COUNCIL bosses are being asked to drive through calls to make Nissan’s Trevor Mann a Freeman of Sunderland.
Mr Mann began work at Nissan in 1985 and was appointed Nissan Motor Company’s executive vice-president and chairman of the management committee for Africa, Middle East, India and Europe earlier this year.
The recommendation is being considered at a meeting of Sunderland City Council next week.
The cabinet have already been asked to consider former SAFC chairman Niall Quinn and Monsieur Joël Batteux, mayor of Saint Nazaire, which is twinned with Sunderland.
Council leader Councillor Paul Watson said: “The council has traditionally honoured those who have made significant contributions to the wellbeing and community spirit of the city.
“The council does this by conferring on them the Honorary Freedom of the City. A report recommending that the Freedom of the City is conferred on Monsieur Joël Batteux OBE, Mayor of St Nazaire, and Mr Niall Quinn MBE is already contained in the Cabinet’s report to the full council. Members of the council have now nominated Trevor Mann CBE for a freedom.”
Mr Mann joined Nissan as a team leader in the production department and went on to help oversee the production of the Micra, helping the city’s growing reputation as a world leading location for car mmanufacturing.
In 2012, Mr Mann was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List.
Sunderland City Council meets from 6pm next Wednesday in the main council chamber.