Kitchen ventilation manufacturer Mansfield Pollard has bolstered equality in its senior management team with an even split between male and female employees for the first time in its 150-year history.
Lou Frankland’s appointment as sales director means that 50% of director positions at the supplier are now held by women.
While Mansfield Pollard has achieved a balanced gender workforce, only 9% of the UK’s current workforce in the sector is female.
The manufacturing company is looking to spearhead a campaign to attract more women to the sector and hopes to encourage other companies in the industry will follow.
Managing director and the first female member and chair of the BESA Ventilation Service Executive Committee, Joanna Robinson, believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation.
She said: “Diversity matters, and companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse. The different ways women approach issues add to the flexibility and resourcefulness of an organisation.
“As one of the few women in the industry, I believe that I have a responsibility to promote career opportunities for both sexes and in particular I hope that my example inspires other women to pursue careers within the industry.
Frankland’s role will be working together with other members of the board to promote the manufacturing industry in schools and to young people and highlight career prospects in the expanding market, for both men and women.
She said: “The role provides an opportunity to build on the strong foundations already in place, working with a great team of people who understand what the business is here to deliver. My experience in specification sales should assist in the future growth of the business, and with some focus in key export markets, I believe we have the perfect combination for a successful future.
“Supporting Joanna on her quest to promote the industry is really exciting, and I am looking forward to helping spread the message to women and girls that engineering offers fantastic career prospects and the opportunity to improve society by contributing to ground-breaking projects that will really make a difference.”