Rising Stars of the Automotive Industry Recognised

Lisa Leah Keri


The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry event recognised the sector’s top 100 most promising rising stars.

Thirteen female employees from Ford were recognised in the Autocar Top 100 rising stars of the automotive industry.

The Manufacturing category was won by Ford’s diesel manufacturing strategy manager, Leah Bruce, and there was strong representation of Ford women in the Marketing and Product Development categories,too. Congratulations also to Leah Cotton, an Apprentice Technician with Skillnet, who works for Sandicliffe Motor Group, who made the Rising Stars Top 100.

Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “I’m delighted to see so many of our female employees being recognised at this special event. Women are underrepresented in the automotive sector and it’s fantastic that events like this highlight the successful women in our industry, and raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities that exist.”

A networking lunch, supported by Ford’s 2016 Category winners; Lisa Brankin, director Ford of Britain Marketing, Julia Woodhouse, purchase director for Global Chassis, and Josephine Payne, manufacturing production area manager, provided attendees with the chance to share experiences and discuss career development.

The winners were announced at a major car industry event at Twickenham Stadium. The Awards aim to encourage more women into the automotive industry.

Paul and Natasha


Lifting the lid on auto apprenticeships


Sue Husband from NAS with Ford automotive apprenticesWe had a great day at the Henry Ford Academy with Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and our client Skillnet.

The visit was party of our ongoing stakeholder engagement programme. Sue was given a tour of Ford’s fantastic training centre and took part in demos of some typical automotive tasks.

Sue Husband, National Apprenticeship Service

Accentuating the positives about Apprenticeships

We love helping Skillnet spread the word about the benefits of apprenticeships.

Take a look at why Skillnet’s programme for Ford is in the running for a National Apprenticeship Service Award.

Go behind the scenes at the Henry Ford Academy and discover what being an Apprentice Technician for Ford is all about.