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First Women of Manufacturing: The 2013 shortlist

All corners of manufacturing are covered in this year’s shortlist for the First Women of Manufacturing:

Leigh Carnes, operations director, Manufacturing Technology Centre…

  • Instrumental in the development of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in 2010;
  • MTC operating at 2018 levels compared with original projections;
  • Developing plans for a £35m investment in a 12,000 sq m high-ecurity manufacturing and systems integration centre; and
  • Dedicated to helping drive the growth in UK manufacturing GDP to be greater than 20 per cent by 2020.

Judith Hackitt, chair, Health and Safety Executive…

  • First female chair of the Health and Safety Executive;
  • One of only four female students to be accepted into Imperial College to study chemical engineering;
  • On moving to the HSE, Judith committed herself to arguably one the hardest jobs in Britain, focusing the public debate on real risks, not ‘elf and safety’ trivia; and
  • President-elect of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Jacqui Miller, global sales and marketing director, Miller International…

  • The family firm’s strapline is ?Ground-breaking” and Jacqui’s led the sales and marketing;
  • Led the breakthrough into the US, the establishment of a JV in China and the development of Miller China;
  • Leading the roll-out of the Miller offer to Russia and Australia; and
  • As the first woman in a man’s world, when I set out on my journey in the construction, quarrying, mining and associated industries I never actually considered the road ahead, I just instinctively knew I would manage .

Jennifer Osbaldestin, Type 45 programme director, BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships…

  • First female programme director within BAE Systems Naval Ships, responsible for building the Type 45 destroyer;
  • First industry representative to lead a joint acceptance team from the Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems in the delivery of Type 45;
  • Key speaker at the inaugural Royal United Services Institute Women in Defence and Security Leadership Conference; and
  • Committed to to communicating opportunities to young women thinking about a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ingrid Pears MBE, glass designer & maker, Ingrid Pears Hot Glass Studio…

  • Breaking new ground in techniques, technology and the creation of unique glass art;
  • Set up the first ever creative trade mission to New Delhi, India in 2011; and
  • Currently researching and building the first ever glass furnace in the Himalayas.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group” This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.


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