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Churchill Medal Winners 2020 and 2021

The Churchill Medal Award (CMA) is the most prestigious award for engineering and innovation in the Armed Forces and MOD and is awarded every year on behalf of the Joint Professional Engineering Institutions.

This year we hosted the CMA alongside the PEI Defence Lecture 2021 in partnership with the RAF and DSTL.

Due to COVID 19 we were unable to hold a ceremony in 2020 so this year we presented the medals to our 2020 and 2021 CMA winners.

The 2020 Churchill Medal Award was won by British Army Training Unit Suffield Workshop (BATUS) – Electronic Support Group for developing a solution to a serious fault with the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) pannier cover that has allowed the ingress of water into the T2 for eight years, with debris and dirt rendering them, at times, unusable.

In just four months a modification that will save BATUS 250 man-hours a year, and £200,000 of spares and material was devised.

The 2021 Churchill Medal Award was won by Captain Fionidi Parker (REME) and Captain Ian Taylor (REME) for their stunning work during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Employed within the UK Government’s Test and Trace Programme, they delivered a world-leading rapidly deployable capability that supports UK Local Authority COVID-19 mass testing.

Captain Parker and Captain Taylor were tasked to design and build a mobile processing laboratory prototype that delivered an organic sample processing capability for Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) to be used in the COVID-19 outbreak response.

In just 30 days they designed and built a proven working COVID-19 mobile processing laboratory.

Both winners thoroughly deserved their awards which were presented by current IET President Sir Julian Young.

Over 250 people watched and attended this year’s ceremony both physically and virtually, as we streamed the event for the first time ever via Microsoft teams. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.

We thank all those who attended the ceremony, the evening was a huge success, and we are delighted and honoured to have hosted this prestigious award ceremony and dinner.

We send our sincere congratulations to all of our finalists and winners from both 2020 and 2021.

The Churchill Medal is awarded jointly by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) and the British Computer Society (BCS).