IMI celebrates outstanding achievers

Over 350 members, supporters and industry partners of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) met at a gala awards night in London to applaud the accomplishments of individuals and organisations across the sector in driving continued development and raising already exemplary standards.

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, said: “The last two years have presented personal and professional challenges that no one could have predicted. Yet, collectively, those in the automotive industry have gone above and beyond to ensure that hurdles have been overcome and unexpected opportunities grasped.

“The IMI is extremely proud to represent a richly diverse community of new and established professionals who have stood shoulder to shoulder to not only safely ride the pandemic, but also strengthen the industry’s foundations to ensure its continued success. Last night we had the opportunity to recognise those over-achievers in one of the first in-person gatherings for the sector as we come out of the pandemic.”

The winners of the IMI 2022 Awards were: Outstanding Contribution to the Motor Industry – Thatcham Research; Apprentice of the Year – Ian Robertson of James Moodie Motor Engineers and Ethan Harris of Euro Performance; Full-time Student of the Year – Trinity Hutley, Barnfield College; The Patron’s Award – Jan Livingstone, W Livingstone Ltd, Scotland; Contribution to the work of the IMI – Pete Jackson, FIMI, Lincoln College; and Partner of the year – Belron.

Dean Lander, Thatcham head of repair sector services, said: “Thatcham Research remains committed to providing an excellent foundation for future talent, helping to nurture successful and thriving careers in the repair industry. It is tremendously rewarding to have been recognised in this way by the IMI, an outstanding professional body which shares that very same commitment to the development of people.”

“We would also like to thank all the apprentices who showed incredible dedication through difficult times to complete their programme. The new skills and fresh impetus they bring are essential to the industry, as we adapt to the new challenges modern vehicles present to repair.”