SMMT names new president

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has named Mick Flanagan as its new president.

Flanagan, vice-president for Volvo, JLR, Toyota, Nissan at Adient, will take up his new role on 1 January, taking over from Alison Jones, who steps down after completing her two-year tenure.

He said: “I am honoured to accept the appointment as president of the SMMT. As we drive forward, adapting our industry to deliver the exciting new realities of a zero emission vehicle world, and at the same time overcome macroeconomic headwinds, it is crucial that we have a strong trade body to represent, influence and lead all strands of UK Automotive. I look forward to supporting the SMMT team to do just that, and also want to congratulate Alison Jones on her successful tenure as President and thank her for her strong support.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mick as president. His wealth of industry experience with vehicle manufacturers and, in particular, global supply chain companies will be a huge asset as both undergo transformation on the road to net zero. I would also like to thank outgoing President Alison Jones for her tireless commitment and invaluable support to me and the SMMT over the past two years. She has championed our industry at home and abroad, helping ensure the UK is a competitive destination for inward investment and leaves her SMMT role with a substantial and positive legacy.”