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IET Achievement Awards Ceremony
Thursday 24 October 2019: IET London | Savoy Place

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IET Volunteer Medal


The 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 of the 2018 IET Volunteer Medal was revealed at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony. You can read about this year's shortlist below. 

2018 Volunteer Medal Winner And Finalists

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Mr John Harvey BSc (Eng) FIET for his dedication to the IET Solent Local Network. John has been a very dedicated and highly appreciated member over his long career as an IET volunteer. Firstly, joining his local network as a student in the South Midlands, before moving to the Solent Local Network where he held positions as Secretary and Chair. Whilst in the Solent LN he was responsible for organising 12 Faraday lectures, bringing in a total of 53,000 people including local school children. After he retired, John went on to become the Vice Chair, the Chair and, for the last 12 years, the Secretary of the Retired Members Section of the Solent Local Network, organising a very popular programme of lectures, regularly attracting over 100 members and non-members.

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Dr Colin Arthur BEng (Hons) MIET for his commitment to the IET through his volunteering roles within IET governance. Colin has been an extremely active volunteer since first engaging with the IET when competing in the IET’s Present Around The World (PATW) competition. Colin has since held positions on the UK Communities Committee, the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC), IET Council and the Knowledge Services Board and has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees. He has a detailed understanding of the issues the IET faces and an affinity with the grass roots volunteer which makes him an extraordinary advocate within the governance structure. While leading the CRC, Colin did a huge amount to help ensure that the work of IET communities was aligned to the IET strategy and measurable in its impact.

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Eur Ing Thomas Hlaing MEng CEng MIET for his commitment to the IET by embodying IET Values and showing strong leadership in encouraging others to do the same. Since first becoming an IET volunteer for the East Midlands Local Network in 2006, Tom has gone on to be part of the Manufacturing Technical Professional Network, the Young Professionals Forum, both the Communities and Home for Life Programmes, a member of the Volunteer Support Working Party, IET Council and of the Membership and Professional Development Board. He is also on the Board of Trustees, where he is the youngest ever Honorary Treasurer. Tom has gone over and above his duties to attend local network events, Young Professional events, meetings and conferences. His willingness to share his experiences has been an inspiration to many others.

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Mr Tan Eng Hwa MIET for successfully revamping and leading the Young Professional Singapore Network to remain relevant, and empowering and inspiring volunteers, leading by example and sharing his expertise with volunteers. Eng Hwa has actively volunteered since 2014, starting as committee member of the Young Professional Section before becoming the Vice Chair and then Chair. On top of this, he took on an additional role in the IET Singapore Main Committee, serving as an ordinary member before taking on the role of Treasurer. He has also recently taken on the role of Data Protection Officer. He organised the first Faraday Challenge in Singapore in 2015. The success of this event led to it being included as part of the government's Tech Saturday initiative in 2016 and it was further expanded in 2017.


2018 Key date


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


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List of Volunteer Medal winners