News from the Society of Maritime Industries

11 April 2019

Claire Cardy Wins SMI Marine Science & Technology Business Person of the Year 2019 Award

The biennial Marine Science & Technology Business Person of the Year Award was presented on 10 April 2019 to Claire Cardy, UK Director of Nortek UK, by Mr Terry Sloane, chairman of the MSTG Council of the Society of Maritime Industries. The presentation was made during the Ocean Business Gala Dinner.

The award is designed to recognise the individual who, in the opinion of the adjudicating panel, has made a significant contribution to the business of marine science and technology in the UK.

Nortek's Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Ronny Johnsen, said:

“Over the last year, Claire has actively presented Nortek’s work at many conferences and exhibitions, demonstrating that Nortek is an innovative company that prides itself on providing technological solutions and not just ‘sales’.  She has also reached out to the wider MST community via her work with schools, SMI, SUT and Hydrographic Society.  As a result of Claire’s initiative to more actively support the marine oil and gas sector with our latest product, she has contributed to the busiest start of the year in Nortek globally in 2019. We are proud to have Claire as part of the Nortek team.”

MSTG Council Chairman, Mr Terry Sloane, commented:

“It is gratifying to see that the winner of the MSTG Business Person Award for 2019 is not a business owner or entrepreneur which is the usual winner profile but someone who, upon joining an established organisation has, through their creativity and dedication made a measurable difference to the performance of that business.  Claire’s commitment to participate in industry groups such as the SMI MSTG Council, MATS Delivery committee and support of the IMarEST early careers group and others is noteworthy and has surely contributed to the growth of her UK business.  Claire is a worthy winner of this award by any measure but it is especially encouraging to see another lady making an impact in what is still a male dominated industry.”

The UK marine science sector is a vibrant industry epitomised by enthusiastic and successful entrepreneurs and innovative engineers whose expertise has created leading edge technology supported by world renowned research institutions. Previous winners of the award have been Versha Carter (Intelligent Exhibitions), John Partridge (Sonardyne International), Matthew Quartley (Valeport), Ralph Rayner (BMT Group), Brendan Hyland (WFS Technologies), Keith Birch (National Oceanography Centre), Roger Scrivens (RS Aqua), Dan Hook (ASVGlobal), Paul Rideout (OSIL) and Michael Osborne (OceanWise)   


About The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI):

SMI is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, digital technology, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  

About Nortek UK:

Nortek designs, develops and produces scientific instruments that apply the Doppler principle to underwater acoustics in order to measure water in motion, such as currents and waves. They provide truly innovative, robust, and accurate instruments, backed up by advanced software and comprehensive support to ensure customers maximize value from their measurements. w: 

About Ocean Business:

Ocean Business is organised by Diversified Communications UK Ltd, in partnership with the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) and hosted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Ocean Business is a hands-on ocean technology exhibition and training forum, taking place every two years at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.  Launched in 2007 and running every two years, the show has over 300 exhibitors and nearly 5000 attendees.  Running in parallel to the exhibition is Offshore Survey, a two-day conference that focuses on the technology and business issues in the field of offshore surveying. w:



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