New appointment in Automotive Industry Business Strategy


Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies is delighted to announce that Ian Henry, Managing Director of AutoAnalysis, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Centre.

Ian will work with the Centre’s director, Professor Alex de Ruyter, and David Hearne on analysis of the impact of Brexit on the UK automotive industry, in international, national and regional contexts.

Ian contributed a key chapter to the Keeping the Wheels on the Road: UK Auto Post Brexit which was co-published by the Centre with Bite-Sized Books earlier this year.

In this chapter Ian set out his proprietary model which assesses the impact of tariffs, changes in sourcing geographies by vehicle companies, exchange rates fluctuations, and non-tariff barriers on individual car companies and factories under a variety of Brexit scenarios.

This chapter will be used to underpin future work at the Centre on how the UK automotive industry might develop in the year’s post-Brexit.

Ian brings over 30 years’ experience of the automotive industry to the Centre, being a highly experienced production forecaster and supply chain analyst. Ian has worked for many of the world’s leading vehicle companies, including Mercedes and Ford, and component suppliers and has provided the SMMT with its Production Outlook service for its members for more than a decade.

Ian is also a major contributor to the automotive database service, QUBE, from and also writes extensively for Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. He is also a regular commentator in Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian on automotive business stories.

The Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University was formed in 2017 to chart the developments and provide advice during the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The Centre promotes engagement of both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ standpoints, whilst providing collaborative opportunities with businesses, professional organisations and civil society.

Accessible to the general public, the Centre hosts conferences, workshops and seminars to share knowledge in relation to economic, social and political implications of the 2016 Brexit vote.

For further information please contact:

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Centre for Brexit Studies 
Ian Henry, AutoAnalysis

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