The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) and the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) have announced the winners of the Gas Industry Awards 2019.

This year’s champions were presented with their certificates and trophies by television presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham at London’s Park Lane Hilton. There were 10 categories of award followed by two special awards.

The winning individuals and organisations were:

  • Manager of the Year sponsored by Radius Systems - Carly Gilchrist, Fulcrum Pipelines
  • Engineer of the Year sponsored by British Gas - Jonathan Strain, Firmus Energy
  • Young Person’s Achievement Award sponsored by Towngas - Ben Kuchta, Quantic Corporation
  • Leadership Award sponsored by SGN - Jane Haswell, Pipeline Integrity Engineers
  • Safety Award sponsored by the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) - National Grid Grain LNG for Breaking Safety Records
  • Customer Service Award sponsored by Penspen - Wales & West Utilities and Morrison Utility Services
  • Innovation Award sponsored by Rayden Engineering - Sustainable Vehicle Auxiliary Power System by Cadent in collaboration with Bri-Stor Systems and Perpetual V2G Systems
  • Product of the Year sponsored by Morrison Utility Services - VSRT Vertical Steam Boiler by Fulton
  • Project of the Year - H21 by Northern Gas Networks in collaboration with Cadent, SGN, Wales & West Utilities, DNV GL and the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL)
  • Company of the Year sponsored by Wales & West Utilities - SGN
  • Special Recognition Award - Mike Foster, EUA
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Chris Train

The judges decided that Mike was worthy of receiving the Special Recognition Award for his tireless campaigning on behalf of the gas industry.  

Of the Outstanding Achievement Award, the judges said: “Chris is an engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the energy sector. He has been at the centre of several fundamental changes to the way the UK’s gas network is structured and operates. Throughout his career he has provided strong leadership and worked tirelessly for the benefit of the sector and to keep customers safe and warm.”

Helen Bray, President of the EUA, said: “What a great opportunity for us all to learn from innovative ideas and leaders across the industry. The awards have inspired me to think about how the winning concepts could be applied in different contexts.”