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26 September 2018

Stadium of Light, Sunderland, 7.00pm - 11.30pm


The annual North East Automotive Expo Pre-Event Dinner is one of the most prestigious networking events in the region and will return for a fourth year on 26 September 2018 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Celebrate business success within the automotive sector amongst 200 industry professionals, business leaders and major stakeholders.  Sponsored by Invest South Tyneside, the dinner will offer the ideal platform to network with some of the UK's most influential automotive professionals, gain thought-provoking insights in to the sector and entertain clients and VIPs.

Guest Speaker:

The NEAA is delighted to welcome Lawrence Davies MBE, CEO - Department for International Trade (DiT) Automotive Sector Team as guest speaker at the 2018 event. The UK’s supply chain is growing fast and the opportunity for automotive suppliers to invest in the UK has never been more valuable. The increase in average UK vehicle content from 35% to 44% since 2011 means there is a staggering £4 billion per annum opportunity for tier one companies and £2 billion for upstream suppliers.

Lawrence has had a 35-year career in the automotive industry. He started at General Motors (GM) in the UK within purchasing and supply chain, after which he spent four years at Opel in Germany, with spells in France and the USA. He became Director of GM UK Purchasing and Supply Chain in 2006.

In 2013, Lawrence joined Department for International Trade (DiT) Automotive Sector Team as Deputy CEO. Here he played a lead role in the Automotive Sector Team's programme of engagement with automotive companies to promote the UK worldwide. He was made a fellow of the Institute of Purchasing in 2015.

In 2016 Lawrence was appointed CEO of the DiT Automotive Sector Team and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2016 New Year’s honours list.

To secure your table or individual tickets, please download and return the booking form or register via Eventbrite


 Member - Individual 

 £75.00 (+VAT)

 Member - Table of 10

 £750.00 (+VAT)

 Non-Member - Individual

 £150.00 (+VAT)

 Non-Member – Table of 10

 £1,500.00 (+VAT)

 * Tables of 12 are available on request


The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland has a limited number of rooms available for guest booking on the evening of the pre-event dinner, at a discounted rate of £64 B&B. Book on-line and add the 'special rate code: NEAA'.