UKRC awards evening recognises achievement of women and businesses

Posted May 9th 2011, 10:05 in UKRC

Seven women were named as outstanding at the UKRC's annual Women of Outstanding Achievement photographic award on 5 May, at a packed evening event at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The judges, headed by Lord Phil Willis, praised the winners and the very high calibre of nominations. There was also praise for the UKRC, with many speakers stressing the need for our work.

The striking images can be viewed on the Guardian website and information about the winners, sponsors, speakers is available on the UKRC website, along with photos of the UKRC awards evening on Flickr.

A Lifetime Achievement award was granted to eminent physicist Professor Dame Athene Donald. On her blog, Athene reflects on the event and on the importance of creating powerful portraits of powerful women to help to redress the balance of images that the average person may encounter. "There can be no denying the visual impact of these photographs," Athene writes.

At the event, Miles Templeman, Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors, presented the UKRC CEO Charter to four recent signatories:

  • Rockwell Collins UK Limited – accepted by Steve Barnham, MD
  • Astins – accepted by Harinder Kaur
  • GlaxoSmithKline – accepted by Jo Hardy
  • Centrica – accepted by Anne Minto
  • He also presented the Science and Technology Facilities Council with our SET Fair Standard, an independently assessed award which gives public recognition for excellence in gender equality in SET sectors.

    "This was an exciting and important evening," said UKRC Director Annette Williams. "It is vital that we celebrate and make visible the considerable achievement of women in science, engineering and technology. At the same time, the commitment of employers and organisations to gender equality is also key. At the UKRC we work with many businesses to help them achieve change and benefit from equality and diversity, and we were proud to showcase the achievement of some of these organisations."

    The event was sponsored by Amey, Intel, the University of Northampton, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institute of Physics, Synergy Vision and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

    "Our thanks go to everyone who came, everyone who nominated women, everyone who helped or supported us and in particular our sponsors who all joined us to mark the occasion," said Annette Williams.

    Businesses and organisations wanting to find out more about the CEO Charter and SET Fair Standard can contact the UKRC: