Former Sunderland Nissan plant boss honoured for service to car industry

Andrew Wareing collects Trevor Mann's award from presenter Amanda Stretton and Three6Zero CEO Peter Wooding.
Andrew Wareing collects Trevor Mann's award from presenter Amanda Stretton and Three6Zero CEO Peter Wooding.
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Former Nissan plant boss Trevor Mann has been honoured for his services to the global automotive industry.

Now a Nissan vice-president and based in Japan, Trevor was awarded the highest accolade at the Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards, held at Claridge’s Hotel in London.

Trevor Mann, who was born in Leigh and is heading to Japan to work as the head of Nissan's global supply chain

Trevor Mann, who was born in Leigh and is heading to Japan to work as the head of Nissan's global supply chain

The award was voted on by his industry peers, who had examined many nominations over the last few months.

The event saw more than 160 automotive supply chain and purchasing experts from all over the world gather to celebrate the best in the business.

Trevor, who rose from the shopfloor to run the plant, sent a video message in which he cited the firm’s commitment to localisation of management and the nurturing of local staff to take on senior positions.

“It is my great honour to receive the Automotive Supply Chain Global Outstanding Achievement Award,” he said.

Trevor Mann  recives the Freedom of the City from then Mayor of Sunderland Robert Heron.

Trevor Mann recives the Freedom of the City from then Mayor of Sunderland Robert Heron.

“I am exceedingly fortunate to be working at such a great company in such an exciting industry, surrounded by highly talented people both in our company and with our partners.

“Our achievements and growth as a company could not be realised without the effort and dedication of our people and our valued supplier partners all over the world.

“In accepting this award, I really must extend a sincere thank you to all those who have supported me and Nissan.”

The award was accepted on his behalf by Andrew Wareing, general manager - purchasing at Nissan Europe, who said: “This is a wonderful appreciation of Trevor’s efforts over his 30 years at Nissan, of his work in manufacturing, supply chain management, indeed all areas of the automotive industry at Nissan, an industry that he loves.”

Trevor, who joined Nissan 30 years ago, is no stranger to awards.

He was became a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours List for his Services to Business in North East England and last year was awardewd the Freedom of the City of Sunderland in recognition of the example of achievement he sets to the city’s young people, and his personal contribution to the “economic well-being of the city and people of Sunderland”.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “Trevor’s qualities and competence have been recognised beyond the industry.

“The city and the region as a whole owe a lot to this man who has lead on many a historic motoring moment, and has been instrumental in the creation of thousands of jobs.”