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Matthew Foyle IEng MIET wins the 2018 Baroness Platt of Writtle Award

Congratulations to Matthew Foyle IEng MIET who has won the 2018 Baroness Platt of Writtle Award and was presented with a medal, certificate and prize money of £1,000 for his achievements after being nominated by the IET.

In 2017 over 30,000 engineers successfully achieved IEng status and Matthew is an excellent role model for career progression from apprentice technician to Incorporated Engineer. While working full time, he has completed not only an ONC, HNC and HND, but has progressed to obtain a 1st Class Honours degree in Professional Engineering from Aston University and is currently studying for a Masters.

Matthew is responsible for mechanical and electrical design for Wessex Water and was recently appointed Project Manager with responsibility for multiple projects of up to £16 million.

Matthew is an advocate for introducing new technology to his organisation, including championing the development of 3D CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM). He is proactive in encouraging school and college leavers to pursue a career in engineering and has helped to develop his employer’s mechanical and electrical (M&E) apprenticeship recruitment programme, driving closer links between Wessex Water and the IET.

On receiving the award, Matthew said: “I am delighted to have won the Baroness Platt of Writtle award. My career in the water industry has always been both exciting and challenging and it is an honour to have my achievements recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Worshipful Company of Engineers. I would like to thank my family and colleagues for all their support and I will continue to share my enthusiasm for engineering with young people and encourage them to follow this extremely rewarding career.”

Peter Blair-Fish, Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Engineers explained: “The award is one of many made each year by the Engineers Trust, which is the Charitable Trust Fund of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. This award is for Incorporated Engineers of all disciplines. This year saw an exciting spread of nominees working in a variety of industries from highways, water, cranes, electrical services, health services, defence and works in Antarctica.”

Alasdair Coates, CEO of the Engineering Council, added: “I would like to congratulate Matthew this year’s worthy winner of this prestigious award and an outstanding IEng registrant. The Engineering Council would like to thank the Engineers Trust for recognising both the essential contribution of Incorporated Engineers make to all sectors of the engineering profession and these individuals through this award.”

For more information about this year's winner and runner up, please read this news release. For more details about the Baroness Platt of Writtle Award, please visit the Engineers Trust website.

Matthew Foyle receiving the Baroness Platt of Writtle Award from Lady (Belinda) Gadsden (widow of Sir Peter Gadsden, founder Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers) and Professor David Johnson, Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.  Photograph courtesy of Mark Whitter Photography.

Matthew Foyle receiving the Baroness Platt of Writtle Award from Lady (Belinda) Gadsden (widow of Sir Peter Gadsden, founder Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers) and Professor David Johnson, Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. Photograph courtesy of Mark Whitter Photography.