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Shortlist revealed for 2024 Humber Renewables Awards


4/9/2024 2:48:31 PM

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From left, Harry Hickson, Ryah Russell and Jake Smith, shortlisted in the Humber Renewables Awards’  Apprentice of the Year category. 


Finalists in the Humber Renewables Awards 2024 have been revealed. 


Judges have assessed nominations, forming the shortlist of businesses,  organisations and individuals vying for the honours. They will be presented at the gala dinner event, once again the finale to the Offshore Wind Connections conference and exhibition, in Hull, on May 2. 


Humber Renewables Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate achievements in a sector that has transformed the region’s economy, reigniting a maritime passion for many while underlining the long-standing critical energy role the region holds, and the transition required. On the judging panel this year was Iain 


Butterworth, chair of Humber Marine & Renewables; Camilla Carlbom Flinn,  director of Pentagon Marine; Sheena McGuinness, head of renewables and cleantech at financial consultancy giant RSM UK and David Laister, PR and media director at marketing consultancy Fred. 


Mr Butterworth, in his first year at the helm of HMR, organiser of Offshore Wind  Connections, said: “It was a pleasure to be involved having thoroughly enjoyed  the event as an onlooker in previous years. It was incredibly difficult to reach  decisions in some categories, there were big debates with strong opinions put  forward over who should get the awards.” 
Mrs Carlbom Flinn, a fellow HMR director, who recently oversaw the acquisition  of her fourth generation Carlbom Shipping business by the London-based entity  she is now part of, has been part of the panel for several years. She said: “It is  always very encouraging to read through all the entries that showcase what an  incredible selection of companies we have supporting the renewables industry  in the Humber. It really is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the region.” 

Comedy magician Ben Hanlin returns to host the awards, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hull a few hours after the conference closes. He has many television appearances to his name, including The Tonight Show with Jimmy  Fallon, Celebrity Juice and Dancing on Ice – where he was a contestant. He first appeared on our screens as the star of his own ITV2 show, Tricked, which saw him pulling magic pranks on celebrities and members of the public.  He has attracted a huge social media following, but his big passion is performing live.  


As well as wowing gala dinner guests with his repertoire, he will compere the evening, which culminates in the presentation of the accolades, with the final  Humber Renewables Champion award, specially selected by judges, and revealed on the night.  


Partners include Aura/ University of Hull, Blackrow Wind, Boston Energy,  Business Live, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Humber Marine and Renewables,  John Roe, Orsted and RWE. 


For further details about the event, ticket availability and a brief synopsis on the shortlisted individuals and organisations, visit the official website humber renewables.com.  


The Humber Renewables Awards 2024 shortlist:

Humber Renewables Apprentice of the Year in partnership with Boston  Energy:  

Harry Hickson, RSUK 

Ryah Russell, RWE 

Jake Smith, Orsted 


Green Innovation Award in partnership with Aura Innovation Centre:

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult 

RWE & Siemens Gamesa 

Tidal Transit 


Diversity and Inclusion Award: 

Aura Innovation Centre 

MS3 Networks 



Engaging The Community / Community Project in partnership with Blackrow  Group 

Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge (Equinor) 

East Coast Ambassadors (Orsted) 

Projekt Renewable 


Best Renewable Energy Project or Installation in the Humber Area:

5G Portal (ORE Catapult) 

Hull RSPCA solar PV installation (River Energy and Renewables Ltd) Graypen Group solar PV installation (RSUK) 


Humber Renewables Women of the Year in partnership with RWE:

Lauren Little, Orsted 

Emma Mason, OPS Wind 

Louise Smith, Aura

Katharine York, ORE Catapult 


Excellence in Renewable Education, Skills and Training in partnership with  East Riding of Yorkshire Council: 

Aura Innovation Centre 

Hull College 

RWE Technician Career Pathway 


Humber Renewables Small Business of the Year (under 50 employees) in  partnership with Orsted: 

Port of Grimsby East 

River Energy and Renewables Ltd 

Torque Solutions 


Humber Renewables Medium / Large Business of the Year:

Boston Energy 

Hobson & Porter 


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