2018 WISE Awards Winners Announced
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Meet the WISE Awards winners…
WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award sponsored by MBDA
Judges Said: The EDF Energy Programme is resilient and demonstrated strong leadership which deserved further recognition. All stages of the apprenticeship programme have been looked at closely with a continued pushing to improve and a focus on the lessons learnt.
WISE Career Award sponsored by AWE
Judges Said: The winning scheme is right on criteria with its focus on returners. Those working on the scheme have great vision to develop the scheme further in the future whilst already committing to demonstrating a big cultural change.
WISE Employer Award sponsored by AVEVA
Judges Said: Across the board, the winning organisation have approached the subject of inclusion, focusing on employee engagement and inclusion. Excellent progress has been demonstrated in a short space of time.
WISE One to Watch Award sponsored by Intel
Alexandra Lawson & Jessica Poole Mather
Judges Said: The judges could not come to a conclusion on “one to watch” as there were clearly “two to watch” that stood out as ultimate winners. The judges agreed that combining this dynamic duo with their unique individual strengths and passion would be a winning team for WISE and taking STEM initiatives to the next level as true ambassadors. Watch this space!
WISE Rising Star Award sponsored by Babcock International
Fritha Bevin McCrimmon, Stantec, Project Engineer
Judges Said: The winner of the Rising Star award has a community perspective and doesn’t just focus on engineering. She has a strong objective approach with a mix of education and corporate responsibility for children.
WISE Innovation Award sponsored by BAM Nuttall
Professor Yamni Nigam, Swansea University, Biomedical Science
Judges Said: Yamni was disheartened by the number of girls applying for STEM subjects and jobs and is working to influence the welsh curriculum with resource packs. She has developed a new antibiotic from maggot secretion at a crucial time and is a fantastic STEM ambassador.
WISE Technician Award sponsored by the Royal Air Force
Alison Dolling, University College London, Teaching Technician
Judges Said: Passionate, genuine and knowledgeable. Alison is honest about her challenges, not afraid of change and an authentic role model. ‘you don’t need to be top of the class’ and was brave enough to change her career direction to become a technician.
WISE Technology Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs
Chetna Arora, Plusnet, Domain/Development Manager
Judges Said: Chetna is an inspirational manager, who recognises the very practical aspects which need to change to encourage more women into Technology roles. She has an inspiring personal story, and has developed from a Software engineer to be not only a great manager but an ambassador and true role model in Technology.
WISE Man Award co-sponsored by EDF Energy and WISE
Alasdair Henderson, BAM Nuttall. People & Culture Director
Judges Said: Alasdair inspires others by acting and ‘doing’, driving the diversity agenda in a tough sector. He focuses on changing behaviour and attitude whilst being a construction industry leader. His approach is practical and joined up, he is an excellent role model to other men.
WISE Woman in Industry Award sponsored by Rolls-Royce PLC
Kate Hall, HS2, Design Director
Judges Said: Kate does a fantastic job to humanize the profession and deliver her 3 key messages – You can do it, the journey is important and make a difference. She believes she should pass on her passion, coach others and practice what you preach.