Konstanze Scharring becomes Director of Policy at SMMT

10 April 2013 #SMMT News

SMMT is pleased to announce that Konstanze Scharring has been promoted to the new position of Director of Policy.

Konstanze is responsible for all aspects of policy and technical support for the SMMT membership and for SMMT’s subsidiary companies – Motor Codes and SMMT Industry Forum.

Konstanze, who first joined SMMT in 2000, has most recently been Head of Public Policy and Vehicle Legislation.  Between 2002 and 2005, Konstanze was seconded to help set up the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and as Deputy Director was instrumental in delivering the colour-coded CO2 label for new cars, which helps consumers make lower carbon choices.

Since her return to SMMT in 2005, Konstanze has led SMMT’s strategic engagement with policy makers and stakeholders at UK and EU level on all political, economic, technical, environmental and e-mobility issues on behalf of the automotive sector in the UK.

Her teams deliver on SMMT’s priorities to secure investment and export-led growth in vehicle manufacturing in the UK, to ensure that the UK takes a lead in the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles, and to attract young people into a career in automotive through initiatives like the current ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ campaign. In the last six months, she has been closely involved in the development of a UK automotive sector strategy working with industry and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Commenting on her promotion, SMMT interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton said, “Konstanze is a well-regarded professional who has developed strong relationships with a number of government departments and external stakeholders. She is highly valued by our members, and this new role is recognition of her contribution to the influential position the SMMT has on motor industry-related issues.”

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