Sanderson started the role – a newly-created position with a seat on the MTC board – on 8 January having held similar positions at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and Domino Printing Sciences.

Her career has also taken in retail giants Sainsbury’s, where she began on their graduate training scheme, and Tesco’s, where she worked in the company’s Management Development Centre developing training and development solutions for senior managers and directors.

Sanderson said: “I am really excited to be joining a rapidly expanding organisation that is full of people who are very creative and are working to ensure UK manufacturing is as efficient and effective as it possibly can be.

“The foundations of a successful business is putting people at the heart of the organisation. It is engaging those working there and planning for the expected growth it will have in the next few years.

“I will be looking to play a significant role in making sure everyone is engaged to meet the business plan, meet the needs of our customers and grow the organisation.”

She is also keen to promote and grow the number of women working in engineering.

“I hope that in my role I can play an active part in bringing in more female engineers to the MTC. I’ll be looking at ways to outreach, increase diversity and promote STEM, which I am passionate about.”

Sanderson is also on the EEF Eastern Regional Board; a board member of Cambridge Network and a governor at Culford School.