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Government reshuffle: IMI response

Hayley Pells, Policy Lead of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), comments on the changes in government that will have an impact on the automotive sector
Government reshuffle: IMI response soc
Hayley Pells

“The latest government reshuffle presents the automotive sector with a new route to engage with new contacts on key issues.  In particular, the IMI welcomes the opportunity to share insights with newly appointed Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State in the Department for Business and Trade, Anthony Browne MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport and Guy Opperman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, who will be working alongside Anthony Browne MP. 

These positions are significant because they are directly related to policy areas that can influence the automotive sector, such as transport policy, trade agreements, and industry regulations. Their decisions and actions in these roles could have substantial impacts on the direction, regulation, and support of the motor industry which is currently in a pretty fragile state. 

In particular, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with the Department for Business and Trade. Our focus is on securing robust support for the motor industry as it navigates through seismic changes. This includes addressing evolving market dynamics, technological advancements, and the critical need for sustainability. 

We are also excited about sharing our insights with the Department for Transport. Our discussions will emphasise the crucial role of the MOT and the urgency to upskill our workforce in ADAS technology, which is especially pertinent in light of the Self-Driving bill mentioned in the King’s Speech. These dialogues are key to ensuring the motor industry’s resilience and continued innovation in a rapidly changing landscape.”

About the IMI

The IMI is the professional body for individuals working in the motor industry, and the authoritative voice of the sector. 

IMI is transforming the automotive industry by setting, upholding and promoting professional standards – driving skills acquisition, establishing clearer career paths, and boosting public confidence. IMI’s online Professional Register is here to make sure consumers are in skilled, competent and trustworthy hands.

Please visit to find out more.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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