Advanced Chemical Etching unlocks female talent

Advanced Chemical Etching unlocks female talent

A rapidly growing Shropshire manufacturer has used into a new ‘leadership’ programme to boost its senior management team.

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE), which produces metal components for the automotive, aerospace, and high value engineering sectors, has appointed Jayne Powell as its human resource director after she impressed on WMG’s Innovation Business Leadership (IBL) Course.

She will be responsible for overseeing the company’s increasing workforce, which has grown by 25% over the last two years after the company secured a string of new orders to take its turnover past the £4m mark.

Her new role will see her take the lead with recruitment, training and employee wellbeing, ensuring the 46-strong workforce is in the best shape to cope with expansion plans that will see it aim for £5m by 2017.

Ian Whateley, managing director at ACE, said: "The Innovation Business Leadership Course is the continuation of a long-term relationship with WMG at the University of Warwick and gave her an excellent insight into strategic skills and know-how on how to lead."

The IBL course starts its third intake in mid-October, with an induction event where both new and existing participants will meet.

Jayne Powell added her support: "The IBL course offers development in all facets of business. With every module I attended I have been able to utilise the skills learned in a way to benefit myself and the business, with the most significant achievement being my appointment as HR Director.

Barry Winter, course director at WMG, concluded: "We set up IBL three years ago with the intention of encouraging SME managers to take on-board the cutting edge theory and expertise we have in the department and apply it to their own businesses.

"To see this now become a reality is a delight and we have a fantastic growing alumni of talented managers and directors from a broad range of SMEs joining the programme."