Entertainer and actor Bill Bailey has been confirmed as the celebrity guest speaker for the 101st SMMT Annual Dinner, to be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Well known for his role as a former team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bill’s other TV credits include Monster Night, Is It Bill Bailey?, The Stand Up Show and Space Cadets, as well as numerous spots on Have I Got News For You. He is a frequent guest contributor on QI and various radio panel shows, and presented the nature programme Wild Thing I Love You.
Aside from his talent as an entertainer, for which he received a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up, Bill Bailey has also made his mark as an actor. He starred in the sitcoms Black Books and Spaced, and in the feature films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Burke and Hare and Hot Fuzz.
One of the most prestigious events in the automotive calendar, the SMMT Annual Dinner is attended by more than 1,000 guests from across all sections of UK Automotive, government and the media.
The 101st Annual Dinner will feature a keynote address from SMMT President Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, who will address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the year ahead.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive,
The SMMT Annual Dinner is one of the most highly anticipated events in our industry’s calendar. We are delighted that Bill Bailey will be joining us to add some extra star appeal to what is shaping up to be another must-attend occasion.
MSX International (MSXI) will also return as the event’s headline sponsor. Fred Minturn, MSXI Chief Executive, said,
As the world leader in delivering retail solutions to global OEMs and their dealer networks, MSXI wants to contribute to, and learn from, the collective experience of the SMMT membership for the continued evolution and innovation in the global automotive industry. To that end we are happy to support the Annual Dinner, which is an excellent opportunity for all involved to network and build a more communicative automotive community.