Skip to content

ONR interim Chair wins prestigious engineering honour

Dame Judith Hackitt, the interim Chair of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), is set to receive one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s most prestigious awards.

Recognising her longstanding contribution to the academy's work, Dame Judith will be presented with the President’s Medal at the academy's awards dinner in London next Tuesday (9 July).

This honour is an endorsement of Dame Judith's efforts on topics including ethical practice, safety culture and promoting careers in engineering.

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010, currently serving as a trustee of the Academy, and is a chemical engineer with decades of experience in the chemicals manufacturing industry.

Dame Judith said: “I am honoured to receive this award. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to contribute to the work of the academy in its drive to build talent and diversity, innovation and sustainability into the engineering profession for the benefit of society.

“I am proud to be an engineer and to have been able to make a difference personally and through working with others.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Dame Judith has made enormous contributions to chemical and systems engineering and to engineering safety over many years.

"She has served the country as Chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive and has an unrivalled record of service to society through her advocacy for the process and manufacturing industries, her holistic approach to culture change and to the promotion of the engineering profession.”