A STEYNING woman who has spent ten years campaigning for female-friendly garages has won national recognition for her efforts.
Steph Savill has earned the top industry accolade in the sector, having launched the UK’s only motoring association for women, FOXY Lady Drivers Club, in 2004.
The 54-year-old was presented with an outstanding contribution to the motor industry award from the Institute of the Motor Industry.
She started up her national campaign after being rudely dismissed when she complained to a garage on behalf of her step-daughter, Emma. The club was set up to achieve higher standards in garages and car dealerships and more than 12,000 women have since signed up.
Working from offices in Goring Road, Steyning, Steph has won industry admiration for her efforts to identify and promote garages that go the extra mile for women drivers.
She said: “I’m so flattered that the IMI has recognised and chosen to acknowledge my work after seeming to be a lone female voice in the wilderness about gender diversity for so many years.
“I wanted to make a real difference so motoring mums and daughters knew who they could rely on in future.”
More than 500 garages are now FOXY-Lady approved.