FMI News

BEN Ball - 11 December 2019 - Roundhouse London

  • After 70 years at the Grosvenor House, Ben announces that Ben Ball 2019 will be held at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden on 11th December
  • Ben is inviting the automotive industry to book tickets now for their Christmas Ball
  • Take advantage of the early bird booking discount - 10% until 31st May

​See the attached Press Release for further details


Past Chairman & Honorary Secretary Clive Timms passes away

It is with considerable sadness that we write to advise Fellows that Clive Timms sadly passed away last night, Friday 21 December 2018, having fought a courageous battle with Motor Neurone Disease, (MND).

Clive was well known to Fellows as a past Chairman of the FELLOWSHIP and more recently its Honorary Secretary. He was a real gentleman and a wonderful friend to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His common sense approach to his roles within the FELLOWSHIP were always valued and respected and he will be hugely missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him.


Mike Garton becomes President of the Healey Drivers Club

‘Mike Garton, the Fellowships past Chairman, has just been enrolled as President of the Healey Drivers Club following the departure of Peter Healey from the post.

The Healey Drivers Club is the oldest club for the Healey cars being built by Donald Healey at Warwick. Founded in 1955 the club has always had a member of the Healey family as its President until Mike's recent appointment.


Fellowshp Committee Member attempts Cross Channel Relay Swim for BEN

Fellowship Committee Member Paul Barrett  has been persuaded to take part in a Cross-Channel Relay Swim. He's not really not sure how he agreed to this and whether he was totally sober at the time however as the fittest member of the committee he was the obvious choice!

 They say that growing old is compulsory but growing up is optional and Paul has obviously decided that he still needs another challenge in life to stay young. He is doing this to raise money for BEN, the automotive industry charity and any support that Fellows can provide in the form of sponsorship would be hugely appreciated. 


2017 AGM Minutes

The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at The British Motor Museum at Gaydon on 19 April 2017 and the minutes of the meeting are attached.


The FELLOWSHIP awards its first Bursary

The Fellowship of the Motor Industry (FMI) has awarded its first bursary to Andrew Gault, a body repair technician from Northern Ireland.

In winning the Institute of the Motor Industry’s 2016 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Andrew becomes the first recipient of a bursary scheme launched this year by the FELLOWSHIP to help students and apprentices in the motor industry through their studies.

The IMI Outstanding Achiever Awards were presented at a reception at the Institute’s Fanshaws headquarters on 20th October by HRH Prince Michael of Kent (GCVO). A total of eight awards were made to students and two to training centres.


FMI Past President Tony Ball, MBE wins IMI Outstanding Individual Award at star studded dinner 2016


Senior industry representatives, government officials and British icons all gathered in London to celebrate the outstanding contributions to the sector, as well as the launch of the IMI and ITN Production programme ‘Driving Change’.

Guests were joined by former England rugby player Will Greenwood, one of Britain’s most successful marketeers Tony Ball MBE, his son Michael Ball OBE, and British racing driver Vicki Butler-Henderson.


FMI steps in with three year Motor Industry Bursary


FMI steps in with three year motor industry bursary

Training for a career in Britain’s most successful industry just got easier with the launch of a new bursary from the Fellowship of the Motor Industry (FMI).

Designed to assist motor industry trainees, students and apprentices through their studies, the three year bursary will form part of a sponsorship package with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Funds to be provided by the FMI will contribute to the cost of training, books and other learning materials and expenses to help trainees manage the costs of their study.


Calling all Austin Ex-Apprentices

If you are an Ex-Austin Apprentices and are not on the Ex-Apprentices Association circulation list they would very much like to hear from you. A number of Fellows are Austin Ex-Apprentices, including the President, Tony Ham and the current Chairman Peter Lewis-Jones. If you would like to establish contact with the Ex-Apprentices Association the details are on the attached form.


Past President Jim Hughes receives a unique global accolade from NGK

NGK has paid a unique global accolade to a man who more than anyone was responsible for building the company’s reputation in the UK.

The leading manufacturer of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors has honoured FMI Past President Jim Hughes who worked to establish the NGK brand in the UK automotive aftermarket over three decades.

Jim (79) has been presented with a certificate and a trophy marking his long-standing service to the company.