Lesley Upham, commercial director of the IAM has won a Lifetime Achievement award, at the 19th Annual Bodyshop Event and Awards 2015.
The event recognises the ambassadors of the automotive accident repair industry.
Upham joined the IAM in July and is responsible for its commercial subsidiaries: IAM Drive & Survive, Professional Driver Services (PDS) and IAM Driver Retraining Academy (DRA).
She previously held roles with Thatcham Research.
The judging panel stated: “This special award goes to an individual whose name is recognised throughout the industry for all the right reasons.
“They have been a major driving force in directing, influencing and shaping the increasing professionalism of the industry for a number of years and have played a key role in raising standards throughout.
“A new challenge now lies ahead for this individual but in our sector, this person’s effect has been profound.”
Sarah Sillars, CEO at IAM, said: "We'd like to congratulate Lesley on the award, which is thoroughly deserved and marks many years of dedicated service to the industry."