SMMT Structure

President and Deputy President

President – Mick Flanagan, Vice President, Adient

Mick Flanagan draws experience from a long career in the automotive sector, having worked in the industry for 37 years. After graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in mechanical engineering, he started his career at Ford Motor Company, spending a decade there before moving to Visteon where he worked in a variety of manufacturing and product development roles.

Mick then joined Johnson Controls as a plant manager in 2000, progressing over the years to roles in general management. Following the spin-off of Johnson Controls’ seating division into global seating manufacturer Adient, Mick has spent the last seven years in senior management positions in the UK and Germany and is currently responsible for Adient business with JLR, Volvo, Toyota and Nissan, in addition serving as a board member supporting various international legal entities of the company.

Deputy 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.

Vice Presidents

There are three SMMT Vice Presidents:

  • Mike Hague-Morgan, Autocraft Solutions Group
  • Robin Shaw, Halfords
  • Alex Smith, Volkswagen Group UK