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08 March 2022
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International Women’s Day
Georgia Pratt
Marketing Executive

March 2022 has already started with a historic moment, with world leaders, environment ministers and other representatives from 173 countries agreeing to develop a legally binding treaty to tackle plastic. In which this treaty has been described as the most important multilateral environmental deal since the Paris climate in 2015, in which this treaty intends to include the full lifecycle of plastic for production to disposal. The UN describe the advancing of gender equality in the context of the current climate crisis as one of the greatest challenges being faced in the 21st century.

Celebrating women in Crowcon

In an industry that has historically been male dominated, here at Crowcon, we are fortunate to have women in key positions throughout the organisation ranging in all levels of the organisation’s hierarchy. These are just some of the women who play an integral role in the success of Crowcon and help to tackle the effects of climate change.

Debbie Airey – Sales Manager Europe

Debbie is our UK Sales and Service Manager, providing a key role in building strategies for the European sales team. Beginning her career with Crowcon three and a half years ago she has enjoyed every single moment. Prior to that her main career path was held mainly within the industrial and liquid gas sector for Linde Gas UK where a ran the customer service team for UK and export gases, progressing to managing the Helium product. She believes that honesty and integrity are paramount when working with people and clients. Offering a solution in the face of a challenge is her daily objective and her advice is always “Never be afraid to ask why” and always challenge to strive for best practice. Within her time at Crowcon the team has grown considerably and continues to develop. She likes to have the right people on the bus, then figure out where the bus is going.

Debbie’s team, clients and colleagues provide her with new learnings every day so Job satisfaction is completely in abundance and working for a HALMA company means that she has a clear and achievable career path. Not only has she progressed within Crowcon, but she has had opportunities to be part of some amazing initiatives and projects including a global initiative for Diversity and Inclusivity.

Her private life is just as busy and you’ll often find her in the gym, in the pool, on the bike or completing a parkrun. Debbie is also the 1st woman in the world to complete the parkrun Alphabet challenge 3 times and is well on the way to the 4th and 5th. Debbie describes sport as a great way to help with her relaxation and mental health, but also loves the competition that it brings. Debbie volunteers at the junior parkrun on a Sunday morning which allows children the opportunity to join a running and social event. When there is any spare time left, she also supports the local “Waste Water Shepherds” and “Yate Clean up charity” where she helps investigate the water ways for debris, rubbish and contaminants entering the water.

“Working within a progressive business allows me the room to grow, working at Crowcon and specifically within HALMA offers me the environment to succeed and working with my team offers me a place to bring my true self to work every single day. It is with confidence that I can honestly say that we all save lives each day and I am proud to be part of this group.”

Anna Pulisciano – Operations Director

Anna is our Operations Director, who deals with global operations, strategic supplier relationships (key partners), manufacturing operations, transformation programmes and supply chain functions. Anna is key in contributing to the corporate strategy in the areas of production, purchase, distribution and supply chain to ensure that the company achieves its short and long-term objectives but plays a crucial role in directly overseeing operations staff to ensure that they are motivated and trained to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard.

Karen Zhao – Finance Controller

Karen joined Crowcon last April as Finance Controller with our team in China. Karen provides a key role in the finance of our Crowcon team in China. Allowing for the establishment of preparing financial reports, including balance sheets and income statements allowing for effective accounting function in the region. Karen also ensures that there is compliance with both regional and parent company policies and procedures. Another key role Karen is responsible for is that of providing business support to management and as well as other functions of the organisation.

Giovanna Trevizan Rocha – Test and Verification Technician

Giovanna joined us over 3 years ago as a Test and Verification Technician at Crowcon. Her responsibilities within this role include the performance of testing procedures to investigate issues and assure the functionality, integrity and robustness of new and existing Crowcon software and hardware products. Key tests include inspect, measure, analyse, audit, calibrate and test the instrumentation, equipment, machines, and procedures. As our instruments are key to ensuring the safety of workers and the environment around them are safe, these rigorous test and pre-tests are vital to our equipment.

“Working on engineering solutions that save people’s lives in a great work environment that promotes necessary values such as respect, diversity, and equal opportunities has been a great source of professional and personal fulfilment.”

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