Former LLWR apprentice Beth McKee has won the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network (YGN) Excellence Prize and her colleague, Gill Hale, has landed the prestigious Walker Award, ahead of competition from across the NDA estate.
Project Controls Technician Beth, who joined LLWR almost 4 years ago, knew she had been shortlisted but did not expect to pick up her award at a special dinner in Leeds. The 22-year old was rewarded for organising a number of talks for YGN members with senior members of the nuclear industry. She said:
I was more shocked than anything, but I was chuffed.
I had been pleased just to be nominated. I’m told other companies are now tagging on to our idea and organising their own events.
The YGN is the young members’ branch of the Nuclear Institute and currently consists of over 660 members, providing a platform for networking, education and career development.
Gill was nominated for her honour by her boss Tom Crowe, LLWR’s Head of Procurement, who had been impressed with her work on the Business Services Marketplace (BSM), a dynamic way of purchasing that levels the playing field for small and local businesses, making it easier for smaller enterprises to interact directly with organisations in the NDA estate.
Gill missed the award ceremony in Manchester, where the prize was presented, due to a prior commitment so colleague Victoria Kay accepted it on her behalf. Gill said:
I would have liked to be there, as it was a really high-profile award, but it wasn’t to be.
Victoria has supported me on BSM, so it was a team effort. BSM has been a success, and the award is recognition of all the hard work that has gone into it.