Biography

Christopher Macgowan is the former Chief Executive of both The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) and a former Interim Chief Executive of the automotive industry charity BEN.

Christopher is a Freeman of the City of London, a trustee of the National Motor Museum, a member of the Department for Transport’s Motorists’ Forum and a member of the Executive Committee of the Caravan and Motorhome Club and is its Honorary Treasurer. 

In 2008 he was appointed Officer to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

He was formerly an External Assessor at Loughborough University, a Vice President of the Automotive Fellowship International (AFI) and a trustee of Farleigh Hospice. Christopher Macgowan was formerly Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham’s Business School’s Centre for Automotive Management and Honorary Chairman of the Buckingham Automotive Forum. Formerly a member of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation Public Policy Committee.

Industry Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award – CBI Trades Association Forum.

Elected to the “Automotive Management” Hall of Fame – Bauer Media.

Outstanding Achievement Award – “Motor Trader”.

Industry Achievement Award – “Fleet World”.

Christopher worked for British Leyland early in his career and lived in Canada for a number of years. He joined Massey Ferguson in 1973. He has a well known passion for information technology and how it can drive down costs and enhance communication across many platforms in any business enterprise.

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