Adam, 37 from Torpoint, Cornwall joined the Royal Navy in 2001. He was selected for the Fast-track Artificer Apprenticeship scheme and consistently impressive performances through basic training secured him in the top 10%.
He demonstrated strong technical acumen and exacting standards particularly during skill of hand training, leading to him being awarded Craftsman of the Year.
Since then, he has been employed in a broad range of areas within the Fleet Air Arm in both the maritime and land-based domains. He has embarked as a Senior Technician on a Merlin Small Ship’s Flight and has also been deployed operationally on Op HERRICK and Op ELLAMY.
In 2019 he was awarded an ACNS(A&CS) 2* commendation for support to an urgent Chinook repair task. He is currently employed as an Airframe Repair Designer and deployed in support of Op NEWCOMBE.
On winning, Adam said: “It was a real honour to be nominated and I cannot believe I have won, receiving this news whilst deployed made it even more special. Having my efforts formally recognised is very humbling and has only been possible due to the support of my family.
I now look forward to continuing my professional development and achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer."
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, Air Marshal Sir Julian Young, said: “Chief Petty Officer Finch has shown dedication and drive to achieve early on in his career, a reflection shown in the accolades and quick progression he has made within the Royal Navy. He should be very proud of his achievements.”
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Armed Forces Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge throughout 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 their Service - I wish everyone the best of luck for a long and fulfilling engineering career.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
Find out more about the Achievement Awards: www.theiet.org/achievement.