Lisa Pogson

Lisa is the Managing Director of Airmaster, a Yorkshire based Mechanical Services company, with particular expertise in heating and cooling air and water and a focus on refrigeration, heat pumps and emerging technologies. They have grown into a £9m turnover Mechanical Services Contractor. Lisa has been an active member of Women in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Committee for the last 3 years and she was part of the first national cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses programme.  She is an active member of the business community as a STEM Ambassador, a Freeman of The Company of Cutlers of Hallamshire and for 3 years she was the first female president of the combined Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. Lisa mentors a number of people in different disciplines and she is often supporting local businesses, schools and colleges too. She is Chair of the Rotherham Business Growth Board and remains an NED on the Chamber of Commerce Board.

Lisa said “After leaving school at 16, with a handful of GCSE’s, I joined the YTS scheme as an apprentice and worked my way up to Office Manager. In 1999, 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. I joined Airmaster in 1995, having previously worked in the building industry. Initially, I worked in a part-time capacity to help out my future brother in law Richard (our MD) with admin and bookkeeping.  As business and staff numbers grew, I took on a full-time role in 2001, and have been at the heart of the organisation for over 25 years. The diverse range of contracts that we were working on, particularly in the service and maintenance sector fascinated me.”

A keen focus on continual improvement, Lisa and the team have achieved a number of accreditations, including Investors in People, 14001, 9001, CHAS Premium, SafeContractor, Refcom, GasSafe and they are active members of BESA, IOR and the Sustainability School.