Hundreds of people are to gather in Aberdeen next month to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the energy industry.
Among those to have made the shortlist for the AFBE-UK Scotland’s annual awards ceremony are Baker Hughes, Spirit Energy and BP.
The Diversity and Inclusion Awards will be held at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen, on Thursday, October 21.
Colette Cohen, chief executive at the Net Zero Technology Centre, is to deliver the keynote speech at the event.
The event was due to be held last year but was postponed due to Covid-19.
Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, said: “Everyone has done an incredible job, especially during these uncertain times. We are thoroughly looking forward to celebrating diversity and inclusion stories in the energy and engineering sectors.”
The full list of finalists are:
Young BME Professional of the Year
Vanessa Burton, assistant engineer at Mott MacDonald
Mimi-Isabella Nwosu, assistant materials engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine
Thaddeus Anim-Soumah, engineering manager, projects at Croda
Company of the Year
Outstanding Mentor of the Year
Dr Philip Enegela, materials & corrosion engineering SME at Ineos
Susan Grayson, director, resourcing, talent, D&I and L&D at Spirit Energy
Helen West, head of operational excellence at Thames Water
BME Leader of the Year
Dr Ibiye Iyalla, academic strategic lead at Robert Gordon University
Lydia Balogun Wilson, Clair Ridge operations support team lead at BP
Tony Fong, engineering manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
A further award will be given to an individual for their commitment to diversity and inclusion. The awards have been sponsored by Royal Air Force, Kellas Midstream, Petrofac, Enquest, BP, Leonardo, Spirit Energy, Shell, Schlumberger, Royal Academy of Engineering and IMRANDD.
Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland supports all young people, particularly those from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, with career aspirations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Over the years it has worked with thousands of pupils, students and graduates through online seminars and face-to-face events in both the north-east and Edinburgh.
The social enterprise is part of AFBE-UK, which is based in London and formed in 2007 with the Scottish branch launching four years later.