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Women at the Wheel

A community dedicated to driving greater gender diversity and inclusion in the next generation of automotive industry leaders.

Welcome to Women at the Wheel UK

Women at the Wheel is a community dedicated to driving greater gender diversity and inclusion in 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 industry - we want to welcome you.

Together, we will:

  • Build a diverse community of role models that inspire women to acheive their potential.
  • Strengthen our careers through coaching and learning opportunities.
  • Collaborate across individuals and organisations to drive positive
    industry change.

We believe in full and inclusive participation - regardless of gender. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the work we do and participate in the events we host.

Membership

Membership is free and open to everyone.

You will benefit from access to our growing community, a programme of events held across the UK, and a monthly newsletter featuring industry highlights, community activities, and unique perspectives.
 

Upcoming events

We host regular events both online and across the UK, from coaching sessions and skills workshops, to networking dinners and Deloitte knowledge shares. Past events have included how to navigate challenging situations, myth-busting EVs, and mindfulness mediation.

Register below for our upcoming events:

2020 Women In Automotive UK Study Discussion

Join Women at the Wheel for a panel discussion following the launch of the 2020 Women in Automotive UK Industry study. During this session our panel members will discuss the results of the study, as well as explore ideas around how we can improve the retention and advancement of women in this industry. Our panel members will bring varying perspectives to these topics, and webinar attendees will come away from the event with ideas for how to improve the retention and advancement of women in their own companies.

Date: Thursday 28 January 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:00
Venue: Join from the comfort of your desk/home
Cost: All our events are free of charge
Audience: All are welcome

Register here
 

Virtual Speed Networking

Following the positive feedback from our October Virtual Networking event, please join Women at the Wheel for our second virtual networking event. Similarly to last time, the event will provide members with the opportunity to breakout into small groups with other Women at the Wheel members and get to know each other and build our networks. Icebreakers and potential discussion topics will be provided by the Women at the Wheel team. So grab a coffee and join us for this lunchtime session – we look forward to meeting you!

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Venue: Join from the comfort of your desk/home
Cost: All our events are free of charge
Audience: All are welcome

Register here.


International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

Join Women at the Wheel in celebrating International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, and is focused on our individual responsibility to choose to challenge gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping to create an inclusive and more gender-equal world. Our annual event will include a keynote speech, an interactive workshop focusing on this year’s theme, and a chance to virtually network with other Women at the Wheel members – we look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Monday 8 March 2021
Time: 17:30 to 19:30
Venue: Join from the comfort of your desk/home
Cost: All our events are free of charge
Audience: All are welcome

Register here.

2020 Women in Automotive Study

Did you know 50 per cent of women feel unprepared to navigate the future of the automotive industry? Or that 40 per cent of women working in the automotive industry would choose a different industry if they were to start their career again now?

The 2020 Women in Automotive Industry Study explores insights from a survey and interviews conducted with men and women across the automotive industry, and was designed to explore views on the retention and advancement of women working in the automotive industry and identify opportunities for improvement.

It covers both how women are navigating the rapidly changing automotive landscape and how to retain and advance women in an industry with low gender diversity.

We have published our key findings as part of our commitment to supporting the advancement of women and gender equality in the automotive industry.

Read more

 

Community

Our members work across the industry. They are engineers and data
scientists, experts in supply chain to aftersales, and interns through to CEOs. Get to know some of our members here.

An interview with... Caroline Nathan
Caroline is a new product introduction (NPI) manager with Caterpillar. She is also a member of the Women at the Wheel Advisory Group.
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An interview with... Debbie McIntosh
Debbie is the General Manager responsible for the accounting and controlling function of BMW UK and Ireland. She is also a member of the Women at the Wheel Advisory Group. Read more

An interview with... Pia Wilkes
Pia is CEO of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). She is also a member of the Women at the Wheel Advisory Group. Read more

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