Female lead brings family firm full circle

l-r: Ross Williamson, John Horsthuis, Janna Horsthuis and Matty Mathieson-Nelson

Robinson's appoints new Chair and MD

Island food retailer and wholesaler Robinson's has announced a new boardroom line-up, offering fresh opportunities to steer the business into the future.

Among changes in force from today (11 Sept), Janna Horsthuis becomes managing director, a move which sees the family firm pass through the female side for the third time in its five generation history. 

Matty Mathieson-Nelson takes on the group operational director's role, while Ross Williamson is appointed retail director. John Horsthuis is chairman. 

The MD's remit spans strategy, customer relations, HR and oversight of investment in new technology and delivery systems. 

Janna's appointment continues a tradition of female leadership at the company, founded with a market stall in 1886 by Mary Robinson.

It now employs 175 people, providing food and floral products in the Isle of Man and UK.  

Describing the appointment as an "absolute honour" Janna Horsthuis said:  "Working in a male-dominated industry gave me the drive to prove I was more than capable of taking care of all areas of the business, so this is a very personal achievement. One of my goals now is to encourage more women to see potential career opportunities in the industry."   

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