Nuclear Transport Solutions’ (NTS) Principal Shielding Specialist, Liz Holland, has picked up a prestigious award for her work in the nuclear industry.

Liz was named winner of the STEM Returner award at last night’s (20 February) glittering WISE awards ceremony, in London.

The STEM Returner award celebrates an individual, who after a career break, has returned to a science, technology, engineering or maths career and excelled as a result.

NTS has worked to encourage people to return to the industry after a career break by creating a flexible and inclusive environment and Liz’s success is a testament to how these programmes can benefit individuals and organisations alike.

Liz said:

“I was incredibly proud and shocked to be announced the winner of the award and want to thank everyone at NTS who has made my return to work so easy. It can be a little daunting, after taking a five-year break from work to care for my family, to re-enter the professional environment but I’ve felt supported and encouraged throughout, I’d recommend it to anyone. It was also amazing to see so many other remarkable female engineers, scientists and professionals from different STEM backgrounds and I will continue to promote these fantastic careers to everyone.”

Liz’s role involves conducting radiation shielding and dose rate assessments to support the successful transportation of radioactive material, both in the UK and internationally.

She is the subject matter expert for radiation shielding within the organisation, and manages a team that is responsible for modelling radiation transport through materials.

The WISE Awards celebrate outstanding women in STEM, as well as organisations which are making impactful changes to their gender balance.

Seth Kybird, NTS CEO, added:

“Liz is a truly deserving winner and her performance has been outstanding since she joined NTS. We’re looking to create the most encouraging and inclusive environment, not just in the industry, but across all workforces to ensure we have the best people, and I’m thrilled we’re able to find such fantastic colleagues through these initiatives, huge congratulations to Liz.”