SMMT Events

SMMT Annual Dinner

Tuesday 23 November 2021

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ 104th Annual Dinner was be held on 23 November 2021 at Grosvenor House and is one of the most prestigious events in the automotive calendar, attended by guests from industry, government and the media.

SMMT President, Dr. George Gillespie OBE, Executive Chairman, HORIBA MIRA gave a keynote speech calling for a redouble of efforts to support electric vehicle market and automotive sector competitiveness.

Speaking at the dinner, Dr Gillespie said,

We have invested billions in designing some of the most amazing electrified vehicles – over 115 zero emission capable vehicle models are for sale in the UK right now. We have inspired the public to buy these exciting vehicles in numbers never seen before, but here is the twist. It is so frustrating to find broken chargers, blocked chargers, multiple apps, confusing payment schemes. This is quickly going to turn a lot of people off electric vehicles and all our work in developing these fantastic vehicles will be wasted.

The 82nd President of the SMMT will be Alison Jones, Senior Vice President and Stellantis Country Manager UK, Stellantis. Previously SMMT vice-President, Alison officially takes office on 1 January 2022, becoming SMMT’s first female President.

Trudy Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport spoke to the guests about wanting to create the conditions for automotive industry to flourish.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

This industry does ‘delivery’. We will decarbonise road transport – cars by 2035, buses likely earlier, HGVs likely only a bit later. But as EV sales race ahead, on-street charging infrastructure is increasing slowly. We look to government to create the conditions – maybe mandate the conditions – to accelerate the infrastructure across the country as we need others to match our speed.

After-dinner entertainment was provided by the self-styled ‘German Comedy Ambassador in London’, Henning Wehn.

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SMMT 104th Annual Dinner highlights