Autocar reveals top 100 British women in the car industry

Autocar, UK’s longest-standing and most respected motoring brand, has identified the top 100 British women working in the automotive sector, as it seeks to celebrate the role of women in the industry and to address the challenges they face. The list has been published in a dedicated section of the Autocar website at

Autocar reveals top 100 British women in the car industry

Roisin Hopkins, Test Director at HORIBA MIRA, landed herself a place in the Top 100 for her continued innovative work in Product Development, whilst Citroën’s Global CEO Linda Jackson was overall named as the most influential British woman in the car industry.

Dr Roisin Hopkins Mira
At a judging day held jointly with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), exceptional work was showcased in a series of categories – Executive, Design, Product Development, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Communications, Sales, Marketing, Motorsport, HR, and Rising Stars.

Autocar Editorial Director Jim Holder said: 

“The achievements on our list of 100 outstanding British women in the global car industry are breathtaking and a testimony to the breadth of skills and capability in the sector.

“We recognise that challenges exist in the industry we love, which may deter women from pursuing an automotive career, as well as the implications that the underrepresentation of women could pose for the future of the industry. This is something that needs to be rectified.

“By highlighting the achievements of great British women who continue to make a considerable impact on the global automotive landscape, we hope to stimulate interest in what is an exciting and rewarding career.”

Roisin Hopkins, Test Director at HORIBA MIRA, said:

“I am honoured to be listed in the Top 100 British Women in the global automotive industry and very proud to have been able to progress my career at HORIBA MIRA, alongside many other skilled and successful women. It is great to see the event promoting opportunities for women in this sector, there are too few selecting engineering as a career choice and consequently missing out on the ability to work in an exciting and innovative industry.”

The judging panel for the initiative included experts from Autocar’s editorial department as well as SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson. An associated event will feature a panel who will debate the issues more widely.

The Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry initiative is in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sponsored by Direct Line Group, Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover, and supported by Gaia Innovation and KPMG.