Industry honours its high fliers
The Sembcorp Winning Quartet (L -R) Dean Mitchell (Young Achiever), George Ritchie (Lifetime Achievement Award), Katy Ramirez (Young Achiever) & Dean Carney (Apprentice of the Year, Manufacturing)
Individuals, schools and companies were honoured at the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) awards night at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield.
More than 450 leading industrialists gathered to see the prizes handed out and NEPIC Chairman Bob Coxon told them that there was optimism for the future despite difficult times.
He said: "Our industry is always rejuvenating itself and inevitably sometimes there are regrettable closures. I can tell you these have been outweighed by many new investments - in the last four years there have been eight closures but this has been countered by 32 new investments, acquisitions and reinvestments.
"The Coalition government has publicly stated their support for these growth areas but we will need industry’s support to make sure that they understand the role of NEPIC, in bringing investment to the region."
The winners were:
Cleveland Scientific Institute - Apprentice of the Year 2010
Supply Chain - Gareth Powell, Assistant Cost Engineer/Project Controller, Aker Solutions - winning £1000
Manufacturing - Dean Carney, Apprentice Process Technician (TVPT), Sembcorp - winning £1000
Redhall Engineering Five Young Achievers 2010
Biotechnology - Uyi Uwagboe, MSD Biologics, Billingham - winning £1000
Pharmaceuticals - Mhairi Anderson, COVANCE, Alnwick - winning £1000
Commodity, Petrochemicals & Energy - Katy Ramirez, Sembcorp, Wilton - winning £1000
Fine & Speciality Materials - Dr Keri McCall PETEC, @ CPI, Sedgefield - winning £1000
Supply Chain & Support Services - Dean Mitchell, Sembcorp, Wilton - winning £1000
BOC Environmental Awards 2010 - Primary School Award - winning £2000 each
Startforth Morritt Memorial CofE Primary School, Barnard Castle
Springwell Village Primary School, Gateshead
BOC Environmental Awards 2010 - Secondary School Award - winning £2000
Framwellgate School, Durham
BOC Environmental Awards 2010 - Post 16 School Award - winning £2000
SRC Bede 6th Form College, Billingham
BOC Environmental Awards 2010 - Industrial Award
Merck Sharp & Dohme, Cramlington
CPI Innovation Award 2010
Shasun Pharma Solutions, Dudley Cramlington
NEPIC Manufacturing Sustainability Award 2010
Cleveland Biotech, Stockton on Tees
Teesside University Outstanding Contribution Award 2010
George Ritchie, Sembcorp Utilities, Senior Vice President for HR/IT & Industrial Park Services.