Autocar appoints top female executives in UK car industry

Autocar appoints top female executives in UK car industry

Alison Jones, senior vice president of circular economy at Stellantis, has won Autocar’s Great Women in the British Car Industry 2022 initiative, held in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Autocar Great women in the UK car industry 2022

Jones also topped Autocar’s Executive category alongside 11 other category winners who are recognized as the most influential women in the UK car industry today. Outstanding individuals in categories including Marketing, Sales, Vehicle Development and Manufacturing celebrate their achievements today at a live event in London.

Autocar has also named five other Hall of Fame members in 2022. In addition to Linda Jackson, the inaugural 2020 Hall of Famer, are: Danella Bagnall, Director of Vehicle Program Quality at Jaguar Land Rover; Josephine Payne, Craiova Site Director for Ford Motor Company; Michelle Roberts, Marketing Director at BMW Group UK; Angela Shepherd, CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Retail Group; and Sue Slaughter, Global Purchasing Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford of Europe.

An Apprentice category, also recognized today, celebrates the rising stars at the start of their careers in the automotive industry.

Jones’ rise in the ranks of Stellantis was impressive, even for those well versed in her skills. In February 2019, she was appointed Group Director of Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles in the UK and Senior Vice President of the PSA Group. Subsequently, following the merger of those brands under the Stellantis umbrella, Jones was given an overarching role in 2021, as they UK country manager and senior vice president for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo. A year later, she took on the global Stellantis role of senior vice president of circular economy. She is also chairman of the SMMT.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “Alison Jones continues to build on her impressive industry track and career to date, and is a worthy two-time winner of our initiative. Her recent promotion to a global role within Stellantis demonstrates precisely why she is so highly regarded within this most influential organization, and her success, influence and profile show no signs of slowing down.”

Jones said: “I am very honored to receive this award as the Autocar team and these awards show how much talent and great jobs we have in our industry. We all continue to work collectively to improve the diversity and inclusion of our teams in all its forms. Our workforce should be a reflection of our communities and customers, and our industry is so exciting and changing that it should and can be attractive to everyone.”