Chairman of Harwin, Damon de Laszlo receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Chairman of Harwin, Damon de Laszlo, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Elektra Awards. Decided on by a judging panel of respected industry experts, the highly-coveted accolade acknowledges de Laszlo’s commitment to nurturing new generations of engineering talent and his efforts to ensure that a strong electronics manufacturing base remains in Europe.
As a longstanding advocate for the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, de Laszlo has championed the importance of providing effective routes for young people into technology-oriented vocations. This culminated in his founding of the Harwin Academy, in association with Havant & South Downs College – where students enrol on a unique gateway course that combines classroom-based tuition with valuable hands-on practical experience at Harwin’s production facility in Portsmouth.
de Laszlo’s desire to address the skills gap within the UK engineering sector, has also inspired the establishment of a large-scale Apprentice Training Hub in Portsmouth. This focuses on offering apprenticeships and personal advancement programmes to aspiring young engineers and gives them the opportunity to participate in the design and development of cutting-edge technologies.
“I am honoured to accept this award but would like to acknowledge the directors and the staff at Harwin who have helped steer the company through a challenging economic environment and the seismic shifts that we’ve all seen in the industry to help make a stronger and more innovative company.”
Beyond Electronic Engineering
Outside of the electronics arena, de Laszlo is a patron of Treloar School & College in Hampshire, which is responsible for educating severely physically disabled children and giving them a better quality of life. He is the founder of the de Laszlo Foundation, a registered charity that aims to advance education and research within the arts, economics, science and medicine. Since 1981, he has served as Chairman of the Economic Research Council and is also the chair and co-founder of the Bradshaw Foundation, which is dedicated to the discovery and preservation of ancient rock art and cave paintings around the world. Finally, de Laszlo is heavily involved in the ‘Journey of Mankind’ genetic mapping project, which aims to accurately chart where the first humans appeared and how they went on to populate the different continents.