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IET Volunteer Medal 


A new Achievement Medal for major and outstanding contributions voluntarily given to furthering the aims of the IET was awarded for the first time in 2015.  This award recognises the importance of volunteers to the IET in its mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community.

The winner was announced at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony on 16 November 2016 at The Brewery, London.


Volunteering contributions that would constitute outstanding achievement might include:

  • Insight in development of new initiatives to achieve IET aims
  • Successfully adapting initiatives to work in a specific context or region
  • Leadership shown in development and growth of IET initiatives
  • Being an exceptional ambassador in engaging or recruiting a large number of new supporters, stakeholders or members
  • Influencing other stakeholders to engage in IET initiatives
  • Inspiring others by creating and sharing successful new practice. 


Basic criteria for nominations

  • The award is open to all individuals who have been engaged in an IET volunteering role for at least one year
  • Nominees are normally expected to be over the age of 35
  • It is not essential for nominees to be IET members
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted


Assessment criteria

This Achievement Medal is for an individual who has made major and distinguished contribution(s) to the IET in one or more volunteering activities, specifically for outstanding achievement and/or innovation in leading and delivering activities that further the IET’s aims.

The individual must have:

  • Made contributions that significantly increase/improve delivery ofanactivitycurrentlywithinthescopeofIET strategy – e.g. (as at 2015) growth of recruitment and retention of young professionals, increasing engagement, demonstrating relevance, collaborating to promote professionalism, developing partnerships, innovating knowledge solutions and excellence in delivery.  Impact of contributions might be demonstrated through:
    • Growth and reach, e.g. contribution to a KPI such as membership recruitment or public engagement, or increased global reach of a product or service.
    • Influence, e.g. increased recognition of the IET amongst the public, profession or other stakeholders (including governments).
    • Innovation, e.g. achievement of a strategically important outcome such as development of new knowledge or other products, creation or expansion through starting a new sector/network (local or technical), or building major new partnerships.
    • Excellence in delivery, e.g. development of new ways of working that significantly improve internal processes/ways of working, customer service or efficiency in product/service delivery, or creates positive culture change.
    • Inspiring and supporting others, e.g. exceptional delivery of products and services that impacts on the lives of others, encouraging and helping them to achieve in the engineering profession.
  • Shown insight or leadership that has directly resulted in the identified outcome.
  • Demonstrated one or more elements of the IET’s mission – e.g. their contribution should be inspirational, informative or influential.
  • Exemplified the IET’s values and behaviours – e.g. integrity, excellence and teamwork. 



A medal and certificate will be awarded to the winner, and certificates to the two runners-up. There will be no monetary award.  A short-list of three nominees will be released prior to the awards ceremony with the winner being announced at the IET Achievement Awards ceremony.

The Paul Fletcher medal is also presented annually to a young professional volunteer for outstanding achievement in contributing to the activities of the IET.

2017 winner

Image of Xenophon Christodoulou

Mr Xenophon Christodoulou BEng MSc DIC CEng FIET, Managing Director at Synergy Rail is the 2017 winner of the IET Achievement Medal for Volunteering. Mr Christodoulou established the IET Central London Local Network at Savoy Place 14 years ago and remains an active volunteer to this day. Mr Christodoulou is currently the Chairman of the IET London Network and has held various roles, including Chairman of the Central London Section , Treasurer and events' organiser as well as he being a committee member in the volunteer's national council, CC-UK, between 2013 and 2016. Embracing the values of the Institution, he has led the London Local Network's growth, which now accounts for 6 local branches, covering the geographical area of Greater London and organising more than 50 events annually. Through his proactive approach, he has raised awareness of the IET amongst Young Engineers, but also the wider audience in London, increasing attendance to IET organised events and inspiring engineers to become volunteers of the Institution.


2016 winner

Image of Dr Ian Belgar BSc(Hons) CEng FIET   Dr Ian Belger is currently active as a Professional Review Interviewer and Professional Registration Advisor for the IET Mersey and Western Cheshire Network and is also a Member of the IET Volunteer Support Working Party, chairing three IET Registration & Standards Conferences. Ian has played a pivotal role in supporting the Big Bang Science fairs since they began in 2009, encouraging Sellafield Ltd sponsorship and acting as a judge for Big Bang North West. He has also served as Chair of the Mersey and Western Cheshire Network and was the Chair at the 2016 IET Registration & Standards Conference.


2015 winner

Image of Gordon Dixon   Eur Ing Gordon Dixon’s passion for local networks of the IEE (now the IET) led to his guiding their restructuring in the UK and then overseeing the finances of all networks worldwide. Most recently, he has driven the renewal of the fourth largest IET network globally (Solent) as Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster. After eight years in a Professional Registration Advisory role, Gordon assisted with the creation of the Mentoring Service. Gordon served on three international CAD conference committees and on the Members Board and Council as a trustee. He was engaged in computer hardware development with IBM and has been a trustee of a small charity.

Key dates


Nominations close on 18 May 2018, 17:00 (BST)


IET Achievement Awards:
14 November 2018, 13:00 (GMT)

Submit an online nomination

2018 online submission form


Related links

Candidate criteria guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medals leaflet (PDF)

IET Medal for Volunteering fact sheet  (PDF)