Industry stalwarts and newcomers recognised at Hydrographic Society's AGM

11 April 2019

At its 2019 AGM, held at Ocean Business, yesterday, the Society honoured two well-known and respected member and industry's stalwarts. Outgoing Chairman, Ian Holden, announced the award of Fellowships for both John Pinder and William Heaps, with William also receiving Emeritus Membership of the organisation.

John, who recently retired as Port Hydrographer for the Port of London Authority, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the hydrographic profession and generous support of those working within it. William, one-time Port Hydrographer for ABP Southampton and now a Principal Consultant at Marico Marine, was honoured for his exceptional, long-standing dedication and contribution to the Society and the profession as a whole. The announcement coincided with the end of William's 18-year tenure as a voluntary Trustee of the organisation - including four years as its Chair.   

Also at the AGM, John Dillon-Leetch, the Chair of the Society's Education Committee, introduced the third annual Alan Ingham Award. The award recognises the very best research, innovation and application by students and graduates on relevant BSc, MSc and PhD courses in the UK and Ireland.

Both this year's winner and runner up are final year BSc Ocean Exploration and Surveying students at Plymouth. Christopher Haddon, who won the award for his paper entitled 'Insights into embayment-scale sediment dynamics using MBES multispectral backscatter at Perranporth, UK', is currently offshore with the company he will join once he graduates this summer. His £500 prize will presented at a later date. However, this year's runner-up, Dannielle Eager, was present to receive a £150 prize for her work on 'Oceanographic influences on fish school behaviour over a bank environment using a multibeam echo sounder'. This was the second success for Danni in recent weeks; she also won of the Society's annual Student Presentations Evening in Plymouth on 26th March.

Chris and Danni's prize-winning papers will be published in the Society's Soundings magazine later this year.

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