Last week I was proud to be invited to a superb event in Birmingham celebrating the very best in UK manufacturing.

Hosted by The Manufacturer magazine, the launch of the Top 100 List was a chance to showcase the people who are making a real difference in the industry and can inspire the next generation to pursue careers in manufacturing.

The Top 100 List was an idea formulated by The Manufacturer, whose team identified that manufacturing had a bit of an image problem and needed more role models to champion the industry.

I’m honoured to be named in the Top 100 list - and chosen as one of 20 Exemplar Manufacturers to boot!

As someone who’s had a brilliant time working in manufacturing over the last couple of decades, I’m determined to use this new platform to encourage more young people to consider a career in the sector.

Manufacturing’s given me so much over the years - it’ll be great to be able to give a bit back. In the run up to Christmas, I’m spending some time thinking about what I can do to best promote the industry in 2015. Watch this space!

By Jane Robinson, Director