SMMT Industry Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Sadler to the position of General Manager for Automotive. Richard joins us with over 15 years of Tier One automotive manufacturing and supply chain experience. Having started his career as an Apprentice, he soon went on to hold leadership positions in Production Planning, Purchasing, Engineering and Manufacturing. Richard’s last role was Operations Director of an Automotive Tier One, serving multiple OEMs both in the UK and overseas.

Paul Heard, CEO of SMMT Industry Forum said, “Over the years, Richard has developed solid relationships and an outstanding reputation across the automotive industry, with both OEMs and supply chain companies. Richard’s structured, fact-based and logical management style is an excellent fit with the Industry Forum culture. I find him to be an impressive, energetic and innovative leader and have every confidence he will make a very positive contribution to the future success of Industry Forum.”

Richard Sadler said, “I am delighted to join Industry Forum as General Manager for the Automotive sector, although it has not been the start I expected, joining as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. At Industry Forum, we have been able to adapt smoothly and continue to operate. This is a challenging time for the economy, especially the Automotive Industry and I know that with the background and capabilities of the Industry Forum team, we will play a key part in driving it back to where it should be.”

If you would like to discuss with Richard how Industry Forum can support with training and support, he can be contacted via email or call: +44 (0)7971 284319.