October 27 2008.

The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has appointed Steve Kenward as acting Chief Executive Officer when current CEO David Taylor, leaves in November.

Kenward is an experienced director and senior executive with a considerable track record and background in both the motorcycle and motor industry. He is a past chairman of the MCI and the Institute of Motorcycling, and held senior appointments with Heron Suzuki (GB) Limited and Suzuki Motor Company.

Since leaving Suzuki, he spent eight years as CEO of the 350,000-member Civil Service Motoring Association, which included road recovery (Britannia Rescue), insurance products, vehicle acquisition, holidays and related benefits, as well as a number of owned and operated hotels and leisure facilities. He currently runs eskay, his own business and project mentoring company, aimed at helping small to medium size businesses.

Kenward commented: "I am delighted to be accepting this responsibility for the coming months. Times are difficult and our industry stands ready to provide many people with a real, viable transport option, and the only option that gets you to work with a smile on your face.

"Harnessing our great industry and the wider motorcycling community to deliver this fantastic transport option is an exciting challenge and one that I am more than happy to accept." 

He is a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and currently the chairman of its Motor Industry Consultants Group, and the chairman of the BENgold Steering Group in support of industry charity BEN. He also holds a non-executive directorship with WI Enterprises Limited, the commercial arm of the Women's Institute.

He will remain with the MCI and assist the board in appointing a permanent CEO.