Lesley Keets named Blackmore Vale Business Woman of the Year

Actisense COO Lesley Keets was recently named Blackmore Vale Business Woman of the Year at a ceremony celebrating the best businesses from across the south of the UK in the counties of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Keets was presented with the accolade in recognition of her personal contribution to the success of the specialist marine electronics company, which continues to grow and enter new markets around the world.

Lesley Keets

Lesley Keets

“Lesley has been a vital and passionate contributor to the success of Actisense for over a decade now, helping us achieve ever increasing sales and turnover targets,” says Phil Whitehurst, CEO of Actisense. “She’s also generated numerous new business opportunities at home and overseas. In our opinion, there is no one more deserving of this award. We are immensely proud of our COO and this latest accolade.”

Joining Actisense 11 years ago, Keets worked her way up from sales and marketing manager to being appointed chief operating officer in April 2015. This was a considerable achievement as she had no previous experience of the marine industry nor any formal STEM qualifications.

In the predominantly male-dominated maritime industry where only 2% of the workforce are female, Keets has developed an in-depth knowledge of Actisense products, increased sales, improved productivity and established relationships with international marine electronics organisations.

Alongside Keets’ Business Woman of the Year Award win, Actisense was a finalist in two other award categories at the Blackmore Vale Business Awards –  Large Company of the Year and Exporter of the Year.