Freeman recommendation for Trevor Mann CBE to be examined next week

A recommendation that Nissan's Trevor Mann CBE should become a Freeman of Sunderland is to be considered at a council meeting next week

Trevor Mann
Trevor Mann

A recommendation that Nissan's Trevor Mann CBE should become a Freeman of Sunderland is to be examined next week.

Mr Mann began work at Nissan in 1985. Earlier this year he was appointed Nissan Motor Company’s Executive Vice president and Chairman of the Management Committee for Africa, Middle East, India and Europe.

The recommendation is being considered at a meeting of Sunderland City Council (Wednesday 25 September).

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "The council has traditionally honoured those who have made significant contributions to the well being and community spirit of the city.

"The council does this by conferring on them the Honorary Freedom of the City. A report recommending that the Freedom of the City is conferred on Monsieur Joël Batteux OBE, Mayor of St Nazaire and Mr Niall Quinn MBE is already contained in the Cabinet’s report to the full council.

"Members of the council have now nominated Trevor Mann CBE for a freedom."

The report to council outlines how Mr Mann joined Nissan Motor Manufacturing Limited (NMUK) as a team leader assigned to Trim and Final Assembly in the production department.

He went on to help oversee the production of the Micra, which was a historic moment in Sunderland’s motor manufacturing history. It helped the city's growing reputation as a world leading location for automotive engineering and manufacturing.

Cllr Watson added: "The City Council has been incredibly proud of its partnership with the company, and of the benefits and opportunities generated as a result, for the local community and economy.

"More recently, Mr Mann made invaluable contributions to the development of the Sunderland Economic Masterplan and was a thoughtful and respected member of the city’s Economic Leadership Board.

"This all demonstrated his commitment to create opportunities for local people and how Nissan continues to be a key player in the recovery and growth of the local economy."

Having been made Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management with responsibility for all plants in Europe, India and South Africa in 2007, he was appointed Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain and Operating Committee – Africa, Middle East and India, in 2012.

In 2012, Mr Mann was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Sunderland City Council meets from 6pm on Wednesday 25 September in the main council chamber.

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