The Ian Ritchie Achievement Award and the Ritchie Early Career Award, acknowledge staff who go above and beyond their responsibilities, displaying excellence in all aspects of their work. The finalists were nominated by ChemCentre colleagues, clients and members of the public with a team of panellists assessing and selecting the winners.
Barry Price, David DeTata and Greg Buck were the top finalists of the Ian Ritchie Achievement Award with Barry winning the award for his strong client engagement, attention to detail and enthusiastic approach to any situation, from giving lectures to school students to developing and refining techniques in Acid Sulfate Soils analysis.
The Ritchie Early Career Award is awarded to a ChemCentre staff member in the early stages of their career, who displays excellence in all aspects of their work. This year’s finalists were Stuart Rietkerk and David Brown, with David taking out the award. Dr Brown recently started his career at ChemCentre with a background in academia and teaching. His impressive research in the field of forensic toxicology and encouraging attitude to all ChemCentre staff members upholds ChemCentre’s values to the highest standard.
Ian Ritchie Achievement Award winners: David Brown (left) and Barry Price (right)
The Ian Ritchie Awards were established in 2010 by Professor Ian Ritchie AO, a longtime supporter of ChemCentre and believer in the ability of our staff to make real change in the community. Sadly, Ian passed away in August this year and was represented by wife Ann Ritchie, daughter Kathy and son Alex at the awards. Ann spoke of Ian’s dedication to chemistry in WA and of the role luck played throughout his career. As a reflection of Ian’s ingenuity and problem solving abilities Ann had brought along a guitar Ian had hand crafted from the wood of an old television set.
Katrina Walton, the 2010 Ian Ritchie Achievement Award winner, spoke at the ceremony of the ways in which the award prize, a travel bursary for professional learning, helped her travel to present ChemCentre’s research at two international conferences. She appreciated and acknowledged Ian’s passion for chemistry and all that he had done for the industry,
“I know that Ian was a strong believer that chemistry is as much about theory as it is about practice,” said Katrina.
“He was always promoting, in any way he could, how chemistry affects us all.”
Congratulations to all finalists and award winners. ChemCentre is delighted to recognise and celebrate the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of its employees.