SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK and represents more than 800 automotive companies. Widely regarded as the voice of the UK motor industry, SMMT supports the interests of the industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.
Previously holding the role as SMMT Vice President and Board Member, George’s new appointment as President will see him lead the organisation for the next two years. He replaces Tony Walker CBE DL, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe – London Office, who steps down at the end of this year.
Dr Gillespie has over 25 years international experience in the automotive and marine product development sectors, having been VP Strategic Product Development at HORIBA Europe GmbH, and previously held senior roles with Ricardo plc and Schenck AG.
He joined MIRA as CEO in 2009 and led the turnaround in MIRA fortunes, growing the business internationally and leading its sale in 2015, to HORIBA Japan. Today, HORIBA MIRA is one of the leading global providers of engineering, research, development and testing services to the automotive industry.
In addition to his work at HORIBA as head of the Automotive Test Systems division, Dr Gillespie is Chair of the Intelligent Connected Vehicles Group within the Automotive Council, where he leads activities relating to intelligent and connected vehicles. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast, for research into low emission engines and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.