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UKNEST people celebrate multiple success at Maritime UK Awards (13 November 2020)

UKNEST is celebrating as two team members were recognised at the Maritime UK Awards 2020 last night [12 November]. Eirini Trivyza, a Senior Naval Architect at Babcock and leader of UKNEST’s FutureNEST group was named Maritime Professional of the Year, whilst Natalie Desty collected the Diversity Award for UKNEST’s hugely successful STEM Returners programme.

The awards highlighted the hard work, dedication and vision shared by Eirini, Natalie and UKNEST to inspire a future-ready maritime workforce. Eirini’s FutureNEST programme and enthusiasm for STEM has seen her host countless exciting, interactive engagements across the UK, culminating in an impressive UKNEST event on board the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier as she docked in Liverpool earlier this year. With an action packed programme showcasing UKNEST member companies and keynote speakers including Jeremy Quin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, thousands of pupils flocked to the ship to take part in games, live demos and listen to engaging seminars.

Hot off her win, Eirini said: “I am overly excited for this recognition from my peers and I send my warmest congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Both UKNEST and Babcock International have been pivotal in all the work I have undertaken in supporting and promoting the UK Maritime community and especially the naval sector. This achievement for me truly shows the power of whole force approach and our dedication to ensuring the maritime power of this nation. The award will act as strong wind under our wings to continue with even more enthusiasm all our activities in the future.”

UKNEST’s STEM Returners programme is an exciting concept, which was initially supported by BAE Systems and Babcock before being picked up nationwide. It enables those who have taken a career break or worked in a different industry to return or transfer their knowledge to the maritime industry. Especially popular with women who have taken career breaks to raise their families, it provides a rewarding journey back to the workforce.

Adding to this, Natalie commented: “I am absolutely delighted that STEM Returners has been recognised on such an important stage.  The programme, created within UKNEST, has now returned over 80 engineers to their former careers within the UKNEST enterprise, of these 46% of returning engineers have been female (against an engineering average of 8%) and 28% BAME (against an engineering average of 6%). This recognition gives us the confidence to continue to grow and develop on this success.”

Celebrating both Eirini and Natalie’s contributions, Chair of UKNEST, Muir Macdonald, said: "We're all very proud indeed of Eirini and Natalie and their awesome achievements. We always knew they were doing a fabulous job and now the whole UK Maritime Community does! The pursuit of professionalism and diversity are at the core of what UKNEST champions, so we're delighted to be associated with this very important recognition that's important for our winners, important for UKNEST and important for the wonderful Naval and Maritime Enterprise we are a part of. My thanks to all at Maritime UK for a super event in promoting the health of our community and also congratulations to all other winners and runners up - a show of how impressive our maritime nation really is."

These awards and the dedication of Eirini, Natalie and everyone involved in UKNEST prove that there is a bright future ahead for the maritime industry.

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.

March 8, 2020

UKNEST  organized a highly successful exhibition and presentations on-board the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales during her formal visit to Liverpool.  The event, on 2 March, was attended by over 2000 guests, both civilian and military, that included local school-children, students, apprentices, graduates, technical and design staff as well as senior executives from across […]