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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

‘Good luck, Wendy!’ – Williamson steps down as Chief Executive

Date: Friday 30 July 2021

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) waves a fond farewell to Wendy Williamson, after successfully leading the federation through a number of historic changes as IAAF chief executive for seven years.

Throughout her time at the IAAF, Williamson has been resolute in ensuring it remains at the forefront of the industry and as an umbrella for which companies can unite under.

She has lobbied against extending the MOT frequency and new scrappage scheme proposals and ensured the automotive aftermarket’s voice is heard on all matters relating to its prosperity including type approval, block exemption and cyber security, both in the UK and throughout Europe.

Overseeing the IAAF team and working with the IAAF board, council and actively participating in FIGIEFA activities, Williamson has been both a reassuring and often inspirational presence to the trade, speaking at many automotive events in which she has championed the industry and its right to fair access and competition.

She has also revamped the IAAF conference leading to record numbers attending and establishing this and the dinner as the must-attend event for industry insight and networking.

Wendy will be succeeded by Mark Field, who is now stepping into the role as the new chief executive.

Mark has worked with the IAAF through the federation’s PR representative, Impression Communications, for the past nine years and will assume chief executive responsibilities from 1 July 2021. He also has experience working within automotive media, PR and automotive trading groups.

As she departs, humble and gracious as ever, Williamson comments:

“I want to say a VERY BIG thank you to all of the people I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside for the fantastic support that they have given me during my time at the IAAF over the last seven years. It has been a blast!
“I know that I am leaving the IAAF in a very safe pair of hands with Mark, who most of you will already know. Needless to say, I will miss working with you, but I am now looking forward to a slightly more leisurely lifestyle in the future – I hope! May I wish you all the very best for the future.”

IAAF president, Richard Welland, adds:

“Wendy has played a key part in helping to grow and evolve the IAAF into a recognised federation that successfully fights for the rights of the automotive aftermarket, and we wish her all the best in her well-earned retirement. She will certainly be missed!”

Joined by her colleagues, friends and members of the board, the IAAF hosted a farewell meal as she leaves the IAAF after seven years. Thank you to everyone that sent their best wishes and comments.