Brian Spratt, the IAAF’s chief executive is finally retiring today (27 June) after 14 years in the post. In 1992 he joined the ADF, as it was known then, as Trade secretary and went on to become Chief Executive in 1999. Since then he has overseen a number of changes and developments within the automotive aftermarket and played an instrumental role in ensuring the trade association continues to focus on strengthening, securing and promoting the future of the independent aftermarket.
The IAAF is asking suppliers and motor factors to give their views and experiences on accessing vehicle assemblers’ parts data. Research group Ricardo has issued its questionnaire for parts suppliers and wholesalers, having been appointed by the European Commission to collect and assess market experience in obtaining repair & maintenance information data for repairing and servicing vehicles.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that Autoparts group factor manager Craig McCracken has joined the IAAF Council. The IAAF Council is a voluntary group of senior aftermarket executives that come together regularly to debate industry issues and set IAAF policy.
The first of April saw the arrival of Wendy Williamson at the IAAF’s offices in Birmingham to take up her position as chief executive (designate). Wendy takes over from Brian Spratt, who is retiring at the end of June.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has held the first in a new series of members’ network meetings for parts suppliers, distributors, installers and members of the press. All 30 places were taken at the exclusive event, held at First Line’s headquarters in Banbury. Feedback was extremely positive with the information provided described as “excellent” by attendees, with additional comments rating the event as “very informative” and “thought provoking”.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation is launching a series of members’ meetings around the UK with a networking opportunity and seminar on Tuesday 25 March at First Line HQ, Banbury. The event will be the first of its kind and is open to all IAAF supplier, factor and garage members.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that Wendy Williamson will become the new chief executive, taking over from Brian Spratt in July this year. Williamson held several positions in the Unipart Group of companies including that of director & general manager at Truck & Trailer Components (TTC), a Unipart subsidiary. More recently, she has been running the aftermarket section of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).
In a recent speech Roads Minister Robert Goodwill indicated that the number of garages that reduce the MoT test fee influenced his decision to freeze the maximum charge until 2015.
He said, “Some of the decisions taken to reduce the cost of motoring this week have not been popular such as freezing the MOT fee. But I know that many test stations discount the fee. In fact only 12m of the vehicles on the road paid the full fee.”