IMI COO secures prestigious Automotive 30% Club award

Institute of Motor Industry’ chief operating officer and Diversity Task Force lead Lesley Woolley has been named as one of this year’s Automotive 30% Club Inspiring Automotive Women Award winners.

The Awards were launched to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes of the automotive industry. Unique in the sector, nominations can be made for women who have personally inspired individuals in the sector.

Julia Muir, founder of the Automotive 30% Club and CEO of Gaia Innovation, said: “Lesley has been recognised for her amazing work as the Lead of the IMI Diversity Task Force. Not only is she driving collaboration across the sector to create best practice and guidance to improve diversity and inclusion. She has also been instrumental in the IMI’s development of practical and tangible outputs in the form of courses and qualifications. Lesley has also been a strong advocate and ambassador for the Automotive 30% Club. As a senior female executive in the industry, she is a true inspiration to other women and we are proud to have her as a Patron of the Automotive 30% Club.”

Woolley added: “It is such a huge honour to be nominated for this Award, let alone be a winner. Whilst I am extremely proud to be in the company of the other amazing winners, I am truly humbled by the amazing support and commitment of so many and their inspiration must equally be applauded. The IMI and all those taking this journey with us, have made significant strides in addressing EDI in our sector. The work undertaken is positively driving change and establishing a more inclusive and diverse workplace. The foundations have been laid and we look forward to building upon them to create fair and exciting job opportunities for all now and in the future.”