Mike Hawes has more than 20 years’ experience in policy, corporate and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the automotive industry. He started his career in 1990 in the road transport research sector before joining the government and working in a variety of policy roles.
He then spent a number of years in communications consultancy becoming a director of a small, independent firm before joining Toyota in 2000.
Mike held a number of government affairs and corporate roles for Toyota, both in the UK and abroad, before joining Bentley Motors in 2008. A former Director of Communications for the company, he was most recently in charge of Government Affairs for both Bentley and its parent company, Volkswagen AG, in the UK.
He joined SMMT as chief executive in September 2013.