Shelforce production supervisor Maxine Ryder has been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award at the G23 Awards in recognition of the support she provides to her 28-strong team on the factory floor.

As well as being responsible for the production and dispatch of all the fabricator’s products, Maxine, who has worked at the Birmingham-based company for 15 years, looks after the pastoral care side of the operation. She manages and communicates with employees who have different needs, and she also supports the workforce outside of the factory in their daily lives whenever they need it.

Business manager Howard Trotter said: “Maxine is an inspiration to everyone here at Shelforce and she really does go above and beyond; she demonstrates real leadership and has a personal commitment to supporting the team which is why she excels in the role. She gets the best out of every individual and, thanks to her support, the team are extremely loyal to her. 

“It has always been about the team for Maxine, so this recognition by the G-Awards is fantastic for her and testament to the important role she plays with our team and in our success.”

Earlier this year, Maxine was also shortlisted for Woman of the Year at this year’s Women in Housing Awards 

Shelforce provides windows and doors, including fire doors, to local authority building projects. Contributing to a much greater agenda, however, is the company’s social vision, employing some of the city’s most vulnerable people, with 75% of its workforce having a disability.

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