External affairs director Sue Robinson becomes the first director of policy in the reorganisation. “We will become more proactive,” says chief executive Carrington. “Block exemption will be renewed or replaced in 2010, and getting our sector’s views across in Brussels must start next year.
“One objective will be to persuade the EU that the automotive industry should continue to have its own block exemption. Including it in a general regulation with other sectors would give manufacturers even more power.
“The RMI also faces a period of unparalleled change because of increased pressure from manufacturers and consumers, and skills shortages.”
Robinson, based at London HQ, will also take charge of the RMI’s National Franchised Dealers Association when Alan Pulham retires in June. More operational responsibility will be handed to the team at the NFDA’s base in Rugby. Carrington says: “Alan’s knowledge and insight has been invaluable for 15 often tumultuous years. We plan to retain him as a consultant.”
Pulham says: “I am glad franchised dealers are to have more say on policy. I was appointed to start that process in 1990 when dealers were not considered to have views.”
Other RMI appointments: Ray Holloway (director of Independent Member Associations), Frank Finch (director of Standards – the RMI Conciliation Service will report to him) and Beryl Walsh-Atkins (group director of Marketing and Membership) adds PR.