Joanna Robinson, managing director at Mansfield Pollard.
Ms Robinson is among 100 people chosen by Grant Thornton and an independent panel for their work to build a more purposeful, innovative and socially responsible Britain.
These individuals represent diverse sectors and industries, and Ms Robinson joins the nation’s entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers and business visionaries – all united in their commitment to developing a vibrant economy in the UK.
The Faces programme achknowledges businesses leaders which display evidence of the following:
- Growth: Fostering a culture of growth, expansion and job creation, leading their organisation into new markets and creating jobs.
- Innovation: Solving problems, creating new solutions and models - leaders whose products or services are disrupting the sector and challenging the status quo.
- Purpose: Investing in their workforce, connecting financial profit to social purpose and contributing to the wider community.
Ms 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.”
Ms Robinson’s portrait features in the ‘Faces’ exhibition, along with her profile and a 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, chief executive 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 commented: “According to data from YouGov only 1 percent 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.”