President – Alison Jones
Alison Jones FCCA MCMI was appointed Senior Vice-President of Circular Economy on 11 May 2022. Previously she served as Senior Vice President and Stellantis Group UK Managing Director for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo from March 2021 and Group Managing Director UK and Senior Vice President Groupe PSA from February 2019, having joined from Volkswagen Group where her most recent position was Managing Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
Alison held a variety of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group, including Group Aftersales and Customer Quality Director across the five brands Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Sales Director for Audi UK, Financial Controller (Director equivalent) for Volkswagen UK, Aftersales and Customer Services Director for Volkswagen UK. Alison worked her way up through the Volkswagen group business over 21 years moving between different disciplines building her automotive knowledge and leadership skills, driving results through large teams, often in uncertain and chaotic environments.
Alison Jones is also President of the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) for 2022 following a year-long term as Vice President.
Alison is also a Vice President for the Institute of Customer Service, a role she has held since 2013, representing the Automotive sector. She was approached to do this by the CEO of the Institute, due to her customer centred approach and determination to bring the customer into the Board room and across large teams, driving positive results.
Deputy President – Tony Walker CBE DL
Tony has worked in the car industry for over 40 years, starting his career with Ford Motor Company and joining Toyota Manufacturing UK in 1990, as one of the first employees. From 2001 he worked at Toyota Motor Europe where he was Human Resources Vice President and later Production Planning & Project Director.
From 2010 he was Deputy Managing Director of TMUK and currently he is Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe’s London Office. Tony is active in the local community where he lives in the Ashbourne area of Derbyshire.
Tony served as President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders from January 2017, becoming Deputy President on George Gillespie’s appointment in January 2019.
There are three SMMT Vice Presidents:
- Robin Shaw, wejo Limited
- Micheal Flanagan, Adient Seating UK Ltd
- Glenn Saint, Arrival Ltd