Hannah Shearman, Business Support Manager, joins the Ashwoods Electric Motors team from Air Marketing Group in Exeter, and is tasked with ensuring the overall smooth running of the office as well as acting as PA to our Board of Directors. Her day-to-day tasks are wide ranging and the spectrum of jobs undertaken is best described by Hannah as “akin to a great big rainbow”.

Hannah was at Air Marketing Group for 18 months and oversaw rapid growth (from nine staff to over fifty) and a move of offices. Having previously worked in the public sector for 18 years, firstly for Devon County Council and then for Healthwatch Devon, Hannah’s move to Air gave her the opportunity to be free from the constraint of any established structure and make the Business Support role her own, as she was the first in post.

This provided invaluable experience with her move to Ashwoods Electric Motors, as managing rapid growth, new staff and time management duties for senior management, are all essential as production ramps up at Innovation Valley!

When asked ‘Why Ashwoods?’ Hannah points to a gut feeling that it just felt right, and it signalled a return to her roots of being a Personal Assistant – being that one person to keep things running smoothly and successfully organise people.

“I actually applied for the job while sitting on an inflatable flamingo! I was on holiday in Menorca for my birthday and thought it was a perfect match whilst offering that new challenge.”

With fundraising being a key theme at Innovation Valley, Hannah, along with our HR Manager, Emma, plays a critical role in the organisation and implementation of charity events.

Outside of the office, Hannah is kept busy by son Jake, 10. Along with her partner Chris, all three enjoy family time swimming, going on bike rides, walks and looking forward to their yearly holidays which can be anywhere from Cornwall to Australia!

Welcome to the team, Hannah!