Manufacturing boss nominated for business personality of the year

Joanna Robinson has been shortlisted in this year’s Bradford Means Business Awards for the drive and energy she has shown in her role as Managing Director at Mansfield Pollard.

The mother of two is building a reputation as one of the most inspirational women in business, using her passion and determination to achieve amazing success in the somewhat male dominated environment of the manufacturing industry.

Joanna became MD of the company – which supplies energy efficient ventilation and sound management equipment to a global consumer base – in early 2013 and quickly established a clear vision for the future of the business. She champions and has built a culture based on customer focus, quality, integrity, innovation and fun.

Joanna’s leadership has been characterised by her creation of a clear strategy for the future development of the business and by her willingness to engage with others, encourage team development, invest in people, and take measured risks. These attributes have contributed to Mansfield-Pollard’s recent successes.

The company now employs 160 staff and since Joanna took over as MD sales have grown by a third with the business working on projects on a national and international basis.

Joanna is keen to encourage new blood in to the industry and is regularly involved in campaigns that raise awareness about the challenging and exciting careers paths available within an engineering business.

The sixth annual awards – that celebrate the best companies, entrepreneurs and innovations – will culminate in a glittering ceremony held in June.

Joanna Robinson said; “It is a huge honour to have been shortlisted for the Bradford Means Business Personality of the Year award. I am exceptionally proud of Mansfield Pollard’s achievements over the last three years and pleased with the strong growth which we have seen for our bespoke air management solutions.

“Despite working in a traditional sector we have all worked hard to ensure the business remains innovative and adapts to the changing needs of our customers. We are very excited about the potential which the business has for the future.”

Mansfield Pollard produces an innovative range of high-quality products including air handling units, kitchen canopies, air conditioning systems and both vibration and acoustic management systems all of which deliver best in class performance and efficiency. The business recently won the award as Outstanding Employer of the Year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2015.

Written on 3rd May 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News