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AGM: Awards

‘Ideas that many people are just discovering today, like cylindrical illuminance, were topics Joe was writing papers on 30-40 years ago’ – Paul Littlefair ‘It gives me particular pleasure to provide this citation because Joe more than anybody else has influenced and inspired me in my own lighting career,’ he continued. ‘He has been very generous both in ideas and encouragement.’ Iain Macrae was this year’s recipient of the Lighting Award. He studied mechanical engineering at Hatfield Polytechnic before joining Thorn Lighting as a product designer at Spennymore. After three years he took on responsibility for lighting design as well as the management of custom products, a role he would continue with for the next 11 years. It was during this time that he became involved in the SLL, serving on the technical and publications committee and chairing the LG5 working group. He was also active in both BSI and CEN. It was around this time that he first met Mike Simpson who gave the citation. ‘We were both founding members of the Masterclasses and Iain immediately struck me as someone who not only had a deep knowledge of lighting but also had a very easy way of presenting it.’ In 2009 he became head of global lighting applications for what was by then the Zumtobel group, and in 2012 he became president of the SLL. He is currently applications director for Wila Lighting. ‘The society’s award is given to the person who has made an ongoing commitment to lighting and to the society, ‘said Simpson. ‘I cannot think of a more worthy recipient.’ Winner of this year’s Regional Award was Dan Lister of Arup, one of the four key organisers behind NoHL in 2015 and the main organiser of last year’s follow up NoHL2 in York. The aim was to engage with all educational key stages and introduce a variety of young people to light and lighting, to let them experiment with light and ultimately to realise their ideas at a public event. ‘His determination, alongside very considerable time and effort, ensured that the society delivered the four designs for the fivenight festival, much to the delight of the students and teachers alike, not to mention the thousands of visitors,’ said Liz Peck in her citation. ‘Dan’s dedication to – virtually single-handedly – mastermind this contribution to illuminating York and see it through to fruition was a credit to the students and schools, to the society and to himself.’ The awards for best papers published in LR&T last year were both presented by Professor Kevin Kelly. The Leon Gaster Award went to Professor John Mardaljevic and N Roy for The Sunlight Beam Index (LR&T, 2016; 48(1): 55-69). The Walsh Weston Award was given to Professor Arnold Wilkins for A Physiological Basis for Visual Discomfort: application in lighting design (LR&T, 2016; 48(1); 44-54). LET Student Prizes were given to Simon Blyth, Nicola Parker and Ben Poulton. Chris Wilkes of Holophane, Lou Bedocs of Thorn, Jamie Yates of Trilux and Roger Sexton of Xicato were also presented with Sponsors in Partnership Certificates.

Jonathan West, Maz Mullane and Laurie Socker

Mike Simpson, Alexandra Kalimeri and Dr Kevin Mansfield

Nicola Parker and Sonia Pepperell

Simon Fisher, Jonathan Rush, Vy Pettit and Rob Anderson



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SLL July/August 2017  

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