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0 Comments In the Media Dec 01, 2010
First woman appointed to board of industry body

THE managing director of Coventry drilling and sawing company has become the first woman to be appointed to a professional body for the industry.

Julie White, of D-Drill in Shilton, has accepted a position on the board of directors of The Drilling and Sawing Association.

The association, based in Nottingham, was established in 1984 and has over 100 members across the country.

She said: “It needs new people on the board and younger members who are rare in The Drilling and Sawing Association.

“We need to prove to people that are not members that it is worth their while being part of the organisation.

“The apprenticeship scheme which they have introduced has been really important.

“Even through the recession, which many businesses have found really hard, I didn’t want to cut back on training because it is so important for drilling and sawing companies.

“I have an ageing workforce and by investing in people now I am ensuring my business can survive in the future.”

Joel Vinsant, secretary of The Drilling and Sawing Association, added: “Julie has been pro-active in the industry for a number of years and fully deserves her place on the board,” he said.

“We want the association to have new blood with people who have fresh ideas to take the association forward with different approaches and with Julie’s involvement we can only go from strength to strength.

“She has been really enthusiastic about encouraging the two-year apprenticeship scheme we started six years ago which is vital to train the next generation in this specialist industry.”

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