15 Jun 2024
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IMI becomes Partner Sponsor of Automotive 30% Club

The IMI has become the key sponsor of the Automotive 30% Club for 2023 and 2024.

The Automotive 30% Club is a voluntary network of MDs and CEOs from UK based automotive manufacturing, retailing and supplier companies. Founded in 2016, Its goal is to fill at least 30% of key leadership positions in the member organisations with women by 2030 through its 30 by 30 strategy.

Lesley Woolley, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the IMI and Lead of its Diversity Task Force, became a Patron of the Automotive 30% Club in 2022, and was also a 2022 Automotive 30% Club Inspiring Automotive Women award winner. She observed:

“The skills gap faced by the automotive sector has been intensified by a crisis in recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce, and the current and historical lack of diversity has undoubtedly contributed to the challenges.

“To overcome these issues, both the IMI and the 30% Club believe it is crucial to spotlight progress, facilitate debate and deliver the tools that will drive greater inclusivity. Intuitively it is the right thing to do, and we believe our combined resources will go a long way to educate, inform and rally the support of as many organisations as possible to enact change as quickly as possible.”

Julia Muir, founder of the Automotive 30% Club added: “I am delighted that the IMI is our new Partner Sponsor and is actively championing gender balance in the automotive industry. Following the fantastic work of their Diversity Task Force, the IMI has become a driving force for all forms of EDI across the sector, and so are the perfect strategic partner for the Club. Lesley Woolley is an amazing advocate and ambassador for increasing female representation and is a valued Patron of the Club. I look forward to collaborating further with Lesley and the IMI team to accelerate progress, so more automotive businesses reap the benefits of building high performing gender-balanced teams.”

Central to the new IMI sponsorship is the next Automotive 30% Club’s annual conference, scheduled to take place on 16 May. Meanwhile, the winner of the 2024 Inspiring Automotive Woman of the Year Award will be announced for the first time at the IMI’s Annual Dinner in March 2024.