Automotive sector

IMI Sue Brownson Award Recognizes Julia Muir’s Contribution to the Automotive Industry

Automotive 30% Club founder Julia Muir has won IMI’s Sue Brownson Award in recognition of her efforts to “evolve the representation of female leadership” in the automotive sector.

The Sue Brownson Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Automotive Industry was presented to Muir at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) annual dinner by ITV News presenter Nina Hossain, IMI Managing Director Steve Nash and Kevin Finn, Chairman of the Board of IMI.

Upon receiving the award, Muir said the award was particularly meaningful because it was named after the late Sue Brownson OBE, whom she described as “a pioneering woman who contributed so much to the automotive industry and was a model of leadership. for many others”.

She added: “I would like to thank Steve Nash of IMI for being one of the first members of the Automotive 30% club, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the members for the real action that they take to drive positive inclusive change both within their organizations and through collaboration across the sector, to ensure that women will thrive and realize their potential.

Last week, IMI published the findings of its diversity report.

The industry body drew on a working group on physical and non-visible disabilities, a working group on race and ethnicity and a working group on gender and gender. orientation, made up of volunteers from across the sector to create the report.

IMI President Professor Jim Saker led the study which – he revealed in a recent AM News Show Podcast interview – was inspired by a response to one of his AM columns.

His research on the automotive gender gap found that men make up 81% of automotive retail employees.

The report states: “From an industry perspective, women are significantly underrepresented in the automotive retail sector, with only 19% women, when comparing non-automotive industries; in non-automotive industries, the gender breakdown is 49% male and 51% female. The under-representation of women is the most significant of all the variables tested (ethnicity, handicaps, etc.).

Muir’s efforts to “improve” the representation of women in automotive leadership positions gained momentum after the Automotive 30% Club was established in 2016.

The voluntary group – now made up of 60 MDs and CEOs from automotive manufacturing, retail and supplier companies – aims for at least 30% of key leadership positions in member organizations to be held by women. 2030.

Commenting on Muir’s award, Nash said: “The Automotive Industry Institute is very clear about the crucial role of greater diversity and equality in the automotive sector in closing the chronic skills gap we currently face. confronted. And the disparity in the representation of women at the top level is an issue that deserves particular attention.

“Julia Muir’s work has already gained traction with many of the largest automotive employers who are now members of the Automotive 30% Club. We therefore felt it was fair to acknowledge the enormous commitment she has made personally in awarding her the 2022 Sue Brownson Award.”