Talent of Matchtech Engineers recognised at BAE Chairman’s awards

James Larcher and Grenville Williamson from our Engineering Services division have been recognised for their high calibre work on the Forward Island of the QEC Aircraft carrier, at the BAE Chairman’s awards.

Project Overview

Part of an Engineer’s role is to challenge the norm in pursuit of improvement. For the aircraft carrier project, the lifting operations associated to the Islands were considered an opportunity to make significant savings in both cost and schedule. Matchtech Engineering Services worked closely with teams at BAE Portsmouth and Babcock Rosyth to define a lifting operation that would minimise the workload after the Islands were lifted into place onto the rest of the vessel.

Lifting the Islands from below allowed the section of the carrier to be assembled close to completion prior to delivery. It also provided a jacking frame for alignment prior to final welding. However it introduced risk of damage to the structure, issues associated to instability during the lift and meant getting close to the capacity of the crane. These areas of concern were analysed in detail and solutions found ensuring the expected benefits were achieved.


The awards were established in 1996 and were designed to recognise those whose ideas, actions and behaviours help to make BAE a more competitive company. The unique aspect of this award is that you don’t have to be a BAE Systems employee to be nominated.

The awards take shape across the following categories;

  • Enhancing Customer Performance – by delivering significant value to the customer
  • Supporting Total Performance Culture – making a significant contribution and excelling in performance across value delivered, financial performance,   community involvement and skills development.
  • Transferring Best Practice – delivering significant value to the business mthrough the sharing of knowledge and ideas across BAE
  • Innovation – providing a proven and demonstrated solutions      that will lead to improved business performance as a result of its  application

James and Grenville were nominated in all 4 by James Edge of BAE, and received the Bronze award in each of these. This is a fantastic accolade as it is extremely rare for individuals and their work to be nominated in more than one category, and indeed receive an award in each one. Head Engineer, Grenville said,

"I am very pleased to receive these awards as recognition from a client that MES are a valued member of their extended team. Winning awards in all four categories was unexpected but helps to convey the innovation, complexity and high profile nature of this project. I look forward to seeing HMS Queen Elizabeth when she arrives in Portsmouth."

The awards were presented by Nigel Steward, Commercial Director of BAE Systems Maritime and on receipt of these, Mark Edwards, Director of Engineering Services commented,

For two of our team to be recognised in this way is extremely pleasing (obviously) but just being part of a project like the Aircraft Carrier (a real testament to the quality of Engineers from UK) has been a fantastic journey to witness. The accolades for James & Grenville where they have ‘enhanced our client’ is tremendous to hear and the credit is due to both of these individuals for their dedicated hard work to deliver this challenging project”.


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