UK: Joanna Robinson, MD of Mansfield Pollard, has been elected as the new chair of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Ventilation Group.

Joanna Robinson was appointed MD at Bradford-based bespoke air management manufacturer Mansfield Pollard in 2013, working her way up from financial controller after joining the company in 2000.

“We are delighted that Joanna has agreed to take on this important role for the Association,” said BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin. “She is a fantastic role model for women in our profession and is running a business that sits right at the heart of everything our sector is trying to achieve.

“We are doing some very important work in the area of indoor air quality (IAQ) as we strive to make buildings ‘safe havens’ that protect people from worsening levels of outdoor pollution. Joanna has extremely valuable expertise in this area to share with fellow members and the industry at large.”

Mrs Robinson said she would also be using her time as chair to promote women in engineering and share her knowledge and experience with other industry professionals.

“I am committed to empowering the next generation of female engineers and highlighting the potential career opportunities within the manufacturing and engineering sectors,” she said. “I am confident that my expertise and background will help deliver BESA’s transformative vision for improving diversity in our industry.”