From left to right: Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi, Dr Anne Adams, Troup Bywaters + Anders represented by Caitlin Stuart and Claire Oliver, Institute of Physics represented by Jessica Rowson, Curiosity Box represented by Renee Watson, Asel Sartbaeva, Amy Mercer, AVEVA represented by Clare Bye, Amelia Gould, Terry Sandham.
Winners and Shortlist
WISE Toy Award – sponsored by Thales
WINNER The Curiosity Box
Judges comments: Extremely inspiring product made by a company with a fantastic ethos behind it. 53% of subscribers are girls and the product is completely gender neutral as well as good value for money.
WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award – sponsored by AVEVA
WINNER Troup Bywater + Anders
Judges comments: This programme is truly integrated into the business and has had a positive impact on apprentices and on the whole workforce. Apprentices have a very clear sense of themselves with a route right up to partnership and ownership.
WISE Talent Award – sponsored by AWE
WINNER Institute of Physics
Judges comments: The judges selected this winner because of the robust research and evidence presented, and the resulting action plan to create tangible change. The findings and data will be valuable to everyone in the WISE network and apply to all businesses, from small to large across the whole industry sector.
WISE Employer Award – sponsored by BAM Nutall
Judges comments: The judges wish to acknowledge the rapid acceleration demonstrated in this nomination and the genuine desire of the company to change and create momentum. The ripple effect can be witnessed in the organisation who are sharing learning and best practice with their Indian teams teaching the rest of the organisation.
WISE World Award – sponsored by Babcock International
WINNER Dr Asel Sartbaeva
Judges comments: The winner has overcome a difficult cultural background to receive a degree from Cambridge University and begin inspiring research into vaccines with clear vision and focus.
WISE Technology & Engineering in Health Award – sponsored by Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England
WINNER Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi
Judges comments: An inspiring candidate integrating her passion for tech with her profession, forging her own path as a clinical entrepreneur.
WISE Tech Innovation Award – sponsored by Goldman Sachs
WINNER Dr Anne Adams
Judges comments: An enthusiastic winner who has seen a gap in training and supporting using accessible technology using simulations and creative videos to address issues within the police force and schools.
WISE Man Award – sponsored by MBDA
WINNER Terry Sandham
Judges comments: This candidate stood out because of his passionate and tailored approach to increasing gender diversity in addition to enhancing his local community.
WISE Woman in Industry Award – sponsored by Rolls-Royce PLC
WINNER Amelia Gould
Judges comments: A confident but understated courageous woman drawn to engineering by a love of space. She’s dedicated to bringing the most out of other people while her life story alone shows courage, ambition and is more than anyone would expect to achieve.
WISE One to Watch Award – sponsored by Intel
WINNER Amy Mercer
This Award was decided on the night at the awards ceremony by a ‘live’ audience vote. The finalists took part in a question and answer session and made their pitch before guests voted on the WISE Awards app!