Salute the Winners!

Posted on 19/09/2016 by IED

No doubt you’ve heard the brand names: Post-It, Scotchgard, Nexcare, Filtrete. And, among many more, they are all illustrious brands owned by 3M, who played host to the IED’s Annual and Extraordinary General meetings, plus annual Awards, on 9 July.

During the Annual General Meeting, members voted to accept the annual report and financial accounts for 2015 and the Chair, Dr Tania Humphries-Smith, spoke about plans for the forthcoming twelve months, focusing on the new professional registration grade of Registered Product Designer (RProdDes), developed to compliment the Chartership for Product Designers (CTPD), to be launched later in 2016.

Dr Humphries-Smith also announced that work will commence on the investigation of a ‘new’ HQ for the Institution, launching the ‘£70 for 70 years’ appeal, to raise funds for the first steps. Watch the journal for more details in the forthcoming months.

The Extraordinary General Meeting focused on the members approving the annual subscription rates for 2017 and the matter of the proposed change to the Membership grade structure within the Institution, as previously mentioned in the journal, on the website, in e-bulletins and by letter to each individual member in June.

There was some discussion regarding the representation of design and designers within the IED, and the need to maintain a focus on standards, especially when welcoming new types of designers into the IED family.

The formal business of the AGM and EGM having drawn to a close, all members and guests proceeded to lunch and the presentation of the annual IED awards.


And now… it’s time to reveal the awards winners!


Gerald Frewer Memorial Trophy: Sebastian Conran

Industrial designer Sebastian Conran leads product design studio Sebastian Conran Associates and is also designer in residence at University of Sheffield’s Science & Engineering faculty. Sebastian is a 'closet inventor’ and also keen advocate of design process and creative thinking being used to address more general issues. His approach is both playful and pragmatic, enjoying the thoughtful transformation of science,technology and engineering into user experience, consumer lifestyle and social culture. It is for his outstanding contributions to design that Sebastian is awarded with the ‘Inspire, Support and Achieve’ Award for 2016.


The Geoff Kirk Young Members Award: Cara O’Sullivan GradIED

Cara joined the IED as a student member during her time at Brunel University where she gained a BA(Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology with Professional Practice. She went on to set up her own company, designing innovative healthcare products. Her company was the first to be designated a place at London’s new hardware incubator at the Central Research Laboratory. Cara has been proactive as an ambassador for design, mentoring students and encouraging the next generation to take an interest in design by organising workshops at STEM events such as The Big Bang Fair and assisting schools with extracurricular design activities. She is also a founding member of the IED’s Graduate and Young Members group.


The Alex Moulton Award: Gordon McConnell

Gordon has enjoyed an illustrious career –including chief engineer at British Aerospace, responsible for the Jetstream 41 development programme, and then technical director, British Aerospace Jetstream Aircraft, in charge of engineering for all the Jetstream turboprop family. In 1997, he joined Airbus in Toulouse as chief engineer for their Twin Aisle Aircraft. He was responsible for directing the engineering development and continuing support of the A300, A310, A330 and A340 aircraft programmes. In 2004, he became senior vice president, engineering at Airbus Filton, leading the Engineering Integration Centre for wings, landing gears and fuel systems. In 2007, he returned to Toulouse to lead the engineering of the new Airbus A350XWB long range aircraft family as SVP and Chief Engineer. Gordon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of West of Scotland in 2008. He received the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Gold Medal in 2014 for work of an outstanding nature in aerospace.


The Kathbert Trophy: Alun Thomas BEng CEng MIED

Alun grew up in South Africa and completed his Bachelor of Engineering Degree at Stellenbosch University, just outside Cape Town. He moved to the UK to join Unico System International as a junior engineer, later taking on the position of technical director following a management buyout. He was deeply involved in Renewable Energy System Design and introduced the firm to PLC control systems, enabling various technologies to talk to each other. From there, he joined the Nuaire Group (UK’s leading fan manufacturer) as a senior engineer. He developed Nuaire’s first compact Thermal Wheel (an Energy Recovery Product) and championed the successful introduction of Bespoke Air Handling Units (AHUs) – a multi-million pound product line to date, developed with fellow MIED member Andrew Craig. Now business operations director, during the last year he has managed to find some time to complete his CEng registration through the MIED.


Honorary Fellow: Pete Lomas HonFIED

Pete studied Electronic Engineering at Bolton Institute of Technology, unleashing his passion for the integration of computing into real-world devices and a love of building all-things-electronic focused his future career path. Degrees in Computer Science and an MSc at Manchester University helped spark his passion for teaching and sharing ideas, leading him to take up a permanent lecturing post at Manchester. Various business ventures then saw him establish Norcott Technologies, today a leading UK provider of electronic design and contract manufacturing services in the UK. In 2008, his zeal for education resurfaced at a meeting in Cambridge with a group of like-minded individuals who together went on to create the Raspberry Pi Foundation – and the low-cost Raspberry Pi Linux computer. Lomas was responsible for the design and physical implementation of this diminutive single board computer and, in 2013, he was the recipient of the Alex Moulton Award from the IED for his contribution.

In just four years, Raspberry Pi has gone from being a small-scale educational project to a worldwide phenomenon, with sales of over 8 million units, and is now the UK’s best-selling ‘home grown’ personal computer.


Hornsby Cup: Brian Wall BA(Hons) MA

Editor of the IED journal, Brian Wall was awarded the cup for his article ‘The Landmine Terminator’, published in the March/April 2015 issue and voted best article of 2015. This award is voted for by the members of the Editorial Committee and it is the first time it has been won on successive years by the same author.


Medal of Appreciation: Linda Meaton DipRSA IfL MIED

From avid trumpet player, playing with various bands and orchestras, to five years in the Woman’s Royal Air Force as a musician, Linda has embraced life – and a career in engineering design. She was also determined to be at the forefront of the Computer Aided Design era, attending Brunel College of Art and Technology, studying CAD (using AutoCAD). It was whilst working as a CAD tutor at the City of Bristol College that Linda applied for and achieved membership of the Institution. She has been a very active member, lending her expertise to the Membership Committee, Editorial Committee and, since 2002, Council, from which Linda has now retired.


Medal of Appreciation: Stuart McGuigan BSc PhD CEng FIED

After a student apprenticeship with the Birmingham Small Arms Group (BSA), Stuart obtained a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering at Aston University, followed later by a doctorate for his work concerning the flow and bulk handling of fluidised solids and the design of systems to exploit this technology. In 1973, he was appointed to the academic staff of the Royal Military College of Science (RMCS) – now a faculty of Cranfield University – and was director of engineering design in the Engineering Systems Department until his retirement in 2009. Stuart joined the IED in 1985, becoming a Fellow in 1988. He has been a very active member, sitting on Council until 2000 and becoming a member of the Membership Committee in 2001, from which he retired this year.


Medal of Appreciation: Neil Phelps IEng MIED

Neil has been a member of the IED since 2005, joining and registering as an Incorporated Engineer when he was working as a manager in product design standards at AWE. He holds a TEC Higher Certificate in Production Engineering and started his career as a design draughtsman at FJ Edwards in Chard.

He moved to work at the (then) AWRE in Aldermaston as professional technology officer in 1981 and still works for the organisation today. An active member of the IED for some years and Member of Council since 2014, Neil assists with education and training, taking particular interest in technicians and apprenticeship level qualifications and registration.


Medal of Appreciation: Ian Treacy BA MSc IEng MIED MIET

Engineering Commodity lead at Rolls-Royce, Ian joined the IED in 1987, while working as a principal technical officer for British Rail Engineering, the organisation he joined upon leaving school. In 1992, he became ‘Local Representative’ of the IED for his region, one of the first to do so within the then newly introduced scheme. Since 2003, Ian has served as the Regional Co-ordinator representative on Council, providing the essential link between the administration of the Institution and his colleagues on the frontline.

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