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SMMT to speak about pandemic lessons at VRA 2021 AGM

The subject of what the automotive sector has learnt from the pandemic is to come under focus by two major guest speakers in the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s annual general meeting next week.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, will provide a manufacturer viewpoint on the lessons learnt from the pandemic

Both will look at how the sector will change as a result of covid during the next two to three years – as well as examining current issues such as new and used vehicle supply.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, will provide a manufacturer viewpoint on these topics while John O’Hanlon, chief executive of Waylands Automotive, will speak on a dealer perspective.

The AGM will take place online at 10:00 am on Wednesday 7 July. The initial session will cover official business and be open to members only but from 10:30 am the speaker presentations will be accessible to anyone who registers with the VRA.

Philip Nothard, chair at the VRA, said: “The AGM is an important date in the VRA calendar and, in addition to the procedural matters that need to be addressed, we always look to invite especially high-profile speakers to take part.

“We are therefore very pleased that Mike and John will be presenting. They both bring immense experience and knowledge to the table from their respective parts of the motor industry, and I’m looking forward to hearing their views.

“The AGM is also a good opportunity for people from across the automotive sector who may be interested in joining the VRA to find out more about the organisation, and we urge anyone in that position to register and attend.”

To register for the VRA’s speaker presentations, email [email protected] in advance.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.