A company director has joined the upper echelons of an influential and exclusive manufacturing organisation - the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.
After being accepted as a freeman in 2014, Jane Robinson has now been elected to the position of member of the company, which elevates her to the organisation’s governing body.
Jane, a director of Barnsley-based laser firm Cutting Technologies, is just one of four women who make up the 33-strong Company of Cutlers governing body.
The 44-year-old was formally installed as a member on Tuesday during the master cutler’s installation ceremony at Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall and Sheffield Cathedral.
As part of her role as assistant, responsibilities include assisting the master and former chairman of specialist tool company G & J Hall Richard Evans in ensuring the company is well run and is effective.
Jane said she was looking forward to her role and added: “It is a huge honour to be chosen to represent the interests of the Sheffield City Region’s outstanding manufacturing community.
“The proud heritage of the Company is remarkable and its members and freemen embody the excellence in manufacturing in our region.”
The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary act of incorporation in 1624 and for more than 400 years it has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufacturing.
The act gave the company control over the organisation of the cutlery industry in Sheffield and surrounding areas.
It operated to monitor and control apprenticeships, register Freemen and ensure the quality of goods manufactured.