Warren Richards

Head of group parts operations, Volkswagen UK
Father of three – including two daughters – Richards has headed both VW’s #DrivenWomen campaign and D&I programmes since their inception in 2015. No stranger to the hard work and drive required to change the culture in a heavily male-dominated industry, he has also worked on inter-company initiatives with the likes of Sky, Network Rail and Facebook. Thanks to his strategic influence and energetic advocacy, 51% of all VW’s new hires are now female and it has set a target to have 30% female senior leadership by 2021.

She Says: "Warren cured my imposter syndrome, and helped me to see what I was capable of. He is a fantastic advocate of women across the group." Gill Headings, national service & parts programme manager, Skoda