Time is running out to nominate an inspirational female leader in automotive for the 2021 Barbara Cox Award Woman of the Year Award.
The nomination window for the award closes at midnight this Friday (January 22, 2021), and nominees will then be invited to provide further details.
Now in its third year, the award, which is held in association with AM, recognises a woman that demonstrates a commitment to innovation, leadership, or community and is named after Barbara Cox, who served as director of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive’s parent company in the USA,
The winner of the award will receive £5,000 to spend on her own personal development.
In 2020, the award was presented to Alison Jones, group managing director UK and senior vice president of Groupe PSA. On her win, Jones said: "I felt very privileged to be recognised by the judges for my contribution to our industry, customers, my teams and the wider community. To be recognised for this by others was a real honour, and it meant so much after many years of service to our industry.”
Alison Fisher, chief people officer at Cox Automotive, said: “Inclusion is a key priority for Cox Automotive, not only in the UK but globally. We want to create inclusive workplaces where everyone can be their true self at work. A key part of our inclusion strategy is our Women with Drive initiative which exists to celebrate the work of women in the automotive industry.
“The Barbara Cox “Woman of the Year” recognises successful women, like our previous winners Beryl and Alison, who make a significant impact on the industry and hopefully inspire other women in the automotive industry to do the same.”
Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, AM and Smart Transport, said: “Diversity and inclusion is a key brand value for Fleet News, AM and Smart Transport so we are delighted to partner Cox Automotive in this important award which recognises and celebrates inspirational women in the automotive industry.”
Both the nomination and supporting information will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes AM's Sarah Tooze, Cox Automotive UK’s Liam Quegan and Alison Fisher; last year’s winner Alison Jones and 2019 winner JCT600’s Beryl Carney plus Lynda Ennis from Ennis & Co.
The winner will be announced on March 8, 2021, as part of wider planned celebrations on International Women’s Day.