Solus MD joins Automotive 30% Club

Solus Accident Repair Centre managing director Simon Smith has become the latest member to join the Automotive 30% Club.

The voluntary network of chief executives and managing directors from across the UK-based automotive network has a target of placing women in a minimum of 30% of key leadership roles within its organisations by 2030.

Diversity and inclusion lie at the core of Aviva-owned Solus’ people strategy, which it says is a natural fit with the aims of the Automotive 30% Club. Smith says: “I am delighted to join the Automotive 30% Club. The fit between the core values of Solus and the Automotive 30% Club are well aligned, and I am excited at the prospect of continuing to address the gender-balance within Solus as well as attracting new talented individuals into the accident repair sector. Accident repair is going to see significant change over the next few years, and to keep pace with this change it requires the ability to adapt and attract the best talent by providing an environment that supports and encourages development and growth.”

Julia Muir, who founded the Automotive 30% Club in 2016, welcomes Solus to its growing network saying: “It is my pleasure to welcome our new Automotive 30% Club member Simon Smith, managing director of Solus Accident Repair Centres. It is great to add another company from this important part of the automotive sector, with a leader who demonstrates such inclusive values. I am very excited about the opportunity to now take more action to improve the gender-balance in the accident repair sector.”