Breakout Sessions

Hall 4 Lower


Hall 4 Lower

Be Aware: The things that every garage needs to know.

The Independent Garage Association (IGA), part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), helps garage businesses to thrive and survive in an increasingly complex technical and regulatory environment. With the rapid pace of change in the industry across both technology and legislation, it’s important for garages to feel that they have a trade body that they can rely on.

The IGA is here to help businesses across the UK ensure they know exactly what to do in order to be the best, whether it’s in MOT testing, Health and Safety, or consumer law.

The IGA is presenting a Top 20 Countdown at CDX17, covering essential information and advice that all garages, whether franchised or independent really must be aware of. This includes tips to help minimise some of the risks of running their business, and the consequences of failing to stay up to speed with legislation.


Terry Gibson is head of member services at the RMI’s Independent Garage Association (IGA). His automotive career started as an AA Patrol in the early 1980s, ending up as head of technical information running the AA’s Technical Helpdesk for Patrols 15 years later. He later became involved in Thatcham’s Vehicle Security Working Group before joining the RMI in 2012. As well as looking after the interests of IGA members, he works to ensure fair access to manufacturer technical information for the independent sector.

Terry Gibson


Hall 4 Lower

Women in the Motor Industry (WITMI)

Who says there aren’t enough women in the motor industry?

This year our panellists will be taking questions from the audience, as well as discussing their personal experiences. There’s an opportunity to get your voice heard in our session too, as Woman of the Year.

Our panel will be hosted by none other than Julia Muir, the CEO of Gaia Innovation Ltd. She has more than 25 years’ experience in both automotive retailing and manufacturing. Muir also founded The 30% Club – a group of CEOs and MDs who campaign to close the gender gap in the industry.

Melody Munday, who appeared in ITV’s Deals, Wheels & Steals, will be joining the panel to answer questions on her career and share her ideas on the changing attitudes to women in our industry. Munday set up her own car dealership and was head-hunted for the TV show, where she was pitted against all-male competitors in an auction-to-sale competition.

Automotive client partner for Facebook and Instagram Anita Fox will be talking about her career in the motor industry – having worked for big brands Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo.

Sales and service director at Auto Trader Le Etta Pearce has been with the company for more than two years but has also gained a lot of experience around the industry, previously working for Manheim and Ford. Gemma Heathcote, marketing manager at GardX, started with the company as a graduate.

Woman of the Year

If you know a woman who you feel should be recognised for the work that she does in the industry, nominate her for WITMI Woman of the Year.

Closing date for nominations is May 1, 2017 so make sure you get your nominations in. The winner will be announced at the WITMI session on the Live Stage and invited to take part in our panel.

Julia Muir

UK Automotive 30% Club

Melody Munday

ITV’s Deals, Wheels & Steals

La Etta Pearce

Auto Trader

Gemma Heathcote


Julia Greenhough

Trust Ford

Bron Burrell


Hall 4 Lower

Car Dealer Social Media 250

As the saying goes, the times they are a-changing. In previous years, we have recognised and honoured the most in uential car dealers on Twitter at our annual CDX event – but new for 2017, we are including many more platforms.

New for 2017, we revamped the Most Influential Dealers on Twitter Awards and are now welcoming ALL social media champions to the shiny Social Media 200 session. The only place to nd out where you’ve ranked will be at CDX17, with the results unveiled in an exclusive session for those who make our shortlist.

This list of the most influential car dealers will be judged in the same way as in previous years, based on the highest Klout scores, but this time it will also take into account a company’s combined Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn followers.

If two companies have the same Klout score, their places in the list will be determined by the combined following they have across these platforms, making this the most comprehensive form of the list yet.

As in previous years there will also be a series of awards up for grabs for those who have proved to have engaged and reached the biggest audience in the past 12 months.

Anita Fox


Scott Sinclair


Ross MacDonald


Register to attend now!