Two members of the Wood Technology Society were recipients of IOM3 Awards at the July 2017 Awards Evening.
They were Gervais Sawyer FIMMM WTS Board member and currently editor of the International Wood Products Journal, and Andrew True FIMMM WTS Board member, immediate past chairman and currently ‘webmaster.’
(Gervais giving his acceptance speech.)
For Gervais the honour was the T.P.Marsden Professional Medal – “a premier award in recognition of services to the profession or to the Institute, its objectives and organisation over a period of not less than 20 years by a member who has not been recognised by the Institute in other ways” – in part in recognition of his commitment over 30 years to promoting, in his own inimitable style, careers in wood with his almost single-handed attendance at careers and other fairs and shows to which he regularly transports 80kg of concrete pavers in order to demonstrate the extraordinary strength of wood in tension in addition to his other wealth of interactive exhibits, which he has put together himself, that captivate audiences of pupils, parents and teachers alike.
(Andrew receiving his award from IOM3 President Martin Cox.)
For Andrew it was the IOM3 Outstanding Contribution Award – “For members who have made a prolonged and major contribution to the Institute's core activity. Such contribution should not relate to local society activity and the awards will be made to members not previously recognised by the Institute.” – for time-honoured service originally with the IWSc which included serving on the Membership Committee from 2000; President for three years of ‘The Wood Forum’ a keenly supported, through the 1970s and 1980s, London-based trade and industry discussion group but it was in the role of WTS Chairman, during which time he was the first holder of that office since the affiliation of the former IWSc with IOM3 to fully embrace the ethos of the IOM3, that Andrew’s contribution has been particularly transforming.