Willbond director wins Woman of Substance award

Lisa Jepson, director at Nottingham independent plumbers merchant Willbond has been recognised as a ‘Woman of Substance’ to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Willbond director wins Woman of Substance award

Jepson, who is director of Willbond’s bathroom centres, received her award at a special ceremony at Nottingham Council House.

Earlier in the year, Nottingham launched a search to find 100 inspiring women who have overcome professional or personal barriers, worked selflessly to improve their community or made a lasting impact on Nottingham in some other way.

Over 150 nominations were received and a judging panel shortlisted this to the final 100.

Jepson was nominated by Willbond md Tony Hogg, in recognition of her successful career path. She joined Willbond in 1985 as a receptionist before moving into bathroom. When she returned to work after maternity leave she was promoted to showroom manager where she led a makeover of the business, including a new corporate identity.

Jepson was appointed to the board in 2008 and is now responsible for 25 staff and a £4m turnover.

She said: “It was amazing to be nominated and I felt very humble to meet the other women at the celebratory event and hear their inspirational stories and backgrounds.”

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