Inspirational Big Bang Fair volunteers recognised in award ceremony

Jun 29, 2018

Big Bang Fair Volunteers Awards

Thursday 7 June saw the inaugural Big Bang Fair Volunteer Awards, hosted by EngineeringUK in a celebratory ceremony at the IET Birmingham: Austin Court. The event took place as part of Volunteers Week 2018.

63 STEM professionals and student volunteers attended, including many from our corporate members National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail. All attendees had given up their time to volunteer at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair 2018, inspiring young people about the great STEM opportunities available and bringing their classroom learning to life.

EngineeringUK CEO Mark Titterington presided over the celebration which was organised by Volunteer Manager Elena Martin-Laguna. The guest speaker was IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Dr Ozak Esu.

Elena said: “It was a truly inspiring and successful event and an opportunity for EngineeringUK to personally recognise our STEM volunteers who went beyond and above to support our engagement programmes and our young people. It was very satisfying seeing our volunteers feeling proud and valued by an organisation that many of them have been supporting for years.”

Awards presented included The Outstanding Contribution Award presented to Dave Beaman from Network Rail, for his 10 years support to the Big Bang Competition, The Award for Special Achievement presented to Alex Richards from Network Rail for her team leader role and The Big Bang GEM Award (Going the Extra Mile) presented to Juan Vasquez Amaya from Rolls-Royce for his contribution to The Big Bang Fair across the 4 days.

A full list of awards presented is available on The Big Bang Fair website.

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