Branch Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following three Branch awards:
The Tony Lager Award


Award information

About the award: The Tony Lager Award was introduced in 1996 in honour of the late Tony Lager, who served the Institute for many years on head office and Branch committees, including Council. Tony passed away in July 1996. The award is for meritorious service to an Institute Branch by an individual.

Purpose: For meritorious service to an Institute Branch by an individual.

Details of the award: Framed certificate.

Eligibility: Any individual Institute member.

Nomination arrangements: Branches to nominate. Contributions to the Branch and other Institute activities should be described.

Committee:
MQ&E.


Past winners

2020 winner: Dr Mike Farley BSc PhD FInstNDT FInstEnergy

The Tony Lager Award for 2020 is awarded to Dr Mike Farley BSc PhD FInstNDT FInstEnergy.

Mike Farley’s non-destructive testing (NDT) career started as a result of his attending a meeting of the North East Branch of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), where a timely encounter with Russ Lumb led to a successful application to join the British Gas Engineering Research Station and put his knowledge of ultrasonics to good use.

He joined Babcock and Wilcox (later Doosan Babcock) in 1975 and attended his first meeting of the Scottish Branch of BINDT in September that year. He was quickly co-opted onto the Branch committee and has remained an active member ever since. This was alongside his professional career, in which he progressed to Director of Technology for Doosan Babcock, and his Institute career, which included Chair of the Technical Committee, Technical Programme Manager for the 4th European Conference in 1987, President of the Institute, Chair of the PCN Advisory Board, President of the European Federation for Non-Destructive Testing (EFNDT) and General Secretary then Chair of the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT).

As a member of Council he has always looked to support the Institute Branches and the grass-roots members. He remains proud of persuading the Institute to hold its annual conference in Glasgow in 1985 and of the ‘national’ events that have been organised by the Scottish Branch each January, alongside its annual Burns Supper.

He is certain that the experience he gained through his Institute activities at all levels was excellent training for his day job and especially useful when he was appointed Director for Technology Policy Liaison and given responsibility for the company’s government relations with Scottish, British and European institutions.

Mike retired from full-time employment in 2011 but continued as a consultant for six years. Nowadays, his professional experience is put to good use by BINDT, ICNDT and the local Rotary Club, where he has just taken on the job of President for the second time.

The Tony Lager award was originally established as a prize for the Institute Branch achieving the highest number of new members in the year. This criterion was altered after 2000; until then the winners of the award were:

1995    North West
1996    Solent
1997    London and Home Counties
1998    West of England/West Midlands
1999    South Wales/West of England
2000    South Wales 

Since then, the Award has been for meritorious service to an Institute Branch by an individual. The past winners are:

2002    Mr A Raine
2003    Mr P Stephens
2004    Mr J Pouncy
2012    Mr D Breeze and Mr B Webb
2013    Mr B Murray, Mr D Betts and Mr M R Dawson
2014    Mr B Shannon
2015    Mr A Hunscott
2019    Mr B Naylor

A nomination form can be downloaded here.





The T H Cole Award


Award information

About the award: Much of the collective strength of the Institute derives from Branch activity and Branches can be quite influential in demonstrating the value of Institute membership. In recognition of this, for some years the T H Cole Award has been presented annually to the Institute Branch with the best percentage increase in membership during the preceding year.

Purpose: For the Institute Branch with the best percentage increase in membership during the preceding year.

Details of award: Gavel and engraved block held for one year. Also a framed certificate. 

Eligibility: All Institute Branches automatically qualify. 

Nomination arrangements: Automatic.

Committee: MQ&E.


Past winners

2020 winner: East Midlands Branch

The winner of the T H Cole Award for 2020 is the East Midlands Branch with a 2.77% increase in individual membership over the year.

Recent holders of the T H Cole Award are:

 

1980    South Wales
1981    East Anglia
1982    Yorkshire
1983    Yorkshire
1984    South Wales
1985    East Anglia
1986    East Anglia
1987    West of England
1988    East Midlands
1989    Scottish
1990    North East
1991    South Wales
1992    Plymouth
1993    North West
1994    Yorkshire
1995    Plymouth
1996    North East Scotland
1997    West of England
1998    Plymouth
1999    South Wales
2000    No Award
2001    North West
2002    North West
2003    Overseas
2004    East Midlands
2005    Scottish
2006    East Midlands
2007    East Anglia
2008    South Wales
2009    North East
2010    Yorkshire
2011    West of England
2012    North America
2013    South Wales
2014    North America
2015    North America
2016    West Midlands Branch

2017    No award

2018    North East Scottish
2019    North American Branch






Branch Service Award


Award information

About the award: T
he Branch Service Award was set up in 2014 and can be awarded by a BINDT Branch to a Branch member at any time during the year. The Award is for outstanding contribution to an Institute Branch and is awarded in the form of a framed certificate.

Purpose: For outstanding contribution to an Institute Branch.

Details of award: Framed certificate.

Eligibility: Any Branch member who has made a significant contribution to their Branch.

Nomination arrangements: Branches to nominate. Citation to be submitted to the Secretariat and ratified by the Croxson Committee.


Committee: Croxson


Past winners


The Branch Service Award
was not awarded in 2021.


Past recipients of the award:

2014
Bob Naylor
West Midlands Branch
 Paul Holt
West Midlands Branch
 Peter Stephens    
West Midlands Branch
2015  Steve Barton
East Midlands Branch

 


Details of all Institute awards can be found here.