This month, the ACR Journal interviews Lisa Pogson, Resources Director at Airmaster.
Tell me about your background and education:
After leaving school at 16, with a handful of GCSE’s, I earned an HNC in Business Studies at Rotherham College and subsequently, a Masters Degree in Management Resources from the University of Hull as a mature student.
What are the details of your current employer?
Airmaster is a leading mechanical engineering services company which designs, manufactures on-site, installs and maintains bespoke, energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems for most market sectors across the UK.
What attracted you to the industry?
What do you specialise in now and what types of projects do you work on?
This saved money by massively reducing the time required to implement design changes between clients and the designer, and also resulted in a significant surge in the level of our customer service.
What do you know now about the industry you wish you had known before?
Air conditioning doesn’t have to be expensive and can actually be an efficient heating and cooling system if installed and used properly. However, it is integral to understand how all your building services work to help save energy and create a comfortable work environment to keep your staff happy.
What excites and interests you about the industry?
What would you say to other women who are considering coming into the ACR industry?
Culture is key to how a business will change and we need to be part of that. I am not keen on gender quotas to achieve this – women can be on boards on their own merit, they just need confidence and mentoring. Inspiring the next generation of women within this industry is one of my prime passions. I am President-Elect at Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber and involved in the Chamber’s Women in Business group.
I am also really proud to be a STEM ambassador, working with local schools and colleges to keep encouraging children into STEM subjects in school and university.
Where do you see your career developing?
What are the challenges in this industry?
Airmaster has won the EcoStars award at Level 3 with plans already in place to achieve level 5. We are also part of the Sustainability School, which promotes a sustainable supply chain. Therefore, we only work with suppliers and manufacturers who have sustainability in mind such as the Carbon Trust accredited, Daikin UK.
What are the benefits of being in your role?
I have led apprenticeships and developed colleagues to management positions. In fact, almost every employee at Airmaster and all senior managers started off in the industry as apprentices.