What changes would you like to see in the industry to encourage more women to get into the motor trade?
It’s a complex question. My mum works in the automotive industry, so a lot of my perspective comes from her experience as well as my own.
I think some roles in the motor trade have historically attracted particular personalities – and that’s stifled conversations about change. Whether or not you buy into the stereotypes, there is a public perception of what the car industry is like and maybe that puts women off.
On the flip side, Carparison is really good at recruiting the right people and having that mix of personalities does make it more open and accessible. I do think being a young business, there’s been an effort to shed that stereotypical image that comes with dealerships – and you can see that when you look at our leadership.
As a woman, I’d definitely feel more comfortable to report an issue to CCJ (Charlotte Channing-Jones, Head of Sales) or Kate (Champion, Sales Admin Manager) because I know they’d take me seriously.
I do think women don’t speak up enough about the small microaggressions we face in the workplace, simply because we’re so used to being shut down over the big ones. Maybe that’s something we need to work on too.