Anne Ashman: General Manager

As General Manager of MVIS Anne Ashman is the glue that binds everything together.  With a background in logistics and purchasing, Anne has played a pivotal role in MVIS’ growth from a start-up in 2010 to the UK’s leading supplier of innovative mobile and solar powered monitoring and visual information systems.  Here, she discusses her role, what her favourite projects have been and what the future holds for MVIS.


How long have you been with MVIS?
I joined MVIS on 5th September 2011.

Job role:
My job role consists of many different roles. I get involved in all areas of the business as I run the company on a daily basis to ensure we meet deadlines and give a top quality service. Some of the areas I work in are HR, accounts and invoicing, marketing, operations, sales, health and safety, environmental and quality.

I can be involved in many tasks on a daily basis and no two days are ever the same. I have regular meetings with our MD Pat Musgrave and liaise weekly with all three directors producing reports for them so they can make informed decisions within the company.

Recent projects:
For the last few months I have been working on the company obtaining ISO certification – ISO 9001 Quality and 14001 Environmental – and having an integrated management system. This has taken up many hours of my time but we’re certified now and that’s a fantastic achievement for the team and I. I’m now looking forward to starting on a new project.

How did you get into the industry:
Purely by chance – I saw an advert online about an ‘innovative up-coming company’ and it sounded interesting. I applied and got an interview (this was with the pervious company Colour Mobile VMS) which I got. The objective was to obtain the Olympic 2012 contract through TFL on the Olympic Route Network, which was a fantastic project for me to start with. I started as the office manager and implemented the systems that were lacking in a new startup company. Our MD’s other company P&D Specialists won the contract, and Colour Mobile VMS delivered it with them. On the back of this, MVIS was formed in 2012. I stayed as office manager for a further year and was then promoted to general manager. I had already being doing the role so the transition between roles was easy. I have now been GM for just over three years and my knowledge in all areas has rapidly increased. I often enroll on further training courses to ensure my knowledge is up-to-date.

Most fulfilling part of your role:
The part of my job I enjoy the most is operations and marketing. I love overseeing large operational projects with the whole team and making sure it is overseen from start to finish so we deliver a quality product and service. I also like planning trade shows, as my role is to plan the whole show from start to finish and ensure it runs smoothly.

More about me:
When I am not at work I spend time with my family. I am currently 4.5 years in to an OU degree and I also enjoy running.