The World Car Awards are administered by a not-for-profit association, under the guidance of an executive committee, a steering committee, as well as a group of advisors as follows:
|BETH RHIND |
Co-founder and Executive Director, World Car Awards
|Beth Rhind's first job after graduation was with the CBC / Radio Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in public relations. Her second job was as an events manager at Toronto's Harbourfront galleries and performance venues.
The two combined into a career focused on public/media relations and event management.
Ms Rhind was subsequently the media director at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto for 18 years. In addition to her media duties, she also organized an annual World Design Forum for six years featuring some of the industry's top designers (Anne Asensio, Chris Bangle, Moray Callum, Ralph Gilles, Peter Horbury, Tom Matano, Ken Okuyama, Shiro Nakamura and Adrian van Hooydonk to name a few).
In addition, the annual "World Automotive Design Competition," which she created and organized, was a show highlight for five years. The competition is responsible for launching the careers of many young aspiring automotive designers. Judges were Robert Cumberford, Paul Deutschman, Akira Fujimoto, Ken Gross, Peter Horbury and Tom Matano.
She also designed multiple exhibits for the show. Some of her favourites are: "Art and the Automobile," which featured an art-gallery-like walk through Toronto streets (complete with period cars) from the 1800s to the current day; an annual "EcoDrive Showcase," which created a park-like atmosphere to introduce the then emerging "green" vehicles to the public and AJAC’s “Art of the Automobile” display of paintings and photographs by automotive artists.
Over the same period, she was also the manager of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) including all its related events and activities for 24 years.
|PETER LYON |
CO-CHAIR, World Car Awards Program and DIRECTOR, Executive Committee
|Contributor: Car & Driver, Forbes, Forbes Japan, Auto Express, Quattroruote, GQ Japan, Samurai Wheels TV|
|Entering his 28th year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide. Having started out in the late 90s as a bilingual commentator on TV and radio, he currently hosts and co-writes Samurai Wheels, a bi-weekly English language TV show introducing Japan's car culture on NHK World, the country's national broadcaster. The show is broadcast to 150 countries. He is a juror for the Japan Car of the Year, a judge for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest and a juror for the International Engine of the Year.
He has published two books in Japanese including Flashing Hazards, a book about Japan's unique car culture in 2014. He has also raced cars since 2000, culminating in a class win in a 4-hour VLN race at Nurburgring and a 4th-in-class finish in the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in 2010. In the Mazda MX-5 4-hour media race at Tsukuba in 2011, Lyon's team came 2nd, while his team placed 3rd in the Historic Car Race at Motegi in 2000 driving a Jaguar Mk11.
|MIKE RUTHERFORD |
CO-CHAIR, World Car Awards Program and DIRECTOR, Executive Committee
|(Chief Columnist, Auto Express. Regular contributor to BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Sky News and other outlets in the UK and overseas).|
|London-born Rutherford has been writing and broadcasting about cars for 30 years. His words and pictures have appeared in most of the UK's national newspapers, and he has served time as Motoring Editor on three of them.
Mike has driven thousands of test cars in scores of countries on every continent, presented over 1,000 national/international radio programmes, as well as hosting countless car programmes on TV. For the last quarter of a century he's been a regular contributor on the BBC and other leading stations, in addition to doing occasional pieces for American broadcasters.
Apart from his WCOTY duties, Mike Rutherford's greatest claims to fame are that he is one of the founding fathers of Auto Express (Britain's biggest selling weekly car mag) which he helped establish and launch in 1988; he has interviewed the last five British Prime Ministers about motoring matters; and he's one of the few journalists in the world to have driven a Formula One car.
Mike Rutherford also serves as a trustee for the MarcusRutherfordFoundation.com.
|TIM STEVENS |
DIRECTOR - Executive Committee and Steering Committee
|Editor-in-Chief for Roadshow, CNET's automotive portal|
|A journalist with more than 15 years of experience, Tim Stevens is a frequent contributor to major domestic and international news outlets, sharing his insights and perspectives on such topics as security, consumer technology and the latest advancements in the automotive industry.
Mr. Stevens focuses on deep, immersive features telling the behind-the-scenes stories of products ranging from smart watches to muscle cars. He serves as a judge on the CEATEC Innovation Awards panel, attended the exclusive 2013 XPRIZE Visioneering Conference and regularly acts as speaker and moderator at industry events. He joined CNET in 2013 after serving as editor-in-chief of Engadget, part of the AOL/Huffington Post network, and Editorial Director of AOL's tech properties.
|GERRY MALLOY |
President, WCA Association; Director – Executive Committee
|Contributor: Toronto Star Wheels, Autofile.ca|
|Gerry Malloy has been an automotive journalist for more than 20 years. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and, before turning to journalism, spent over 20 years as an automotive test-and-development engineer, both within a major automaker and as proprietor of an independent engineering business whose clientele comprised most of the world’s major automakers. He is a three-time winner of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) Automotive Journalist of the Year award, and the recipient of multiple other awards for automotive writing.
As well as the editor of autofile.ca, he is a long-time columnist and feature writer for the Wheels section of the Toronto Star and an occasional contributor to several other publications and broadcasts.
|JENS MEINERS |
DIRECTOR - Steering Committee
|Based in Germany and the USA, Meiners contributes to Car and Driver, Automotive News, Welt, Automobile Industrie, Car Design News, China Auto Pictorial and various other outlets|
|Based in the US and Germany, Jens Meiners leads Car and Driver's German Online Bureau, is European correspondent for Automotive News, chief correspondent for Automobil Industrie, a regular columnist for China Auto Pictorial and AutoX, and writes for various other international outlets.
He has covered the automotive industry since 1996. A former law student, he began his career in journalism as editor of the buyer's guide Autosalon. He subsequently was Managing Editor of Automotive Business International and staff reporter for Automotive News Europe; in 2010, he co-founded an automotive news agency.
Meiners splits his time between Northern Bavaria and New York City. His growing collection of cars includes an Aston Martin Lagonda, a Maserati 430, a Reliant/Bertone prototype, and a Porsche 914/6 GT.
|SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR |
DIRECTOR - Steering Committee
|Editor-in-Chief, carandbike; and Head of Automobile Programming/Chief Editor-Auto, NDTV Group|
|Siddharth is one of the most well-known faces on Indian television, as the anchor and editor of the country's most watched and longest running automobile based programme - The Car and Bike Show, on the NDTV network. Siddharth popularised the concept, and has since helped evolve a new niche of auto-based viewing and programming for Indian television. He is a well-respected name, not just as an automobile journalist, but also as a financial correspondent who specialises in the automobile industry. He also conceived and began the annual NDTV-Car & Bike Awards, which in its 15th year now, has fast gained the reputation of being one of the most non-controversial and sought-after awards for the Indian auto industry.
In 2014 Siddharth helped create the digital automobile entity carandbike which now commands a massive traffic of 14 million visitors per month, and leads all digital automobile media in India on content. He routinely travels to all parts of the world to test new cars, and cover the latest in automobile design & technology. When he gets the time, he loves to cook, and try new food! Siddharth holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies from the prestigious Pune University. He has also studied in Australia and the United States. He has represented India on the World Car jury since 2011 and has served as a Director - the first Asian to hold the post - since 2014.
|GINNY BUCKLEY |
|Broadcaster, motoring editor and journalist: Good Housekeeping, Carbuyer, BBC, Sky News|
|Ginny is a broadcaster and motoring journalist who has been writing about the automotive industry, it's driving trends and reviewing cars for over 20 years. Ginny was the first female motoring editor of a UK national newspaper, a role she held at the best selling title "The News of the World" and in addition has regularly contributed to many other newspapers and magazines.
Ginny is currently the motoring editor for the UK's biggest selling women's lifestyle magazine, 'Good Housekeeping' where she reviews cars and writes regularly on the issues that matter to UK drivers. She is also contributing editor to the most popular car review site in Europe, "Carbuyer".
Her television credits include reporting on motoring related stories for BBC "Watchdog" and ITV's current affairs programme "Tonight", along with anchoring "Sky News" and ITV 1's "Granada Tonight". Ginny was one of the founding presenters of the ITV's "Granada Men and Motors", where she produced and presented motoring programmes for many years.
Ginny is also familiar to viewers as the presenter of the iconic BBC One travel show "Holiday" which she reported on and later anchored and currently appears on BBC One's "Escape to the Country", shown in 59 countries.
She lives in Oxfordshire with her young son and for the past decade has sat on the Board of Trustees for the Manchester United Foundation where she works to engage and empower young people with a particular focus on STEM and sport.
|TONI JALOVAARA |
|Contributor: Tekniikan Maailma, Ilta-Sanomat, Kauppalehti, Suomen Autolehti, Aamulehti etc.|
|Toni Jalovaara started writing about cars in early 80s at the same time of his MBA studies in the Helsinki School of Economics. Besides writing to most of important Finnish newspapers and car magazines, Jalovaara's pictures and stories have been published also in Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland and Sweden.
His interests and experience covers almost everything on the roads. Especially in the beginning of his career Jalovaara wrote regularly about trucks and motorcycles. He finds also classic cars fascinating and has been three times at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. To really test cars characteristics instead of own driving skills Jalovaara advanced his talents through taking part to races and rallies.
Jalovaara organized many years The Tannistest in Danmark for Car of the Year organization. After that in 2014 he grounded Car of the Year in Finland, which is chosen by members of Car and Motoring Journalists Association. He has also served as a chairman of that organization.
He is based in Helsinki but has found his home also in Slovenia and Thailand.
|SCOTTY REISS |
|Founder, of A Girls Guide to Cars|
|A career journalist and content development expert, Scotty began as a news reporter and has written for The New York Times, Town & Country, Entrepreneur, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Adweek, among others.
She entered automotive journalism in 2013 with the mission of empowering women as buyers, owners and drivers of cars.
Scotty has served as the President of the International Motor Press Association, on the board of Women in Automotive and as a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.
|LIONEL ROBERT |
|Editor-in-chief, Automobiles - Paris-Match magazine|
|Lionel Robert is a journalism graduate who joined the French publishing house Hachette Filipacchi in 1991 as the Assistant Editor-in-chief of Auto Moto magazine. He worked for this particular magazine until 1999 when he then focused his energies on creating the web site Auto-Moto.com.
From there he moved over to Excelsior Publications as Editor-in-chief of Automobiles Classiques from 2001-2003.
Since 2004, Lionel Robert has worked for media giant Lagardere Active; first on Driven magazine (2004-2008), then Onze Mondial (2006-2008) and currently Paris Match magazine. He writes a weekly automotive column, "Vivrematch Auto".
He is currently the chief editor of Auto Moto magazine.
|CARLOS SANDOVAL |
|Director on sandowalsky.com, Editor in Chief Autos & Toys - El Financiero, collaborator La Nota Dura - EF Bloomberg TV)|
|Car journalist by passion, industrial designer by profession, Carlos began his automotive career in Mexico writing and translating for Automóvil Panamericano, part of one of the world's largest automotive editorials, Motorpresse, based in Stuttgart.
After five years specializing in publications and automotive communications, he migrated to corporate communication at Mastretta Cars, the first company to develop and manufacture a 100% Mexican sports car, the Mastretta MXT. He developed the communication strategy, events, marketing, advertising and media program.
From 2012 to 2018 he worked as editorial manager for Autoexplora, the most recognized cars and lifestyle magazine in Mexico, responsible for the redesign, content structure, test drives managing, and editing. Since 2019 he also edits Autos & Toys for El Financiero newspaper, writing about cars, motorcycles, technology and transportation gadgets.
For over 14 years Carlos has written hundreds drive tests and research articles for magazines, web, radio, TV and books, some of them published on magazine covers in several countries. Carlos drives an average of 150 new cars every year.