Judges confirmed for Contribution to the Business Awards

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With only 3 weeks to go, the Contribution to the Business Awards is set to be another inspirational event held at The Royal Academy of Engineering, sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation, IET and Centrica.

The event will play host to talented finalists who have completed The Year in Industry (YINI) placement programme, as well as some of the most inspirational STEM leaders and businesses in the UK. As part of the event, the finalists will have their projects judged by a guest panel. Confirmed judges are below:

Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE - Nick has spent over 20 years in the IT industry; a Pro Chancellor and former chair of Governors of Plymouth University.  He chairs CFMS Ltd and holds a number of private sector executive and non-executive directorships in a variety of companies; he is on the board of two charitable trusts and on the board of Peninsula Community Health CIC. Holding a Dip RSA, he is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Systems Practitioner, Chartered Manager and a European Engineer. He was appointed an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to Innovation & Technology.

Ruth Mundy - Group Human Resources Director at Mouchel Group. Ruth joined Mouchel in September 2004 having worked for a number of organisations in senior HR positions.  Prior to that, she was UK HR Director for Jones Lang LaSalle. She also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as Head of HR for one of their consultancy business streams and has held positions with Coopers & Lybrand, the BBC and BP.

Yasmin Ali – Operations Engineer at E.ON. After studying Chemical Engineering at Nottingham University, Yasmin completed the two year E.ON Engineering and Leadership graduate scheme where she worked in coal and gas fired power stations in the UK as well as working on business expansion in Istanbul, Turkey. In March 2012, Yasmin joined E.ON Exploration and Production as an Operations Engineer, taking part in and leading a variety of projects for oil and gas assets in the North Sea (UK).

Paul Mitchell BSc (Hons) Civ Eng C. Eng MICE - Chairman of the EIC (Energy Industries Council). For the past twenty five years Paul has been an MD, Director and Senior Executive of major international contractors or SME specialists. Paul is a graduate of Southampton University and a Chartered Civil Engineer. He has extensive experience of the design and construction of major, multi-discipline projects in the industrial, commercial, infrastructure and power generation sectors.

Randall Smith – Market Analyst at Lloyd’s Register Group. Randall joined Lloyd’s Register Group in September 2009 as part of the marine graduate training scheme. With 4 years experience in technical roles including existing ship and new construction surveying, plan appraisal and statutory compliance. A Graduate of Cardiff University with a master in systems engineering.

On 18th September 2014, each judge will review the finalist’s project entries, which will demonstrate how they have made a ‘Contribution to the Business’ during their YINI placement. They will also review the supporting company manager’s letter and the regional finals judge reports. 

It is a fantastic way to celebrate those who really are making a difference in an Industry which is still showing a decline in numbers for future talent.

The Contribution to the Business Awards National Final provide an opportunity to see what the Year in Industry is about and witness real results and final outcomes of the programme, many of which have helped employers to gain financially and work towards creating a skilled future workforce.

We welcome businesses who are interested to attend, not only to celebrate the achievements of young industry hopefuls but also to see how The Year in Industry could make an impact within your own organisation. If you would like further information, please email Clare Hall c.hall@etrust.org.uk.

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