to anyone in a senior position in OEM, retail or supplier environments. If your skill set crosses over to one of the other categories too, please enter both categories.


Open to anyone in a senior marketing role for an OEM, supplier or retailer. You must demonstrate your input has changed how customers perceive and interact with your brand.


Open to anyone in a senior manufacturing role for an OEM or supplier. Enter if you can demonstrate how you have made your manufacturing facility more successful.


Open to those in senior roles that encompass an operations element in an OEM, supplier or sales environment. Must demonstrate your integral role in the success of the company.


Open to senior HR professionals in automotive, this category reflects the importance of the sector to attract and nurture talent, provide growth, support wellbeing and foster a strong culture of diversity and inclusion.

PR and communications

Open to those in a PR or communications role for an OEM, supplier or retailer. Entrants will lead big teams and be able to show how their work has influenced company success.


Open to anyone who works on the procurement side of a business. Should demonstrate cost-savings success through innovative thinking and/or relationships with suppliers.


Open to senior sales staff from an OEM or supplier. Successful entrants will be able to demonstrate consistently beating targets in their leadership of sales operations.

Vehicle development

Open to those whose senior role involves vehicle development - including those working in design roles - for an OEM or supplier. This award is restricted to development, rather than encompassing vehicle sales or marketing.

Government affairs

Open to anyone who works for a governing body or lobby group that makes a difference in the economic and/or political environment of the automotive industry.


Open to anyone working on an apprenticeship scheme within retail or manufacturing. A clear career vision and how you expect to achieve it should be demonstrated.