IAM RoadSmart chief executive, Sarah Sillars, has been named in Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry 2016. She was recognised in the Executive category, alongside leading industry figures such as Alison Fowler from Ford of Europe.
Sarah has a long history within the automotive sector, having been CEO and Executive Chair of the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI). She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to skills training and the retail motor industry.
Sarah said: “What can I say? It’s a fantastic honour to be recognised alongside so many brilliant women, from across the industry. Automotive is a great sector to work in, because of the diversity of roles and the opportunities to progress. Just look at the Autocar list.”
She went on: “While the car industry is often perceived as male dominated, these awards demonstrate that there are opportunities for all. I’d recommend anybody interested in a career in this area to talk to the IMI who are really championing careers in all areas, whether that’s PR, marketing, business management, IT or the core business of engineering, sales and aftermarket.”