Charlotte joined EEF over 5 years ago and has since risen through the organisation to her current role of Regional Director. She’s also in charge of designing and delivering a programme of regional events which enable members to network, share best practice and learn from experts.

Forward Ladies managing director, Griselda Togobo, said: “The programme to showcase role models and inspirational leadership is in its ninth year and we are once again delighted to highlight the best women-led businesses and male agents of change, championing diversity in their respective regions.

Whilst we have clearly made progress over the years, little advancement has been made in bringing diversity to leadership roles. By working together: employers, the government, support networks and the women ourselves, we can bridge the gap quicker – achieving diversity is not an option, it is necessary for our competitiveness as a nation.”

Charlotte Horobin, region director for the Midlands & East, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win this award and to be recognised nationally. I truly enjoy my role as I get to visit and promote the manufacturing sector across the Midlands and East of England, which is incredibly captivating and important for the region.

“On a daily basis I visit manufacturers that play important roles in both their local areas and across the globe. I can’t think of a similar role whereby I can visit a pie manufacturer in the morning, a highly complex engine creator in the afternoon and top it off by visiting a maker of composite materials towards the end of the day.

“EEF has allowed me to flourish through both a structured mentoring programme and support from colleagues across the wider business. To win personal recognition like this is thrilling.”