Located in the heart of Sheffield City Region, over the past 25 years Airmaster has transformed from a ‘man and van’ operation to become a leading mechanical services company which designs and manufactures on- site, installs and maintains bespoke, energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and ventilation systems, for most market sectors across the UK.
Airmaster’s committed team are passionate about bringing comfort to any private or public sector environment: from healthcare consortiums of doctors and dentists, schools and academies to factories, offices, leisure centres and gyms, corporate buildings, supermarkets, shops and restaurants.
There have been record 40% growth levels each year from 2013, placing Airmaster among the group of companies recognised as the driving force of the impact and future sustainability of the Sheffield City Region in relation to industry expertise, people, employment, technology and innovation.
In 2016 Lisa Pogson became joint MD of Airmaster recognising her performance, loyalty and commitment for almost 25 years. Back in 1992, Lisa started as Airmaster’s part-time book- keeper alongside her accounts role at Sheffield Hallam University, when turnover was just £80k. Now it is around £12 million, Lisa is regularly called on to share knowledge within the industry and to the community through appearances on BBC and local radio promoting Rotherham, the opportunities and benefits of the STEM sector and engaging with other businesses.
In 2016 she was appointed as the first elected female President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, is a board-member of their Women in Business group and rare female Freeman of The Cutlers Company, and regularly attends meetings, locally and across the UK, to representative the wider business community and be their voice for change.
“It’s all a far cry from my early working life which started in GT News when I was 14”, Lisa remembers. “I scraped 5 O levels in what was then a poorly-performing school. Maths- which is funny considering I am in accounts now- and English entirely down to my two outstanding and beloved English teachers who were behind me all the way. I became a youth trainee office administrator at an architect’s design practice where I was privileged to work with an amazing office manager. At 23 I decided to improve my education by studying Accounts and Business and Finance at college. Another inspiring teacher pushed me through to Masters level. At 30, this formerly ‘under-achieving’ 16 year old school leaver had gained an MSc degree in Resources Management from the University of Hull.”
Her background inspires Lisa to actively promote development, employability and opportunities for women UK-wide. Since 2016 she has mentored and worked closely with 80 people while fulfilling her roles as trustee of literacy charity Grimm & Co, judging for WorkWise Y9 Students, on Longley Park Career Ready College Board, Rotherham College Enterprise Network Advisor and a STEM Ambassador.
Lisa is part of the SisterHood project at a local Rotherham primary school and set up work placements for students resulting in at least two people going onto University. Lisa has also helped crowd-fund for a young STEM student needing money for a bursary.
The whole Airmaster team are motivated by Lisa’s example as tireless fundraisers for a range of local good causes.