Eden McGlen, Engineering Tutor has been nominated for the Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award at the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) Awards 2023.

Held on Thursday 23 March at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, the awards will honour the brightest talent and outstanding achievements of companies shaping the North East automotive industry, while, at the same time, raising funds for a schools’ STEM project.

She will go against Lily Turner, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK and Molly Craggs, Envision AESC UK.

Paul Butler, chief executive of the NEAA, said: “The awards provide the opportunity to fly the flag for the region and, just as importantly, to remind ourselves, how far we have come as a sector and that we have turned potential into a powerful reality.”

“The region is home to a world class automotive sector and it continues to be one of the most productive manufacturing sectors in Europe. As such, the opportunities for younger generations are vast and we must continue to work together to attract them whilst they are at school and making career choices.

The company winners will receive a cheque which they will then donate to a STEM engagement programme or local school in support of an automotive or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related project, which helps to raise awareness of the importance of STEM and the attractiveness of a career within the automotive sector.

Full list of nominees:

Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award, sponsored by Gateshead College

Eden McGlen – Unipres, Lily Turner – Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Molly Craggs – Envision AESC UK

Graduate Award, sponsored by Marelli

Elena Westerman – Envision AESC UK, Nathaniel Cutler – Komatsu UK, Owen Outterside – Komatsu UK
Innovation and Technology Award, sponsored by Newcastle University
Large/Multinational – Komatsu UK, Marelli, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
SME – Fuzzy Logic Studio, The Algorithm People, Vic Young
Sustainability Award, sponsored by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
Large/Multinational – Adient Seating, Marelli, Port of Tyne
SME – Aspire Technology Solutions, Vic Young
Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Invest South Tyneside
Adient Seating, Cummins, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Marelli
SME Company of the Year Award, sponsored by North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT)
Ford Engineering, Smart Manufacturing Solutions, Tomlinson Hall & Co.
Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Sunderland City Council
To be announced on the night