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    In the Driving Seat: Lawrence Davies, Deputy CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation, UKTI

    Lawrence Davies, Deputy CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation, UKTI, suggests that a career of procuring components from automotive suppliers has turned him into someone who is fascinated about breaking secret codes, what can we learn from this?…

    Lawrence Davies

    Automotive Investment Organisation, UKTI

    Deputy CEO

    Apart from that
    Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

    Association with NAA
    I have known Carol and worked with the NAA for around 10 years, in my previous position as Director of Purchase & Supply with GM and my current position at the AIO. My view is that the NAA gives immense support for companies in the North West and has opened up excellent communication with the Government and OEMs which we support.

    I live in Hertfordshire with my wife and our 9 month old golden retriever.  We have two grown-up children and two young grandsons. I keep fit by jogging around the surrounding countryside, regularly taking part in 10k runs and, some years ago, I also ran the London Marathon. I relax by playing the acoustic guitar but tend to stick to the music from my era!

    Favourite football team
    Tottenham Hotspur (sorry North West!)

    Musical performer
    The Eagles, Ed Sheeran and Adele

    The Italian Job (the first one)

    I have recently been reading the books by Sinclair McKay on Bletchley Park, ‘The Secret Life of Bletchley Park’ and ‘The Lost World of Bletchley Park’. I find the story of the wartime codebreaking centre and the men and women that worked there fascinating, and I visited Bletchley Park last year.

    Best motoring moment
    Driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to LA, with my family, which was absolutely stunning!

    Best business advice you’ve ever received?
    Try to stay calm in all situations; otherwise you will never make the right decision.

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham