Women@SIMI Driving Change Within The Motor Industry

13th June 2016

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On June 1oth, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry today hosted its third annual Women@SIMI event in conjunction with its sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2. The event was attended by over 160 professional women in the motoring industry in Ireland.

Gillian Fanning Marketing, Director of Serfac Limited, Member of the SIMI Management Board and Chairperson of the SIMI Wholesalers delivered this year’s key note address “As an Industry we need to work together to change the cultural perceptions and educate women that when you think of a job in the motor industry, you don’t just think of a male dominated environment but one that consists of many different sectors and diverse roles and great career opportunities”.

The panel of speakers included Mary Kennedy Master of Ceremonies interviewing Moyagh Murdock CEO of the Road Safety Authority and Regina Doherty Government Chief Whip, and Minister of State in the Department of An Taoiseach, both of whom provided insight into their own career progression and day to day roles in state organisations. Penny Ferguson, Founder of The Living Leader, shared her expertise on Personal Leadership, and encouraged more women to put themselves forward for leadership roles

Photos: Aidan Oliver


Women@SIMI provides a platform for professional females from a variety of counties, representing different sectors such as the Heavy Goods Vehicles, Vehicle Body Repairers, Franchise Retailers, Distributors etc to meet, network and share their experiences in what is otherwise viewed as a traditional male dominated environment.