Every year the EDT (Engineering development Trust) hosts the Future Industry Leaders Awards and, this year, Dr Paul Doyle, COO of Peakdale Molecular and CSO of Concept Life Sciences was invited to be on the judging panel for the North West finals.

The EDT delivers over 30,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences each year, for young people age 11-21 across the UK. Its range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses.

This year the North West finals took place on the 6th July in Wirral with the winners of this round, and all other regional finalists, coming together for the National Finals in September.

Dr Doyle, who was joined on the panel by a range of other science and engineering experts, holds a degree in chemistry from New College, Oxford and achieved his D.Phil. at the University of Sussex. He has been involved in pharmaceutical research for over 30 years with both large and small companies and was a founder of BioFocus, a research provider. He has spent 8 years at Peakdale Molecular (now part of Concept Life Sciences), currently holding both COO and CSO positions. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and has a keen interest in the training of future scientists in the UK.

Speaking about his role as a judge in the Future Industry Leaders Awards, Dr Doyle said: “STEM is a vital area on which an increasing number of occupations are dependent. A solid STEM knowledge base increases our science literacy and creates critical thinkers which will motivate a generation of innovators. There is no doubt that STEM education will continue to play an even greater role in the future and the foundations of which our work at Concept is based. For this reason we are very keen to support such initiatives and young talent in this space. Partnerships with
organisations such as the EDT provides us with a perfect opportunity to do that. I was very impressed with the calibre of students who made the North West finals and would like to wish them all well as they progress through to the next stage. “

Echoing Dr Doyle’s support of STEM events Sarah Taylor, Group HR Director explained: “In addition to our work with organisations such as the EDT Concept Life Sciences has a programme of initiatives planned to further support schools and colleges in encouraging students to consider the career opportunities that can be afforded to them by choosing studies in STEM subjects.”