Japanese car giant Toyota has set up a government and corporate
affairs operation to respond to 'challenging' UK and EU industrial
Former Departments of the Environment and Transport civil servant
Michael Hawes has been appointed by Toyota GB chiefs to head the
He has been briefed to keep Toyota executives abreast of the political
and commercial challenges facing the industry from both Westminster and
'I will ensure the company is aware of - and able to respond to - the
significant issues affecting the industry, most notably the impact of
the increasingly stringent environmental regulations, and the ongoing
review of how cars are distributed and sold in the UK,' said Hawes.
Based at Toyota GB's Surrey HQ, he reports to director Mike Moran.
Hawes joins from Keene Public Affairs Consultants, where he has spent
the last five years as a director.