Karl Werner, the managing director of MotoNovo Finance, has become the latest business leader to join the Automotive 30% Club. The 30% Club is the voluntary network of leaders from automotive companies in the UK who support greater inclusion in the industry.

Werner, who replaced Mark Standish as managing director in August, said he was “hugely pleased” by his membership in the club.

“Having worked in automotive retailing and motor finance all my working life, I’m hugely pleased that one of my first actions as managing director of MotoNovo is to join the Automotive 30% Club. This is an organisation that not only truly understands our market but also provides inspirational leadership and energy that will make a positive difference to our industry. I eagerly look forward to playing an active part to ensure I meet the objectives of the Club,” said Werner.

The Automotive 30% Club was founded by Julia Muir to encourage inclusive leadership and achieve a better gender balance in the industry. One of its main aims is to see at least 30% of key leadership positions in member organisations filled with women from diverse backgrounds by 2030.

Muir said on Werner’s membership: “It’s my pleasure to announce that Karl Werner, managing director of MotoNovo Finance, one of the largest lenders in the UK used car finance market, has joined the Automotive 30% Club and becomes our third member from the finance and leasing part of the sector.

“It is evident that MotoNovo has already made great progress in terms of female representation and so will be a valuable voice in the Club, and we will be able to support them further on their journey to wider diversity and inclusion.”

As part of his commitment to the Automotive 30% Club, Werner has nominated MotoNovo’s head of motor major accounts Debbie McKay as the business’ ’30 by 30′ strategy leader. McKay will be responsible for implementing a ’30 by 30′ strategy and supporting metrics within the business.