IET volunteers and staff attend prestigious ceremony.
IET volunteers and staff recently mingled with the upper echelons of the British Government to take part in the annual Civil Service Awards. The IET is the official sponsor of the Science, Engineering and Technology Civil Service Award, which recognises best practice in innovative use of technology in policy making or operations.
IET volunteers Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence and Simon Hart joined IET staff to take part in the ceremony inside the grand surroundings of Lancaster House in central London.
The event brought together hundreds of civil servants who had been short listed for a prize. Also in attendance were the head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake, the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Haywood, plus around twenty permanent secretaries from most of the major Government departments.
The IET-sponsored prize was scooped up by the Risk and Intelligence team at HM Revenue and Customs, headed up by Mike Wells.
After winning the award, Mike said: “It means a great deal to the hundreds of people involved in making the Connect system such a success that their efforts are now being recognised in this way. At a time of austerity when the Exchequer needs every penny it can get and when the vast majority of honest taxpayers rightly expect HMRC to crack down on the dishonest minority, the Connect system has really come into its own in linking up over a billion items of data from at least 26 different databases. This means that all sorts of previously hidden connections can be revealed at the touch of a button.”
Mike also thanked the IET for sponsoring the award and helping this vital piece of technology get the recognition it deserves.
IET volunteer Simon Hart said after the event: "It was great to be at an event that highlights the good work that the civil service has performed during the year, as we usually only hear about the civil service when there is a problem."
The IET head of policy Paul Davies said: “The IET is proud to support these awards that recognise the excellence that is to be found in the Civil Service. It is often said that science and engineering do not receive a high enough profile within government. The IET award gives scientists and engineers the opportunity to promote their achievements to senior officials and government ministers.”