Toyota appoints British executives to senior roles in its UK and European manufacturing operations

Toyota Motor Europe today announced the appointment of senior British executives to new leadership roles in its UK and European manufacturing operations as of 1 January 2021.

The changes will see Jim Crosbie, Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK), moving to the role of President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France.

Since his UK appointment in January, Crosbie has led the company through an unprecedented year including a plant stop in March due to COVID19, and a safe restart followed by continuous running from May. 

Commenting on his new appointment, he said:  “Over the past 20 years, including two spent as DMD at TMUK before becoming MD this past January, I consider it a privilege to have worked with such a great number of highly skilled and dedicated colleagues.  I have every confidence in the team to continue TMUK’s contribution to Toyota’s regional presence, to UK industry and to the benefit of society.  In my new position as President at our factory in northern France, I’m looking forward to a new set of challenges and the opportunity to work alongside an equally dedicated team.”

Richard Kenworthy will be the new Managing Director of TMUK, again effective from 1 January 2021. Kenworthy is currently Vice President responsible for Production Control in Toyota Motor Europe.  He has been with Toyota for 29 years, including 21 years at TMUK Deeside Engine plant.

He said: “Toyota Manufacturing UK has made an important contribution to Toyota’s regional business through nearly thirty years of vehicle and engine manufacture.   I started my career in TMUK, and it’s a great pleasure to be returning.  I’m excited to take on the role of Managing Director and to lead the capable and talented workforce to maintain and enhance our competitiveness - and build a sustainable future for the company.  Thank you to Jim for his tireless efforts and I hope I can continue his great work supported by the team at TMUK.”



For more information, please contact:

Julie Langley on 01332 283611 or Chris Barrow on 01332 283609, Toyota Manufacturing UK

Note to Editors

Toyota Manufacturing UK produces Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sport models at its vehicle manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire, and petrol and hybrid engines at its engine manufacturing plant at Deeside, North Wales. In 2019, TMUK 148,106 produced vehicles, 318,265 engines for export and local assembly at plants across the world. To date, Toyota has invested over £2.75 billion into its UK manufacturing operations and currently employs over 3000 members.