The Welding Institute presents Annual Awards


The Welding Institute’s Annual Awards and Dinner took place on 1 July 2014 at King’s College, Cambridge, with over 200 invited guests from industry and academia.

The event began with an Awards Presentation Ceremony presided over by TWI Associate Director of Professional Affairs, Chris Eady, with invited presenters including The Welding Institute’s President, Bertil Pekkari, with Professor Sir Colin Humphries, Steve Beech, Richard Dolby OBE and Peter Bateman.

Awards were as follows:

The Brooker Award (donated by Johnson Matthey plc): Wayne Thomas

Bevan Braithwaite Award for Enterprise: Tom Palmer

Larke-Lillicrap Award: TAIWAN Friction Stir Welding Programme (Jonathan Martin, Mike Russell, John Matwiejew and Alex Robelou)

Distinguished Service Awards: David Fell, Julian French

TWI Commendation Award: Matthew Doré

Richard Weck Award: Chris Punshon

Richard Dolby Rolls-Royce Prize: Nicholas Brown

The Welding Institute Branch Loyal Service Awards: Stan Rowden (Manchester Branch), Neville Williams (South Wales Branch), Frank Fitzgerald (Teesside Branch)

SkillWeld Trophy 2013: Kurt Rogers

EWF Best European Welding Co-ordinator 2012: Alan Robinson


The Armourers & Brasiers’ Company Awards series, supporting education and innovation in metals and materials:

Technician of the Year: Scott Pearson and Anthony Smith

Best PhD Student: Juan Luis Ferrando Chacon

Best TWI/OU Foundation Degree Student: Craig Coppen

Best STEM Ambassador: Matthew Haslett

Recognising that the achievements of the award winners would not have been possible without teamwork, and in a year of business growth for the TWI group enabled through successful partnerships – particularly with the development of new facilities for the National Structural Integrity Research Centre in Cambridge, new laboratories in Port Talbot and Kuala Lumpur, and a strengthened professional association with The Armourers & Brasiers’ Company – guest speaker Robert Sorrell,  BP Vice President for Public Partnerships, focused on collaboration as the key to the advancement of materials sciences.

By bringing industry and academic research together we are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to apply leading edge science to the development of advanced materials for cross-sector exploitation.’

Dr Sorrell connected the role of materials with human development.  He spoke of modern-day innovation and exploitation in the use of steels to meet the challenges faced by different sectors from oil and gas to automotive to apply materials in ever more demanding environments.  Advances in modelling, characterisation and imaging are enabling new insights into materials performance under these challenging conditions.

TWI Chief Executive Christoph Wiesner thanked Dr Sorrell and the guests, notably the Professional Members of The Welding Institute, Industrial Members of TWI, academic partners and business associates, acknowledging their contributions during the evening and their role in the continued progress and success of the organisation.

The Welding Institute Awards are awarded by the Council of The Welding Institute on an annual basis. To read about the background to each award or for a nomination form, please visit our Awards page. The Armourers & Brasiers Company Awards series is a new, regular feature at this event.

For further information contact Chris Eady

About The Welding Institute

The Welding Institute is the leading professional engineering institution responsible for the professional registration and certification of welding and joining personnel worldwide.  It embraces a professional institution, a learned society, a certification body, a training organisation and a world renowned research and technology centre (TWI). 

As a Licensed Member of the Engineering Council, The Welding Institute has a responsibility to nominate and submit appropriately qualified candidates for registration as Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, or Engineering Technician.

The Welding Institute also fosters a deep-seated knowledge base in the development of occupational standards and vocational qualification.  As an influential lobbying group it offers authoritative guidance to statutory bodies like the British Standards Institution, the Engineering Council and even central government, charged with making the rules.

Professional Membership of The Welding Institute provides professional qualifications for engineers and technicians in welding and joining related activities. Grades of membership support registration with the UK Engineering Council and confer professional status on appropriately qualified individuals.  Assessment of experiential learning is provided via the Individual Route to registration.


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