Professor David Bailey joins IAAF conference line-up

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has revealed that Professor David Bailey, a UK automotive expert on Brexit, will be speaking at its 2021 Virtual Conference.

Titled ‘UK Auto after Brexit – the perfect storm of global supply chain issues and Brexit’, Bailey’s talk will delve deeper into the hot topic of Brexit and the effects it has had on the automotive aftermarket since coming into place earlier this year.

Bailey is Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme, exploring the impacts of Brexit on UK automotive and manufacturing.

He has written extensively on industrial and regional policy, especially in relation to manufacturing and the auto industry. He has been involved in a number of recent major projects including the recent Horizon2020 RISE project MAKERS where he led the Work Package on Industrial Policy.

He is also Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Regional Studies and Chair of the RSA Europe Think-Tank and policy forum and is a regular media commenter and newspaper columnist.

Bailey’s latest co-edited book, ‘Keeping the Wheels on the Road. UK Auto after Brexit’, has recently been published by Bite-Sized Books.

Mark Field, IAAF chief executive said: “David is an expert in his field, and we’re delighted to have him on board to provide a new perspective on the wider influences affecting our trade.”

The IAAF Virtual Conference 2021, taking place on 2 December, will tackle the past, present and future of the sector, supporting members’ business activity.

A number of new sponsorship packages have been introduced and the event will also feature the ‘Pride of the Aftermarket’ awards, which will honour exceptional performances of companies and individuals throughout the past year.


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