Bright spark Mandy plugs new Sheffield book celebrating female role models

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A woman electrician who has been flying the flag for female tradespeople is featuring in a new book.

Sheffield-based Mandy Reynolds, who runs her own business Mand Made, has been included in a new children’s book called Yes We Can, which is designed to show youngsters the job opportunities open to people of both sexes.

She has been immortalised in print with a caricature of herself created for the publication.

The book has been produced by Sheffield charity Women in Engineering, Science and Technology.

Mandy, aged 57, from Heeley, who won the national Which? Local Business of the Year Award in 2011, said: “WEST does excellent work to challenge the misconception that women and girls can’t do ‘men’s work’, so I’m delighted to support this book.

“It aims to create an acceptance of women doing non-traditional work in young children before they become influenced by stereotypes. I am walking, talking, proof a girl can have a career as an electrician.”

Liz Kettle, from WEST, said: “Sheffield has a proud history of excellent tradeswomen like Mandy and we’re chuffed to be able to celebrate them.”