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FISITA strengthens board to support fast-changing demands on the automotive engineering profession

10 July 2019

Two new Non-Executive Directors appointed to board of FISITA (UK) Ltd

FISITA, the international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession, today announces two new appointments to the board of FISITA (UK) Ltd, the advisory body which oversees FISITA’s activities worldwide.

“Our industry is changing faster now than at any point in the last 100 years. That means the engineers delivering this change need new skills, greater collaborative learning and a broader global context that reaches out into a wide range of increasingly aligned technology sectors,” explains Paul Mascarenas OBE, Chairman of the FISITA (UK) Ltd Board. “These are all values at the heart of FISITA: strengthening our Board will allow us to achieve more, more quickly, for all automotive engineers around the world.”

Katie Milbourn joins as a Non-Executive Director and brings a wealth of experience in human resources to the Board. Katie is Head of Human Resources at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT - the organisation representing the UK automotive industry), delivering leadership and taking overall responsibility for the Society’s group HR function, supporting around 150 colleagues.

Katie said: “I’m delighted to join FISITA at this pivotal moment for the automotive industry. With advances in electrification, digitalisation and AI, the sector is undergoing huge transformation, in turn requiring a transformation of skills. I’m pleased to be part of FISITA’s drive to help keep automotive engineering professionals at the cutting edge of technological development.”

Richard Gotch also joins as a Non-Executive Director and brings a wealth of experience in marketing and communications to the Board. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience working with automotive technology businesses from innovation start-ups to global Tier 1s and is the founder of Market Engineering and its managing director until its acquisition by Newspress.

“For engineers at every level, this is one of the most challenging times in the history of our industry, but that also makes it one of the most exciting,” comments Richard. “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with FISITA to help the profession continue to achieve remarkable successes as the pace of change accelerates.”

All FISITA UK Ltd Board members are committed to the development and implementation of FISITA’s strategic vision, financial and business plan. Katie and Richard join the current Board members:

  • Paul Mascarenas – Chair and Non-Executive Director
  • Remi Bastien – Non-Executive Director
  • Karl Siebertz – Non-Executive Director
  • Graham Hutchins – Non-Executive Director
  • Chis Mason – FISITA CEO

The FISITA (UK) Ltd Board is responsible for the supervision, and corporate governance of FISITA worldwide, as well as financial and operational activities of the organisation as delegated via the FISITA Constitution – the Board is accountable to the membership of FISITA for the success of the organisation.