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.

This year’s Dinner will take place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and will be hosted by our President, Tony Walker CBE, MD, Toyota Motor Europe, London Office.

Comedian, actress and writer Katherine Ryan, will be the celebrity guest speaker and BBC Radio 2 DJ, Jo Whiley, will provide the music entertainment for the evening.

Katherine Ryan 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.

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 WhileyMoving 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.


19:00 Drinks Reception on the Great Room Balcony
19:45 Guests seated in the Great Room for the 102nd Annual Dinner
20:00 Welcome by SMMT President
20:30 Dinner
22:00 After dinner speeches
22:45 Networking and drinks
01:00 Carriages

Dress code: Black tie


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