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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.


2017 Volunteer Medal winner and finalists

Image of Xenophon Christodoulou   Winner - Mr Xenophon Christodoulou BEng MSc DIC CEng FIET, Managing Director at Synergy Rail, for his work with the IET London Network. 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.
Image of Jolyon Caplin   Finalist - Mr Jolyon Peter Caplin BSc MSc MIET, for his work with STEM education. Mr Caplin is a Senior Lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic; he is known for his competency and innovation in STEM education. His novel and engaging approach has inspired many prospective engineers throughout his three-decade tenure. He has been an extremely responsible IET volunteer, entrusted with many important roles in the later years—Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Deputy Chairman and eventually Chairman in 2012. This year, the members of IET Singapore voted him again to be Chairman. Mr Caplin has demonstrated terrific dedication to the IET in his almost 40 year long career, he makes IET Singapore a lively and vibrant community that continues to attract more young engineers to join.
Image of Vui Kien Liau   Finalist - Dr Vui Kien Liau CEng MIET, for encouraging and inspiring young people in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and beyond to become engineers and to join the IET. He has successfully implemented innovative ways to engage young people with the use of videos and social media, and to promote collaborations of the IET with universities, industry and government-linked organizations. The Documentary “The story of IET PSB Academy On Campus” demonstrated the insights of his leaderships in creating positive culture change in the IET network, which resulted in the OC winning the global IET On Campus Group of the Year Award. He is currently the faculty advisors for both IET PSB Academy OC (Singapore) and IET Chindwin OC (Myanmar), and had successfully attracted more than 100 young people to join the IET within 1 year. He looks forward to assisting IET Singapore LN committee as soon as possible. Dr Liau is an extremely dedicated and proactive volunteer, he is the embodiment of the IET values, he humbly delivers his work with Integrity and Excellence and encourages Teamwork to ensure a bright and successful future for the IET and its volunteers in their region. He has played a pivotal role in organizing the first PATW national round in Myanmar with the involvement of Myanmar Engineering Society as judges. Prior to that, he has served two years as committee member of IET Malaysia LN.


2016 Volunteer Medal winner and finalists

Image of Dr Ian Belgar BSc(Hons) CEng FIET  

Winner - Dr Ian Belger BSc(Hons) CEng FIET

Ian was short-listed for his work supporting the IET in its professional registration work. He 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, reinvigorating its profile and contribution to the IET. As Chair of the recent IET Registration & Standards Conference, Ian was the anchor and held it together with his drive, enthusiasm and passion, ensuring the IET's One Team working ethics between volunteers and staff was highlighted and demonstrated.

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Finalist - Robin Cordell BSc(Hons) CEng FIET

Robin was short-listed for his various volunteering roles as a Professional Registration Advisor and Interviewer, industry representative and for STEM activities. For the last two years, Robin has been an important part of the Epsom After School STEM Club. He has been heavily involved in the design of at least two sessions and has also led sessions at an area of the Big Bang Fair South East. As a volunteer, Robin is a significant part of the Atkins Epsom Hub, making enormous contributions to its in-house STEM Club, the YES Programme, plus getting involved with Atkins at the Big Bang Fair and the IET Open House Events. He created a workshop for year 8-9 year olds to understand and design an electric motor. When talking to young people he is an incredibly good presenter and his enthusiasm for STEM is infectious.

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Finalist - Professor Erik Dagless BSc PhD CEng FIET

Erik's work in accreditation has ensured that the IET's accreditation process has a good reputation in the academic community and will improve the education of the next generation of engineers. Erik has conducted well over 40 accreditation visits, improving the quality of education for university departments and students both in the UK and overseas. Erik has been pivotal in developing IET's accreditation online system from initial specification through to its current version. He has been instrumental in developing IET accreditation policy through the Academic Accreditation Committee (AAC) and its working parties, authoring many guidance documents. He has promoted the IET position to the Engineering Council and other professional institutions as the IET representative. In addition, for many years, he has been the IET representative on the British Computer Society AAC, acting as a conduit for the exchange of good practice and policy updates.

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Finalist - Eur Ing Savvas Savvides MBA CEng FIET

Savvas’ outstanding leadership has raised the profile of IET membership and Engineering Council Professional Registration in Cyprus for over 26 years. A dedicated and successful volunteer, he has inspired and advised more than 1,000 engineers - almost 200 have already achieved IEng or CEng. In addition, through his continuing personal initiative and influence, he established effective collaboration between Cyprus’s Higher Technical Institute (upgraded to Cyprus University of Technology in 2007), UK Professional Engineering Institutions, and Cyprus Human Resource Development Authority, resulting in a very successful programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training of more than 5,000 Engineers and Technicians. Since 1998, he has also been at the heart of organising all 8 successful Mediterranean Power conferences, a joint collaboration between Cyprus, Hellas and Israel Local Network (LNs), with an overall attendance of more than 2,500 professionals.


2015 Volunteer Medal winner and finalists

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Winner - Eur Ing R (Gordon) Dixon BSc CEng FIET

Gordon’s passion for local networks of the Institution of Electrical Engineering (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.

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Finalist - Dr S C A Harrison BSc CEng FIET

Simon Harrison has spent his career with engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald, covering all aspects of power sector development globally including energy policy, thermal, renewable and nuclear generation, and transmission and distribution. He is currently Group Strategic Development Manager with a remit covering all built and social infrastructures.

He chairs the IET’s Energy Policy Panel, and the IET’s high profile initiative with the UK Government to ensure the effective systems engineering of the UK electricity system as it goes through major change to accommodate decarbonisation and new technology.

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Finalist - Mr J G P Scott BSc(Eng) CEng FIET

John Scott is an independent consultant whose experience includes electricity distribution, transmission and regulation. His previous roles include Director of Engineering for National Grid, Technical Director for Ofgem, and Director Network Innovation for KEMA Consulting. He is a member of the Smart Grid Forum, a Non Executive Director for Smarter Grid Solutions, and an active Fellow of The IET.

View Gordon Dixon's interview at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony 2015


2018 Key dates


Achievement Medal Nominations:
18 May 2018, 17:00 (BST)


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


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List of Volunteer Medal winners