Joanna Robinson, MD of ventilation equipment manufacturer Mansfield Pollard, has been included in the national list of Faces of a Vibrant Economy 2017.
She is among 100 people chosen by Grant Thornton and an independent panel for their work to build a more purposeful and socially responsible Britain. They represent diverse sectors and industries comprising entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers and business visionaries.
The Faces programme recognises these leaders who are shaping a more purposeful, innovative and socially responsible business environment and it celebrates their leadership, innovation and help in their communities to develop a more vibrant economy in the UK.
Robinson said: “I am proud to have been named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy. It’s fantastic to be included in the list along with many inspirational leaders from across the UK.”
Her portrait features in the ‘Faces’ exhibition, along with her profile and the message she would give to her younger self: “Always be yourself, don’t ignore your instincts and push yourself out of your comfort zone whenever you get the opportunity.”
Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK, believes that young people need more role models from the business, public and third sectors that demonstrate the value of vision, culture and purpose in their careers. She says:
“According to data from YouGov only 1% of 8-15-year olds want to work in business when they grow up. Being a politician was equally unpopular.
“The same research found that the top career motivations for this age group were to have fun and to help other people. To inspire the next generation, we need to do more to showcase and celebrate leaders from UK businesses, public and third sector organisations that role model how people and organisations can contribute to the growth of our economy and society in a positive way.
“That’s why we began our Faces of a Vibrant Economy initiative, for which we are now launching the second annual showcase. Our Faces are exceptional leaders, driving positive results against a clearly defined purpose. Their commitment and passion make us want to be like them, to work with them and to learn from them.
“These leaders show us how business can be a force for good in society, how creative approaches to public services and commitment to investing in your people can drive superior results and how passion, coupled with purpose and a great idea can change the world for the better.”