The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that Wendy Williamson will become its new chief executive. She will take over from Brian Spratt in July this year.

Williamson has been a presence in the UK aftermarket sector, with particular emphasis on the commercial vehicle industry. She has worked at Unipart and held positions as director and general manager at Unipart subsidiary Truck and Trailer Components. 

Prior to her new appointment, she was managing the aftermarket section of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). She is due to leave this post in April and work alongside Spratt during a three-month handover period.

The IAAF was founded in 2010 to facilitate the smooth running of the UK’s spare parts distribution sector. 

“This is reassuring news for me and IAAF members,” said the current IAAF chief executive, Brian Spratt. “To have someone of Wendy’s experience and enthusiasm taking over the reins makes me very confident for the Federation’s future prospects.”

Spratt will retire from his post in June 2014. 

IAAF’s president Graham Knight added: “Finding the right person to follow Brian, who would have universal industry respect and detailed knowledge, was a daunting task, but I’ve every confidence that in Wendy we have found the right person to take IAAF forward.

“Wendy’s passion and enthusiasm for the independent automotive aftermarket and proven track record of achievement is second to none. I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”