Johnson’s Mazda manager wins national award for ‘Outstanding management’​

Johnson’s Mazda Gloucester’s General Manager, Helen Price, has been recognised for her exceptional management skills at the Outstanding Achievement Awards, hosted by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Helen was presented with the ‘Outstanding Management Award’ for demonstrating talent and commitment to the motor industry and for her passion to encourage more young people to join the motor industry.​

The IMI Outstanding Achievement Awards identifies growing talent within the motor industry, with a focus on those who show a willingness to learn. The Outstanding Management Award is open to any manager or professional who has undertaken IMI-related training or professional development activities - something which Helen did after becoming general manager at Johnson’s in April 2018. Helen was recommended for the general manager role by Mazda UK due to her 14 years’ experience of working with the brand and her eagerness to encourage more young people and women to consider careers in the motor industry.

Helen said: “I set myself a goal of becoming a general manager by 2020, so I am very proud to have already achieved that, especially as a woman in a very male dominated industry. I have enjoyed learning more about my team at Johnson’s Mazda and what motivates them, which really helps us all to achieve our aims. One of my plans for the future is to get involved with our local schools and speak to them about building a career in the motor industry and to especially encourage young people to consider apprenticeship opportunities within the industry.

“I am delighted to have won the IMI award and enjoyed spending the day among talented motor industry managers from across the UK. Meeting HRH Prince Michael of Kent was also an added bonus!”

The annual Outstanding Achievement Awards took place on 18 October and was attended by IMI Patron, Prince Michael of Kent, and finalists from over 660 IMI training centres.