Toyota GB’s Carla Henson, Jess Portman and Emma Johnson have all been recognised in Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry initiative for 2019.
The annual event, organised by Autocar magazine, is a celebration of women’s contribution to the nation’s automotive sector. Both Carla (Senior Manager, HR Business Partnering and Employee Experience) and Jess (HR Specialist, Emerging Talent) are included in the award’s People Development category, as well as figuring in the top 100 Rising Stars category.
Emma (ConsumerOne Customer Connection and Experience Innovation Manager) was included in the categories for New Mobility and Digital Solutions. Also commended was Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK’s Robyn Clarke (Degree apprentice engineer).
The nominations underline Toyota’s commitment to the UK Automotive 30% Club, through which we pledge for women to make up 30% of key leadership positions in the business by 2023, and 25% of senior executive roles within the next five years.
Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry highlights the achievements of women across the full business spectrum, including marketing, sales, people development and manufacturing. The 100 rising stars were announced at an event hosted in London on 19 June 2019.
Rachael Prasher, Managing Director of Autocar and Haymarket Automotive and chair of the judging panel, said: “It is always exciting for us to recognise the leading women in our industry, but this year’s event feels particularly special.
“Not only are we looking at the strength of the UK’s automotive industry at the moment, but we are celebrating the names to look out for, carrying the industry into the future.”
The event is held in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with Toyota as one of its headline sponsors.