A young female mechanic has been named the first ever “Trailblazer” at the glittering IAW Awards in London this week.
Georgina Slack, a 26 year-old from Leeds, has worked as a specialist technician for Bradford-based motor retailer JCT600 since 2011, joining the team at the motor retailer’s Ferrari dealership in Leeds after leaving college.
Georgina was recognised with the first-ever Trailblazer Award at the Inspiring Automotive Women Awards, which are run by the industry’s Automotive 30% Club, whose aim is to achieve women in 30 per cent of senior leadership positions in the motor industry by 2030.
The Trailblazer Award is an award to recognised an individual who is leading the way for women in a particular sector of the industry, and as a young female in a role that is stereotypically occupied by male counterparts, there is no doubt Georgina is living up to that description.
In addition to Georgina’s award, three other women from different areas of the JCT600 structured were celebrated in the IAW Awards.
Katie Saunders, group HR director; Tracey Wardell, head of Customer Experience; and Donna Stoakes, service manager at JCT600 Mercedes-Benz of Doncaster; each took home one of the evening’s 30 Inspiring Woman awards.
Georgina Slack, specialist technician at JCT600, said: “To be one of the 30 Inspiring Automotive Women is absolutely amazing, and to receive the Trailblazer Award is even more unbelievable. I really couldn’t believe I had been nominated in the first place, and to actually win gives me a huge sense of pride.”
Katie Saunders, HR director for JCT600, and herself an award-recipient, said: “I’m incredibly proud of all the women at JCT600 who were nominated. It’s a real credit to the direction that we’re heading in as a company, and for my colleagues to be recognised in this way is really fantastic.”
Julia Muir, CEO Gaia Innovation, founder of the UK Automotive 30 per cent Club, said: “All of our fabulous award winners have demonstrated that they are making a significant contribution to their business. However, they are also committed to inspiring other women to progress or encouraging leaders to create inclusive working environments within which women will thrive, and personally involved in activities to show that the automotive sector is a positive career choice for women.”
JCT600 have been a proud member of the club since the turn of the year, and are already leading the way in female representation in business.
Twenty five per cent of all colleagues are female, while 28 per cent of the company’s senior leadership team are female.
The Automotive 30 per cent Club is committed to driving the industry towards having 30 per cent of key leadership positions occupied by female colleagues by 2030, though JCT600 aim to drive beyond that target over the coming decade.