Meet The Finalists: 'Rising Star' Award

This award will be made to someone under the age of 30 whose contribution has made a real and positive impact on the business, charity or organisation with whom they work. Nominations have been made by the organisation on behalf of the person they wished to put forward. Nominees could have been at any stage in their career or training and working in any role within the organisation.

The 2019 finalists are:

Royal HaskoningDHV: Eslie Vrolijk

As a project manager, Eslie brings value to clients by offering creative, analytical and problem-solving solutions – while communicating with all stakeholders effectively and with ease. Internally, she is a team-player, contributing to a positive and effective working environment. Eslie is already a strong voice in the engineering community, where she is the co-chair of the Young Professionals Commission of PIANC (World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure), representing and supporting fellow young professionals in the maritime industry and establishing the link between the association and young professionals worldwide. Internally, she co-leads the international knowledge group at Royal HaskoningDHV and maintains a strong internal network with colleagues worldwide to share best practices, knowledge and innovation initiatives

BAE: Glen Fraser

In Glen's time as an apprentice with BAE Systems he has been recognised through internal (winning Apprentice of the Year in years 1 and 3) and external awards ((The Hammermen of Glasgow - Hammermen Award and Prince Phillip Prize (this prize was a £1000 cash prize, Glen donated £500 of this to Dyslexia Scotland as a thank you for the support they have given him) and SEMTA Awards - Large Employer Apprentice of the Year)). This recognition has been as a result of how Glen has overcome severe Dyslexia to excel as a valued Apprentice and Apprentice Ambassador. Glen, despite being an apprentice, has led teams successfully on cross functional critical projects, worked away (in Portsmouth) from his Glasgow home site to support a critical Royal Navy project and completed both an HNC and HND.

South Tyneside College: Josslynne Brown

Since joining South Shields Marine School as a lecturer from a sea-going role as a navigating officer in 2014, Joss has set the bar high and has continued to rise above it. Joss completed her teacher training two years later receiving an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for her exceptional work during that course. Joss strongly believes that there should be no gender gap when it comes to the industry and promotes the many different roles at sea and ashore. She has recently taken on the added responsibility of our maritime apprentices who work for various ports around the UK. Joss is keen to use this added role to increase the attractiveness of the maritime sector to other young women.