The Welding Institute Professional Awards 2013


Following on from the success of last year’s event, The Welding Institute’s Annual Dinner and Awards’ Presentation Ceremony took place last week at King’s College, Cambridge. The international occasion celebrated past, present and future engineers and technologists.

Over 200 guests from industry took their places in The Hall at King’s as The Welding Institute’s President, John Baxter, and TWI Associate Director of Professional Affairs, Chris Eady, opened the ceremonies. John Baxter thanked TWI for hosting the Dinner and continued the proceedings by offering his congratulations to the award winners, applauding their collective expertise, dedication, accuracy, rigour, professionalism and the influence of their work.

The 2013 Awards were as follows: (Background can be found here)

The Brooker Award (donated by Johnson Matthey plc): Shuili Gong

Bevan Braithwaite Award for Enterprise: Aamir Khalid

Leslie Lidstone Award: Jon Blackburn

Larke-Lillicrap Award: Jonathan Bowers and Edward Warren

Distinguished Service Awards: Max George, David Millar, Julio Tolaini

Honorary Fellowships: Robert Baker and David Widgery

TWI Commendation Award: Graham Slater

Richard Weck Award: Miles Weston and Channa Nagesewaran

The Welding Institute Branch Loyal Service Awards: Peter Boothby and Kevin Prosser (Northumbria Branch)

The race to embed new technologies in industry, and to light the way forward as these winners have done, was the theme of guest speaker Herman Hauser CBE.

The founder of Cambridge’s Acorn Computers spoke keenly of the wide-reaching ‘business’ of technology transfer and ensuring  that industry achieved success by getting products to market in time. He compared TWI’s own success in working with its industrial partners as the vision or ideal to which, for example, UK Catapult Centres might aspire.  

“Catapult Centres may achieve a 30% tie-in with industry, compared with TWI, which achieves 75%,” he said. “Technology is constantly advancing, speeding forward. We must make sure we take science breakthroughs and get them into industry as fast as possible . . . the companies putting technology transfer up front will be those who are fully prepared for the future.”

TWI Chief Executive , Christoph Wiesner, thanked Hermann Hauser for his address, and thanked everyone for attending – in particular the Professional and Industrial Members of The Welding Institute and TWI, along with their governing bodies and committees.

The Welding Institute Awards are awarded by the Council of The Welding Institute on an annual basis. For a nomination form, please contact or visit

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.  Classes of membership are matched to the requirements of 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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