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I remember chatting to now long-departed Anglo director Leslie Boyd about the steel industry, and the old-world Scotsman said that he loved it, because it was such a man’s industry.

Despite some progress, steel, the rest of manufacturing and the rest of business remain a male-dominated preserve. So it is always refreshing and encouraging to chat to Philippa Rodseth, an impressive, witty, feminine and far from intimidating woman — who would nonetheless have had Leslie Boyd for breakfast. Fortunately for her, she had me for lunch instead...

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