BMT Defence Services Commemorates Founder With Best Newcomer Award
British Maritime Technology’s (BMT) subsidiary BMT Defence Services Limited presented for the first ever John Hannah Memorial Award for the most promising newcomer to Claire Grattan on Friday 14 December at the Assembly Rooms in Bath.
Claire joined the Weymouth office of BMT Defence Services in September 1999. Four months later, she was given the responsibility for a contract with the UK Hydrographic Office. The client was extremely pleased with the work and it has resulted in significant additional business for BMT Defence Services. She is now part of the management team for the Combat Systems Department.
The award, a modernistic sculpture in the form of a sail and hull, was made in memory of BMT Defence Services’ founder, John Hannah, who died last year at the age of 64. After his death, his widow Yvonne received many letters from BMT DSL staff wishing to express their thanks to John for seeing their potential and giving them a chance to prove themselves. It was as a result of these letters that Yvonne decided to make this award, which will become an annual event for BMT Defence Services.
Yvonne Hannah presented the award to Claire and said: “This company meant so much to my husband. The one thing he believed in most was people. He had ways of bringing out the best in everyone and I hope that this award will ensure that that spirit of people development continues.”