This month’s Women in ACR interviewee is from the air conditioning and refrigeration industry distributor, Hawco.
Head of Contractor Sales, Hawco Ltd
Where did you study and what qualifications did you gain?
At 20 I started working for Pillinger Air, an Air Conditioning Contractor in Chester. My first role was as an office junior and the business was kind enough to pay for me to continue my education at Craven College, this time to secure an HND (Higher National Diploma) in business.
Are you a member of any industry associations?
Who do you work for?
The move also means I can gain knowledge and experience beyond Air Conditioning with the businesses leading portfolio of Refrigeration products. I’m responsible for the North of England and also manage a great team of Contractor Sales Engineers across the UK.
What attracted you to the industry?
I loved being out on the road in a customer facing role. The people working in the industry are great and the friendships and contacts I have developed over the years has helped to continue my passion for the industry.
What do you specialise in now? Or, what type of projects do you work on?
What do you know now about the industry which you wished you had known before?**
What excites/interests you about the industry and your part in it now?
What would you say to other women who are considering coming into the ACR industry?
If you’re hard working, love meeting people and forming relationships that last, I would recommend a field sales career in the industry. It’s highly rewarding and the technology is constantly changing, keeping you on your toes!
Where do you see your career developing?
What are the challenges of this industry?
The economic downturn was a big challenge for the industry as a whole, as it caused a reduction in new buildings - but in any job there are going to be situations that are out of your control. It’s important to remain positive. A good attitude can see you through.
What are the benefits of being in your role?
One day I could be in the office working on our latest advertising campaign or meeting with my team of field sales engineers, the next I’ll be on the road visiting customers, contractors on site or even visiting a supplier’s factory in Europe with clients.