Press release

Churchill Medal awarded to MoD Corporal

29 November 2016

Corporal Bernard Donoghue has been named winner of the Joint Professional Engineering Institutions Churchill Medal Award ceremony.

The award recognises a team or individual for outstanding achievements and contributions to engineering and technical advancement in support of military operations. The winner was announced at a ceremony at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on Friday, 18 November 2016.

Corporal Bernard Donoghue was awarded the medal as a result of his work in the creation of one of the Ministry of Defence’s most important cyber capabilities. He led the development of a highly advanced cyber tool, used to correlate data to analyse cyber events on the myriad of IT systems across Defence. This capability is now fundamental to operational output in support of the UK Government’s mandate to defend its networks at home and abroad. He is at the vanguard of the planning, advising and procurement of this major cyber initiative, ensuring that it will become a force multiplying capability for defence and that it meets the challenge of modern cyber security operations head-on.

Corporal Bernard Donoghue said: “To have been awarded the Churchill Medal Award is an absolute honour, an honour I share with my colleagues at the Joint Cyber Unit Corsham. Receiving the award was a supremely proud moment, especially in the face of such fantastic engineering feats as those achieved by my fellow finalists.

“It was only made possible by working within such an exceptional team, for which I am extremely grateful. I would like to thank all those involved in making it a day I will certainly never forget.”

The medal was awarded jointly by the IET, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Royal Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Society of Operations Engineers.

BAE Systems generously sponsored the event and Sir Glenn Torpy GCB CBE DSO, BAE Systems’ Senior Military Advisor, presented the winner with the medal alongside Air Marshal Julian Young CEng FIET.

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To find out more about the Churchill Medal Award, please visit the IET website