Our first speaker is . . .

Karen Friendship – Managing Director, Aldermans

Formed in 1969 Alderman Tooling remains a family owned business. It provides precision metalwork solutions to all industry sectors including marine, retail, IT and other industrial organisations. Their capabilities include a full service from press tool design to parts production and sheet metal work, including CNC punching, laser and plasma profiling. They also undertake all types of welding including stainless steel and aluminium; spot and stud welding and brazing.
They also provide a range of products and services from pressed metal components through to complete retail systems involving stainless, plated and painted display fixtures.

Karen strengths were the STEM subjects at school and is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Bristol University. She was invited to join the family business in 1998 (daughter of founder Bill Alderman) and she now runs a 50 strong workforce from their factory in Plymouth and is passionate about training and the nurturing of future skills in the engineering sector.

As a STEM Ambassador and Chair of a couple of male dominated Manufacturing Networks, Karen is no stranger to the world of manufacturing, metal-bashing and generally being in the minority!


About girlgeeksplymouth

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. (Sarah Blow, www.girlgeekdinners.com) View all posts by girlgeeksplymouth

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