Stoneacre Motor Group’s Managing Director, Shaun Foweather, has joined the Automotive 30% Club as a Silver Member in order to bring more diversity and equality to the automotive industry and company.
The Automotive 30% Club is a voluntary group of Managing Directors and CEOs from automotive manufacturing, retailing and supplier companies. The purpose of the group is to achieve a better gender balance within the automotive industry and to fill at least 30% of key leader’s positions in the member organisations with women by 2030.
As a step towards offering more equal opportunities into the automotive industry, Shaun Foweather has joined the Automotive 30% Club in a bid to provide an inclusive workplace for women within Stoneacre Motor Group.
Recognising a generation where previous gender perceptions have become archaic, Shaun identified the duty to educate both Stoneacre’s workplace and the industry on becoming more aware of offering equal opportunities.
Expressing new goals for the company, the MD and other members from Stoneacre have set up quarterly ‘Women in the Motor Trade’ meetings with key female members of the team. These meetings intend to discuss and implement plans to expand opportunities for women at Stoneacre to progress into more senior roles – improving the gender balance in the workplace.
Speaking on the matter, Shaun Foweather stated: as a company, Stoneacre has high ambitions to increase the many upper management roles that we are providing for the women in our business. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and diverse company but understand that achieving equality for women in the automotive industry as a whole is still ongoing. We are proud to be joining the 30% Automotive Club as we make headway on realising these ambitions for our female leaders.”
With the many challenges the country and industry has faced over the past few years, societies have changed significantly to make way for these momentous movements. Women have always played a huge part in the industry, as our 10 Influential Women Blog represents the importance of women’s contributions in the motoring world.
Commenting on his visions for the automotive industry, Shaun believes “the new era at present does not knock our confidence that changes can be achievable”.
As a company, Stoneacre recognises the importance of involving female members in their business with any decision-making processes in order to move forward. Our intention over the next five years is to progress women in higher managerial roles further, in the hope of developing female leaders up to board level.
Within this development, Stoneacre also continues to encourage, where possible, a more flexible office environment for their teams by offering the abilities for hybrid working. Shaun concluded, “this not only helps to achieve a better work-life balance for our teams as a whole, but we believe this will also open doors for women during the recruitment process, providing them with more opportunities and choices to apply for a job that may better fit their lifestyle”.
As Stoneacre strives to make changes, joining the Automotive 30% Club opens up the chances to grow and educate the company to provide women with more equal opportunities and a safe place to grow a career.
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