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Engineering firm appoints first female MD

Posted on 02 Mar 2020 and read 708 times
Engineering firm appoints first female MDSurrey-based Broanmain Plastics has promoted Jo Davis to managing director; she has been operations director at the family business since 2018.

Her appointment forms part of the company’s strategic succession plan, which involves investing in a more diverse workforce — from shopfloor to boardroom.

Since joining Broanmain in 2001 (www.broanmainplastics.co.uk), Ms Davis has cemented the company’s reputation as a skills champion and an investor in employee well-being.

Previous managing director Wilf Davis is moving into the role of chairman, maintaining his strategic interest in the direction and governance of the company, which his family founded more than 60 years ago.

As part of the restructure, Thomas Catinat has been promoted to operations manager, taking on the responsibility of production and overseeing quality assurance and the tool-room, while Kamil Stec has been named tool-room manager, having just completed his engineering apprenticeship with the firm.

Ms Davis said: “We have a talented team here at Broanmain, and we have won a number of new projects, production and tooling contracts in the past year.

“With the team’s support, we will continue to assist our growing customer base and build on our strong reputation for service and moulding innovation in the electronics, precision optics, automotive, medical and consumer sectors.”

Having already embarked on a significant expansion of its manufacturing facility in Dorking with the acquisition of a fully operational moulding facility on the Surrey/Sussex borders in late 2018, Broanmain has focused on streamlining operations, cross-skilling staff at the two sites and building a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.