SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes has been awarded an OBE for services to the automotive industry in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

After a career in the automotive sector, Hawes joined the SMMT as chief executive in 2013 and has led the organisation through considerable technological structural and geopolitical change.

“The past few years have been anything but smooth, but the UK sector has proven itself resilient, adaptable and, as ever, incredibly innovative,” he said. “This recognition reinforces the importance of the industry and SMMT itself.”