Stellar judging panel announced for ninth annual collaborate to innovate awards

The Engineer magazine’s annual celebration of engineering collaboration will be judged by some of the UK’s most celebrated and highly regarded engineers.

A stellar lineup of judges is set to evaluate entries to The Engineer’s ninth annual Collaborate to Innovate Awards competition, the publication’s annual search for the UK’s most innovative collaborative engineering projects, which is now open for entries. 

Highlighting the event’s commitment to recognising excellence across a range of sectors, this year’s panel boasts a diverse range of expertise including engineer, astrophysicist and TV presenter Professor Danielle George CBE ; aerospace sector veteran and director of aerospace at Cranfield University Professor Sir Iain Gray CBE; and celebrated space engineer Abbie Hutty, formerly of Airbus and now Lead Systems Engineer at lunar exploration company ispace Europe in Luxembourg.

Joining them are Dr Andy Lawrence, head of engineering at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); Rebecca Everitt, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Engineering UK and Gareth D Jones, Group Engineering Director at the global aerospace and defence giant BAE Systems.  

Commenting on this year’s panel The Engineer’s editor and C2I Judging chair Jon Excell said:  "We are honoured to have such an esteemed group of judges lined up for this year's awards. Each judge brings a unique perspective and their collective experience and high regard in the engineering community ensure that the competition will be judged with the utmost rigour and fairness.”

The Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) awards was established over eight years ago to uncover and celebrate great examples of engineering collaboration, both between different businesses and academic groups.

Celebrating projects across most of engineering’s key application areas (from energy and healthcare to automotive and aerospace) the C2I awards is supported by EPSRC and Engineering UK, and sponsored by a number of leading industry names,

The deadline for entries for this year’s competition is Friday 6th September 2024 and all shortlisted finalists will be invited to special winners’ party at One Great George Street, Westminster, London on Thursday, February 27th, 2025. Shortlisted and winning entries are also covered extensively in The Engineer.

Learn more about this year’s competition – which is free to enter - at our awards website.