SMMT Events

SMMT Annual Dinner

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Annual Dinner is one of the most exclusive events in the automotive calendar, attended by over 1,000 guests from industry, government and the media.

We are delighted to announce that comedian, writer and actor, Al Murray will be the celebrity guest speaker for this year’s Annual Dinner, which is on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Best known for his alter-ego The Pub Landlord, Al Murray is one of the most recognisable comics in the country. Al has been filling arenas for over 20 years and continues to sell out nationally and internationally, most recently with his latest tour Landlord of Hope and Glory. A familiar face on screen, Al’s credits include Mock of the Week, QI and Live at the Apollo, as well as his series, Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz and Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English? which aired earlier this year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said

The SMMT Annual Dinner is one of the most highly anticipated events in our industry’s calendar. We are delighted that Al Murray will be joining us to provide some ‘alternatively fuelled’ entertainment at the end of the evening!

The SMMT President, Dr. George Gillespie OBE, will give the keynote address in front of senior executives from across the automotive industry. The celebrity guest speaker for this year’s Dinner will be announced shortly.

This year’s dinner takes place on Tuesday 26 November 2019. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Relish Events team by email

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Last year’s Dinner took place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and was hosted by our President, Tony Walker CBE DL, MD, Toyota Motor Europe, London Office.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, opened the evening with a warning about a ‘no deal’ Brexit being catastrophic for the British automotive industry.

We need a deal now, and we need an ambitious deal for the future that guarantees frictionless trade with our most important market – nothing else will do, and we urge all parties to remember what’s at stake.

SMMT President, Tony Walker CBE DL, echoed the warning saying:

No deal is not an option. In the short term, crashing out of the EU would have immediate and devastating impacts, with border chaos disrupting the Just in Time basis on which our business depends.

After two years as SMMT President, Tony Walker is stepping down. We would like to thank Tony for his expertise and guidance over the last two years. The 81st President of the SMMT will be Dr George Gillespie OBE, Executive Vice President, HORIBA Automotive Test Systems (ATS).

Katherine Ryan at the SMMT Annual Dinner

Comedian, actress and writer Katherine Ryan, entertained the crowds at the end of the evening as the celebrity guest speaker.

Well known for her appearances on Live at the Apollo, Katherine’s other TV credits include Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the Radio 4 institution The News Quiz.

She’s been a regular on comic challenge show Taskmaster and music quiz Bring the Noise, and has also appeared in Channel 4’s comedy Campus, BBC2’s Episodes, and has hosted BBC Two reality contest Hair.

BBC Radio 2 DJ provided the music entertainment for the evening. Jo joined Radio 1 in 1993, and in 1997 she landed her own daytime show, where she remained a part of Radio 1’s weekday line-up until 2009 when she began her weekend programme.

Jo Whiley at the SMMT Annual Dinner

Moving to Radio 2, Jo presented the evening show until her high-profile shift to co-host the drive-time show with Simon Mayo.

As one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs, she has also presented coverage of the Glastonbury Festival on Radio 1, Channel 4 and BBC-TV, as well as having hosted several music programmes for Channel 4.

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Take a look at the highlights from last year’s Dinner

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