Autocar has opened the nominations for the 2019 Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry – Rising Stars event, which celebrates rising female stars in the automotive world.

The annual industry initiative, now in its fourth year, will recognise ‘prominent female rising stars’ at the Awards event taking place on Wednesday 19 June. Since the launch in 2016, Autocar has alternated its Great British Women event each year to recognise both the most influential women in the industry and rising stars.

Autocar recognises the top 100 rising women in the industry from various categories including Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing and Vehicle Development. One overall winner will take home the top award.

This year, there are two new categories. The New Mobility and Digital Solutions category encourages nominees who work in a role which may not have existed 10 years ago, with a focus on jobs that are subject to change in the business, whether that be digital or technical innovation. The second new category is for apprentices who are just starting their career in the industry.

Haymarket Automotive managing director, Rachael Prasher, will return to lead the judging panel joined by a mix of industry experts including Jim Holder, Mark Tisshaw, Steve Cropley and Rachel Burgess from Autocar’s editorial team and SMMT’s chief executive, Mike Hawes.

Haymarket’s Rachael Prasher said: “By selecting these rising stars in key sectors across the automotive industry, we are showcasing the future of the automotive world, which is constantly moving and developing. We are all really excited to see the candidates put forward for the 2019 Award and to find out more about the brilliance of their work in the industry.”

Nominations for this year’s Awards must be registered by 23:59 on 17 April, and can be submitted by candidates themselves, or nominated by their peers. Please enter via this link: www.autocar.co.uk/gbwnomination.

Nominees are asked to submit information on the following topics for consideration: education and career to date, level of influence in their business, future ambitions and how nominees will achieve them, and achievements which will make nominees stand out above the competition. The supporting evidence for each of the criteria set should be no more than 150 words per section and should be submitted through the entry portal.

Space for the event is strictly limited, with priority given to winners and past winners. However, a limited number of tickets should be available. Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Autocar at autocar.events@haymarket.com.

Full information on all categories and how to apply for Autocar’s 2019 Great British Women, please visit https://www.autocar.co.uk/greatbritishwomen/2019