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Seeking inspirational women for Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award 2020

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Inspirational women have until January 17 to enter the Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award, which honours role models within the automotive industry.

Now in its second year, the Cox Automotive award is run in partnership with Fleet News and AM to recognise women who demonstrate a commitment to innovation, leadership or community.

The award is named after Barbara Cox, the business pioneer who served as director of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive’s parent company in the USA, and will be presented to someone that is an inspiration or role model for women pursuing a career in automotive.

Last year, it was presented to Beryl Carney, head of commercial vehicles for JCT600, who was recognised for exceptional leadership skills demonstrated through the design and delivery of a highly successful business strategy.

Alison Fisher, chief people officer at Cox Automotive, said: “Promoting diversity in our industry is a key part of our commitment to building high performing teams at Cox Automotive.

The Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award will shine a light on successful women that have made a significant impact on the industry, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

“The award is part of our fantastic women with drive programme, which offers professional and personal development, peer-to-peer mentoring and networking opportunities for people across the automotive sector.”

The nomination window is open until January 17, 2020, and will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes Fleet News deputy editor Sarah Tooze, Auto Trader COO Catherine Faiers, Cox Automotive UK CEO Martin Forbes, Marshall Motor Group CEO Daksh Gupta and last year’s winner JCT600’s Beryl Carney.

The winner will be announced on the March 6, 2020, at a special women with drive event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

As well as the award, the winner will receive £5,000 to spend on her own personal development.

Nominations for the award are invited from across the automotive industry, and should be entered via www.womenwithdrive.co.uk/barbara-cox-award

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