FMI News

Ye Ancient Motor Traders of New Zealand

The Fellowship Secretary, has recently received greetings from a group in New Zealand known as The Fellowship of the Motor Industry, incorporating ‘Ye Ancient Motor Traders. Some of our more senior Fellows may remember that the Fellowship in the UK had a long association with this group in Auckland from their formation in 1943 up until about 2000 when for some unknown reason it lapsed.

At their recent AGM in Auckland it was agreed that an approach to the Fellowship in the UK should be made to see whether it might be possible to re-establish the relationship. 


2021 Newsletter

Fellows should have received a copy of the 2021 newsletter in the post, which contains details of events planned once Covid-19 restrictions allow. A full  PDF copy of the newsletter is attached.


John Sudbury 1944 - 2020

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of John Sudbury, who passed away on Monday 28th September in hospital in Guernsey

John will have been well known to many of you through his long career in the Motor Industry which began with a student placement at Ford Motor Company. He moved to the Lex group where he held a series of senior positions before setting up his own Company Swindon Automobiles in 1981. 


Why join the Fellowship - An interview with Mike Damant

Fellowship Vice Chairman, Peter Leake recently conducted this interesting interview with Fellow Mike Damant who speaks about his career in automotive training from Bentley to running Ford's Automotive College in Loughborough and explains what prompted him to join the Fellowship.


Mike Garton 1936 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Past Chairman Mike Garton after a bravely fought short illness. Mike was a dedicated supporter of the Fellowship, serving as Chairman between 2013 - 2015. He will be hugely missed by his many friends in the Fellowship and especially those who had the privilege to serve with him on the Fellowship committee where his sound advice and guidance was invaluable.

A full obituary is attached.


Martin Austin 1945 - 2020

The Fellowship is very sad to announce the passing of Past President Martin Austin. Martin was a wonderful friend to many people in the industry and will be hugely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.


85th Annual General Meeting

The planned 85th Annual General Meeting should have taken place prior to the Midlands Lunch on April 15th. Both were cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update

Over the last few weeks; given the rapid development of the Covid-19 virus situation, the Events Working Group of the Fellowship have been actively monitoring the state of affairs and has now taken the difficult decision to cancel the Midlands Luncheon for 2020, originally scheduled for 15th April 2020. Full details will be contained in a forthcoming newsletter in respect of the AGM.




Geoffrey Atkinson OBE 1939 - 2020

We are very sad to notify Fellows that Geoffrey Atkinson OBE sadly passed away peacefully at home on 14th January 2020 surrounded by his wife and family after a short illness. Geoffrey was well known throughout the Fellowship and from his time as Chief Executive of BEN. We send our condolences to his wife Tina and his three children Kate, Tim and Mike, his stepdaughter Kirsty and his nine grandchildren.  A full obituary covering Geoffrey's interesting life is attached

 His funeral takes place on the 14th February 2020 at 12 noon.  For details please contact childsb@sky.com