31-year-old Kay who is an Army Ammunition Technician with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of ammunition, surveillance, repair and disposal, was presented with the prestigious award at the IET Achievement Awards in central London last night.
She is one of the British Army’s most highly skilled bomb disposal experts and has conducted bomb disposal operations in hostile environments; most notably in Afghanistan and as a recent Weapons Intelligence role in Iraq. She leads the Advanced Counter IED team at the Defence’s Explosives, Munitions and Search School. A keen promoter of Science Technology Engineering and Maths in the workplace, she actively seeks to inspire future generations into STEM trades within the military.
On winning, she said: “Promoting the ammunition technician trade means a great deal to me and I am thankful to the IET for inviting us to these awards. It is great to receive recognition for my work.”
The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.
IET President Dr Peter Bonfield OBE said: “This is a fantastic achievement and Kay should be very proud to win this award amongst strong competition in her category.
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Armed Forces Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their roles. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to those they work for and with.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
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