Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 17, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW Awards


The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has today applauded the achievements of its President, Steve Nash FIMI, who won the Personality of the Year award at last night’s prestigious AM Awards held in Birmingham.

This particular award is presented to the person who has had the biggest impact on the motor industry during the previous 12 months. Their contribution will have made a significant positive impact to the way companies do business or to the way the industry is portrayed to the public.  Steve, who has been President of the IMI for the last three years, was honoured for his work supporting the IMI in raising industry standards of professionalism in training and development.

As President and before that, Chairman, Steve has led the IMI through a period of change for the Institute as the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the automotive retail industry and has been instrumental in its significant successes.  In April 2011, the Government announced that it was withdrawing funding to all SSCs from April 2012 and Steve along with the rest of the IMI Group Board worked tirelessly to motivate the senior management team, sought industry support and backed the bids for renewed financial support and to his credit the IMI were awarded over £3 million of investment ensuring the automotive retail industry was duly recognised alongside other, higher profile sectors of employment.

Congratulating Steve on his award, Adrian Smith FIMI, Vice-Chair and Honorary Treasurer of the IMI said: "I am sure I speak for everyone on the IMI Group Board by offering my congratulations to Steve on his receipt of this well deserved 'Personality of the Year' at the 2012 AM Awards. It was also my personal pleasure and privilege to collect the Award on behalf of Steve in his absence.

Steve has shown unwavering support for the IMI in his time as Chair and more recently as President. The IMI has transitioned through several phases, not least as it became the industry Sector Skills Council where Steve adopted a visionary approach. More recently the successful bid for funding from the UKCES was carried out by the IMI team with the support of Steve as President."

Linda Stansfield FIMI, Chief Operating Officer at the IMI said: “The last few years have marked a pivotal period in the Institute’s history which has significantly strengthened our mandate to improve professional standards in the sector.  In his capacity as President Steve’s support, guidance and industry insight has been invaluable and we are delighted this has been recognised with this industry award.”