Nissan also returns as a sponsor this year. The automaker has been involved in a number of initiatives to open doors for women in the automotive industry. Through award-winning school projects such as Girls in Monozukuri, the Manufacturing and Engineering programme, and participation in the Women in Science and Engineering programme, Nissan is promoting the advancement of women in a number of key industry sectors.

Nissan Europe$0027s Director of Talent Management, Adrienn Toussaint, said: “We are delighted to support Autocar in these fantastic celebration awards for the second consecutive year. With more than 8,000 Nissan employees across the UK, we are immensely proud to help foster and develop talent in all areas of the automotive industry.

“Through our Nissan Skills Foundation at NMUK, we are encouraging more and more young women to think about their future with us and, in all our UK entities, we continue to leverage and promote talented women throughout the company.

Technology company CDK Global presents itself as a sponsor for the first time this year. As a leading provider of IT and digital marketing solutions for the automotive retail industry, CDK Global provides integrated technology to automotive dealers worldwide.

Neil Packham, CEO of CDK Global, said: “The automotive industry is in a period of great upheaval. Automakers and dealers think differently about the products and services they offer to meet changing consumer expectations and requirements. Technology platforms will enable these changes in our industry.

“It$0027s a very exciting time with great opportunities, but to make sure we$0027re well positioned to continue innovating and growing, we have to continue to attract the best talent. We are proud to be a part of celebrating the best women in the industry and the new stars who will build a bright future.

Peugeot supports the initiative with a session led by brand ambassador Judy Murray, while the Volkswagen Group sponsors the New Mobility and Digital Solutions category.

The selected winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in central London on Wednesday 19 June. The afternoon event will run from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and will feature presentations from key industry figures, including Laura Schwab, Aston Martin$0027s president for the Americas.

Space for the event is strictly limited, giving priority to winners and previous winners. However, there will be a limited number of tickets available. Those interested in attending the event should contact Autocar at autocar.events@haymarket.com.

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