The winners of the 2020 Autocar Great Women in the British Car Industry Awards have been announced, and a grand total of eleven female Ford employees have been recognized as outstanding leaders in their respective fields. Additionally, two nominees were selected as overall category winners – Sue Slaughter was chosen as the overall winner of the Operations category, and Josephine Payne as the overall winner of the Manufacturing category.
Slaughter is currently the director of Global Material Cost and Supply Base Sustainability, and joined Ford in 1987. Over the years, she’s worked in business planning, logistics, and purchasing. Slaughter also spend some time as COO for Getrag Ford Transmissions before returning to the U.K. in 2018.
Payne has recently taken over the role of Operations Assistant Plant Manager at the Ford Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania, where she oversees the production of the new Ford Puma and Ford EcoSport. Payne has been with Ford since 1996, and has worked in Dagenham, Valencia, Mexico, Brazil, and India.
Meanwhile, Lisa Brankin, director, Passenger Vehicles, Mandy Dean, director, Commercial Vehicles, and Cathy O’Callaghan, Controller and CFO Automotive were chosen as field leaders in the Executive category. Wendy Graham, manager, Reset and Redesign, joins Payne in the Manufacturing category.
Sarah Haslam, chief engineer, Engine Engineering, Ford of Europe, and Lisa King, executive director, Global Purchasing Strategy and Operations were winners in the Vehicle Development category, while further nominees included Usha Raghavachari, Lab Director at D-Ford London, Helen Hoar, manager, Material Cost for Ford’s product development in Europe, and Jane Skerry, executive director, Human Resources.
Autocar launched the Great Women in the British Car Industry initiative to inspire more women to consider a career in the industry. Each year, the top 100 nominees are selected by a panel of judges led by Autocar’s managing director Rachael Prasher and key editorial staff, plus SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes and communications lead Emma Butcher.