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Women at the wheel

A network of pioneering women accelerating the UK automotive industry

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Welcome to Women at the Wheel UK

We are an organisation dedicated to developing women who want to become the next generation of automotive industry leaders.

  • Whether you’re just starting your career, already down the path to leadership, or considering a switch to the automotive industry - we want to welcome you to the group. We are working against a set of ambitions and principles - driving towards increasing talented, hard-working women in leadership positions across the industry.
  • We are committed to promoting equality, empowering women and developing careers and to remove any barriers that prevent advancement in the automotive industry. However, we believe in full and inclusive participation for all -regardless of gender. Everyone is welcome and has the right to contribute talents, skills and resources to the work we do and participate in the events we host.

Stay up to date with what's happening by reading our latest round-up newsletter.

Membership

Membership is free and you will benefit from access to a programme of events held around the UK, access to interviews with leading women, the opportunity to interact and share views and perspectives with the network.

Events

We have created a series of events focused on key themes, including mentoring/sponsorship; Personal Branding; Smart Commitments.
Each event will be interactive and provide practical takeaway’s relevant to the theme - to make it “real” to the participants.
Note: our events are for members only.

Interesting articles

Here you will find inspired links and notable news in our article library, you can also read Women on the road which is a report back on industry events the Women at the Wheel members have attended. Updated each month they are available to review at your leisure.

Please send us anything newsworthy for inclusion this could include videos; podcasts; written articles; commentary or even mentions of our very own network to womenatthewheel@deloitte.co.uk

An interview with Pia Wilkes

Pia Wilkes, CEO of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), shares some of her career highlights with us

Can you tell us about yourself and your role?

I’m from Denmark, and am married with two amazing teenage boys. I’ve been in the UK for about 20 years now and am currently the CEO of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). VCA is the UK approval authority responsible for ensuring that vehicles meet appropriate environmental and safety standards and I am immensely proud to lead an organisation with such critical role.

So where did it all begin? I studied mechanical engineering at university and topped this up with some additional modules, resulting in a degree which encapsulated finance, business and engineering as well as European law and languages. My interest in languages led me to get involved in a programme to support English and German students coming to our university on 3 month placements, and actually, this is how I met my husband. As part of my degree I was lucky enough to get a 6 month placement at Lotus engineering in Norfolk where I worked in the Type Approval department. After this placement they called me back, offered me a job...read more.
 

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