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Jones heads auto honours list

Several leading figures in the automotive industry have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

A knighthood has been awarded to Alan Jones, chairman of Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) and executive vice-president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Europe, in recognition of his services to motor manufacturing.

Jones, who is based at Burnaston in Derbyshire, has been with the company since 1990. A chartered engineer, he has previously been manufacturing director with General Motors.

Richard Parry-Jones, Ford group vice-president of global product development and chief technical officer, receives a CBE. Parry-Jones, who has been with Ford since 1969, oversees the carmaker’s engineering organisation with a 30,000-strong global workforce.

Maurice Newey, who retired in December after six years as chief executive of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), formerly the Vehicle Inspectorate, receives a CBE. And William Whannell, VOSA station manager at Canterbury test station, receives an MBE after 30 years service with the agency.

Dave Richards, director of automotive technology and motorsport company Prodrive, receives a CBE for his services to motorsport. Malcolm Bird, chairman of the SMMT’s automotive component section and director of quality and sustainable development with drivetrain component manufacturer GKN Driveline is awarded an OBE.

Lionel Clark receives an MBE for services to the Automobile Association, where he has worked since 1960, developing the company’s mapping, traffic information and monitoring and navigation services.

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