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    In the Driving Seat: Mike Hawes

    Find out more about the keynote speaker at the NAA Awards Dinner 2015, Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

    Michael Hawes

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

    Chief Executive

    Apart from that
    Director, SMMT Industry Forum
    Director, Motor Codes
    Board Member, Digital Radio UK

    Association with NAA
    I was NAA board member for Bentley back in 2009/10. There is association between NAA and SMMT – we have a common agenda to develop the UK automotive sector, especially supply chain capabilities, as well as facilitate inward investment and stimulate innovation across the sector.

    I’m married with four children, and live in Cheshire with a weekly commute to London. I enjoy watching almost any sport (rugby, football and cricket, in particular) – as well as playing golf and skiing. I also have interests in military history and travelling.

    Favourite football team

    Musical performer

    Goodfellas, Mad Max (the original is still the best)

    I recently enjoyed Andy Weir’s The Martian. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is also a favourite of mine.

    Best motoring moment
    I spent six months driving a Volkswagen Kombi van across Europe on a gap year. We covered 12,000 miles, with no pre-planned itinerary and only two flat tyres (unfortunately simultaneously).

    Best business advice you’ve ever received?
    “You only learn from mistakes – just don’t make the same mistake twice.”

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