The 2012 WISE Awards in association with Amey, is a celebration of the considerable female talent that we, the UK, have in science, engineering, technology and the built environment.
Congratulations to our eight winners who have all made a significant difference to the success and contribution of technology, science, engineering and the built environment – sectors that are critical to the UK’s economic growth potential. We applaud their achievements.
In four award categories, the judges decided to Award commendations to a nominee who they felt also deserved recognition for the outstanding work that they do.
CEO Charter Champion
SPONSORED BY EADS
Winner: Nick Langdon, Card Geotechnics Ltd
The WISE Advisor Award
SPONSORED BY ARUP
Winner: Helen Heggie, STEMFirst Ltd
Highly Commended: Sonya Chan, Robogals
WISE Diversity Award
SPONSORED BY INTEL CORPORATION
Winner: Dr Gordon Mizner, Engineering Development Trust
Highly Commended: ARUP
Arup are commended for corporate leadership of the diversity agenda. The judges were impressed by the systematic approach taken within the company, led by the board, with clear measures of progress made.
WISE Excellence Award
SPONSORED BY THALES
Winner: Jia-Yan-Gu, BT
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
SPONSORED BY ImechE
Winner: Fiona Marshall, Heptares Therapeutics Ltd
Highly Commended: Naomi Chayen
Naomi is commended for breakthrough research into crystallisation. She has secured a patent for a product named after her, Naomi’s Nucleant, attracting worldwide interest from industry as well as academia.
Leadership and Inspiration
SPONSORED BY THE BBC
Winner: Angela Brady, Royal Institute of British Architects
Communication and Outreach
SPONSORED BY STFC
Winner: Maggie Philbin, TeenTech and BBC Reporter
Highly Commended: Lorelly Wilson
Lorelly is commended for her creative approach to getting people excited about science, particularly chemistry. As well as going into schools, she takes the message into pubs and to other groups such as the Women’s Institute.
Lifetime Achievement Award
SPONSORED BY MICROSOFT
Winner: Belinda Swain, Rolls Royce
Highly Commended: Dr Sally Montgomery
Dr Sally Montgomery is commended a lifelong commitment to science communication, as founder and former director of W5, an interactive discovery centre in Northern Ireland which attracted a quarter of million visitors last year.
“I would like to congratulate the winners and all those shortlisted; to thank our sponsors and to everyone who supports the WISE campaign as role models, champions and corporate partners. If we harness the energy and passion of everyone in this room today, we can and will make significant progress towards a vision that will benefit all stakeholders in the UK – a tipping point of 30% of the UK STEM workforce being female.”
Trudy Norris-Grey, Chair of WISE
With special thanks to the sponsors of the 2012 WISE Awards: