The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) hosted its annual Military Awards on 17 September. This year, the awards were held at Ironmongers Hall with over 150 guests in attendance.
Military environmental health technicians and cadets consistently demonstrate high levels of skill, knowledge and dedication whatever challenges they face. These awards pay special recognition to the work of environmental health technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the RAF Environmental Health Cadre and the WCEC’s affiliated cadet units for their work at home and abroad.
This year, the Master of the WCEC, Barrie Torbett, addressed the attendees and his speech focused on the long-standing relationship with the Royal Army Medical Corp. He specifically highlighted the RAMC’s outstanding achievements whether in service in the UK or overseas. He also commended the Cadet Corp for its outstanding achievements in training and discipline.
The Master ended by encouraging the WCEC to cultivate a close and solid relationship with the cadet corps and environmental staff, especially when they leave the services. He said that the cleaning industry is actively looking for the leaders of tomorrow, and that the military’s environmental staff have outstanding experience.
The special guest at the event was Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE QHS OStJ. Highly regarded in the NHS and RAMC, Brigadier Hodgetts’ speech focused on the importance of the RAMC in conflict situations and post-conflict care. He expressed his appreciation of the connections with all the Livery Companies, and praised the work of the cadet corps, training officers and young people who benefit, in particular the support of the WCEC.
The trophies, medals and purses awarded on the day include:
- Junior NCO Award: Acting Sergeant James Hodges.
- Senior NCO Award: Sergeant Steven Redding (currently serving in New Zealand).
- Reserves EHT Award: Captain Steven Gorniak.
- Post Graduate Medical Officer General Practice Prize: Captain Adrian Hucks.
- RAF Environmental Health Technician Prize: Sergeant Dean Crook. Best Sea Cadet Prize: Marine Cadet Corporal Ryan Aldred. Cadet Aldred was also presented with a cheque for £2500, representing funds raised by WCEC members to help pay for his overseas exchange to Borneo for jungle training.
- Best Army Cadet Prize: Cadet Staff Sergeant Chantae Bambury.
- Best Air Cadet Prize: Cadet Flight Sergeant Diliana Porteros.