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IET Achievement Awards

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Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards

The winner in each category was revealed at the 2019 IET Achievement Awards Ceremony.


2019 Apprentice Award

Thomas Sutherland  


Thomas Sutherland recently completed his Technical Apprenticeship with Leonardo and now works on the Eurofighter Typhoon Radar integrating current and next-gen systems. To date, he has received multiple performance awards for his work and was named the Leonardo Apprentice of the Year in 2018. After senior management identified both his technical and leadership talents, he secured sponsorship for University and was placed on a bespoke development plan accelerating him to engineering leadership roles. Thomas has been involved in over 25 individual STEM events and is the current Treasurer and Co-Chair for the IET Scotland South East Young Professionals Committee.

George Arnall  

George Arnall is a third year Apprentice at Siemens Rail Automation in Ashby-de-la-Zouch where he is training to become a Software Engineer. During his time in the company he has worked on flagship projects such as Crossrail and HS2. More recently, he has become the linchpin of the research and development team and has presented future technology to the Siemens Mobility’s executive management team. George is a great ambassador, regularly attending STEM events to encourage the next generation into engineering.

Jessica Domer  

Jessica Domer is a third year Apprentice at NIE Networks. Jessica contributes to the construction, maintenance and refurbishment of the distribution and transmission electricity network across Northern Ireland. She has recently attained a Level 3 BTEC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Level 2 and 3 Vocational Qualifications in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Overhead Lines). Jessica proactively promotes outreach programmes for NIE networks and has supported various initiatives throughout her apprenticeship promoting STEM and women in Engineering. She appeared in the BBC “Make it” programme promoting apprenticeships and was awarded the NIE Networks Apprentice Ambassador in November 2018.

2019 Technician Award

Jonathan Potter  


Jonathan Potter is a Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician at the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source. Jonathan is solely responsible for the technical maintenance and development of a demanding science laboratory that performs world class, cutting-edge research experiments. Jonathan’s dedication and enquiring nature have led to many valuable innovations on the beamline, including bespoke high-pressure gas delivery systems and the introduction of 3D printing to fabricate bespoke one-off components. Although never formally trained as a Scientist, Jonathan has been a lead author on a published scientific paper and co-author on ten other papers.

Harry Sherwood  

Harry Sherwood TMIET is a systems technician for Leonardo. Harry completed a 4-year technical apprenticeship with the company, where he gained work experience in different areas of the business, including Printed Circuit Board Design, Systems Integration, Sales and Marketing, Trade Compliance, Trials and Demonstrations, Quality Assurance, Support and Production. He also completed his HNC and HND. Since joining Leonardo Harry has taken a leading role in organising and attending many of the company’s events to inspire the next generation into engineering. Harry is currently studying for a BSc in Engineering with Management whilst continuing his work on new technological projects that protect aircrews and ensure the safety of aircraft around the world.

Andy White  

Andy White MIET manages the Technical Support Services Group within the Department of Electronic Engineering, at the University of York. With 36 years’ experience of the higher education sector, Andy splits his time between developing and mentoring staff, promoting engineering, giving advice and guidance to improve the group’s engineering capability and acting as lead in technical support for research groups. He specialises in project management and the design and development of large and complex electronic, electrical and mechanical systems.

2019 Armed Forces Technician Award

Kay Howells  


Warrant Officer class 2 (WO2) Kay Howells is an Army Ammunition Technician with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of ammunition, surveillance, repair and disposal. She is one of the British Army’s most highly skilled bomb disposal experts and has conducted bomb disposal operations in hostile environments; most notably in Afghanistan and has recently returned from a Weapons Intelligence role in Iraq. She leads the Advanced Counter IED team at the Defence’s Explosives, Munitions and Search School. A keen promoter of Science Technology Engineering and Maths in the work place, she actively seeks to inspire future generations into STEM trades within the military.

Henry Breed  

Warrant Officer class 1 (WO1) Henry Breed is the Artificer Sergeant Major for 1 Field Electronics Platoon at 5 Battalion Force Support Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He led the in-depth repair of the BOWMAN Radio Communications Systems in 1 Field Company and all Electronic Countermeasures Measures equipment repair for the entire field force of the British Army. Upon recognising a shortfall in trade development for the Electronic Technicians trade group, WO1 Breed used his own initiative to develop a training program which culminated in the creation of a bespoke training syllabus to further the engineering development of junior soldiers.

Andrew Mawhinney  

Sapper (Spr) Andrew Mawhinney is an electrician for 521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Water Development). He is responsible for installing electrical systems in remote locations around the world for controlling and managing those electrical items which support deep water wells and water treatment systems. Spr Mawhinney was deployed to Bahrain as a Military Engineer (Electrician) Class 2 supporting the team tasked with redesigning and implementing changes to make the existing water infrastructure potable for 500 UK military personnel. His technical input to the task was fundamental to ensuring success. He is also involved in STEM, having taking part in various Year of Engineering events and representing the Army in a STEM project with Nottinghamshire’s Local Authority.

Mark McDonald  

Chief Technician (Chf Tech) Mark McDonald EngTech is an RAF Mechanical Aircraft Technician employed as the Rectification Controller on Number 1(Fighter) Squadron, who operate the Typhoon FGR4 combat aircraft. Chf Tech McDonald is a Typhoon subject matter expert responsible for the accurate planning, control and coordination of aircraft rectification in support of Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North and global operations. Most recently, deployed on Op SHADER, he used his experience and unparalleled knowledge to advise and assist at all levels. In doing so he leads by exceptional example, inspiring others to pursue the engineering profession through his mentorship, drive and passion for STEM.