Debbie Heald, the Managing Director of security manufacturer Heald Ltd, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to STEM and Export.
Heald Ltd, who manufacture hostile vehicle mitigation systems, protect some of the worlds most high profile locations including embassies, airports and shopping areas with their award-winning road blockers and bollards.
Founded in 1987 by Debbie’s partner, Rod Heald as an agricultural engineering business Debbie purchased a 50% stake in the business in 1994. The couple then launched its first line of security barriers into the market and has not looked back since, developing at least one new product each year and recently adding electronic security solutions to its range.
Debbie has been instrumental in the international growth of the business exploring new markets and opportunities while Rod is responsible for product innovation. The company now exports almost 70% of its products overseas and is currently enjoying success in the USA market.
Over the years Debbie and the business have been recognised in a number of industry and business awards including the Institute of Director Awards where Debbie was named the regional Family Business Director of the Year 2017. Other award success includes UK Export Excellence Awards, Northern Power Women and Northern Powerhouse Awards.
Debbie also undertakes a voluntary role as Director and Treasurer of the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA), an industry body comprising of members of the security industry.
The principal aim of the PSSA is the promotion of the interests of professional companies involved in the design, supply, and installation of external perimeter protection products and services that provide the highest levels of protection against terrorist or criminal attack
Commenting on her award Debbie Heald said: “It is a complete shock but an absolute honour to be awarded an MBE and I would like to extend my appreciation to all the team at Heald, our distributors and customers throughout the world who have been instrumental in the success of the business. I would also like to thank my partner Rod and our daughters for their continued patience and support.”