Health Leadership Award sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland
Winner: DSM Nutritional Products, Dalry
DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials. DSM Dalry has innovatively worked on improving health and well-being knowledge with their staff and contractors. This has been achieved by involvement in various events, whilst providing opportunities to improve health at the same time. DSM has recognised great benefits from their work and are continuously working on further improvements.
INEOS Responsible Care Award
Winner: LyondellBasell, Carrington
LyondellBasell at Carrington has strived over many years to build an excellent safety culture onsite with employees, contractors, suppliers and customers. This has been achieved through the development of programmes and initiatives which have led to and ensured the maintenance of operational excellence, HSE compliance, world class HSE performance and a moral responsibility in all activities that could potentially impact upon the surrounding community.
Reputation Award sponsored by Chemicals Northwest
Winner: BASF, Bradford
BASF Kids’ Lab is a unique learning opportunity for children aged 9-11. 60 STEM trained volunteers run the lab, positively promoting science and the site, bringing together employees with the local community. After visiting, participants pass on the fantastic work carried out to family members and friends – BASF’s neighbours. This enables the company to build positive relationships, important in an emergency or crisis situation, therefore protecting their license to operate.
Skills Award sponsored by Cogent Skills
Winner: GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage
A two-part, modular yet complementary training approach with external validation, robust assessment, and recognised qualifications (Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and an MPhil or PhD) was initiated and developed. These provide graduate chemists with the skills and experience to compete for senior positions and thereby provide return on investment regarding training and development provided. Through this programme, GSK is the first and only pharmaceutical company recognised as a provider of higher education.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Dr Stan Higgins, NEPIC
In 2003, Stan established NEPIC as a cluster organisation in North East England. Fourteen years on and through the delivery of industry growth strategies, NEPIC has grown into one of the UK’s key industry-led, economic cluster bodies. NEPIC have recently reported contributing more than £3 billion of GVA to the North East & UK economy and helping deliver more than 80 industry investments totalling £4 billion and securing some 4,900 jobs.
In 2014, Stan was honoured by the European Commission and awarded EU Cluster Manager of Year – a position he will hold until 2016. Through Stan’s leadership, NEPIC also became the first UK Cluster body to receive European Union accreditation and only one of 40 European Cluster organisations to be accredited against EU Gold Standard for Cluster Management Excellence.
Prior to his time at NEPIC, Stan enjoyed Directorship positions at a number of fine chemical companies including Eastman Chemicals, Laporte Fine Chemicals and James Robinson Limited.
A keen writer, Stan regularly features in business and technical magazines on topics relating to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, including Cluster management and economic development.