The 81st President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will be Dr George Gillespie OBE. The announcement was made at SMMT’s Annual Dinner, in London. Dr Gillespie takes office from 1 January 2019, replacing Tony Walker CBE DL, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe – London Office, who steps down at the end of this year after completing the post’s two year tenure.

Dr George Gillespie OBE said, “I am extremely honoured to accept the appointment as President of SMMT. It’s a pivotal time to be taking on this role – not only is the global automotive industry undergoing huge amounts of technological change but we have the unique challenges of Brexit and improving air quality to address at the same time. My priority will be to support the excellent team here at SMMT, ensuring we continue to lead at the forefront of the industry on all of these challenges and opportunities.

“I would like to congratulate Tony Walker on his successful tenure as President and thank him for his strong support as I take on this position.”