BP, Baker Hughes and Spirit Energy are among those that have made the shortlist for AFBE-UK Scotland’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
The ceremony is currently due to take place in person at Aberdeen’s Ardoe House Hotel in April next year, with Colette Cohen OBE, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, delivering the keynote speech.
There will be four awards up for grabs with three nominations in each; Young BME Professional of the Year, Company of the Year, Outstanding Mentor of the Year and BME Leader of the Year.
In addition to those, a further Special Appreciation Award will be given to an individual for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Aberdeen-based social enterprise AFBE-UK Scotland aims to encourage and support aspiring engineers, specifically those from black and minority ethnic background.
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.
AFBE-UK Scotland is part of London-based AFBE-UK, which was formed in 2007.
Dr Ollie Folayan, chairman of the organisation, said: “There has been a high standard of entries which made it tough to choose an outright winner for each category.
“Everyone has done an incredible job this year, especially during these uncertain times. We are thoroughly looking forward to celebrating diversity and inclusion success stories in the energy and engineering sectors.”
The list of categories and nominees is as follows:
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
- Spirit Energy
- Baker Hughes
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