UK's Royal Television Society awards annual Young Technologist prize

Kathleen Gray, RTS Young Technologist Of The Year, 2017
Neal Romanek
July 21st 2017 at 11:28AM : By Neal Romanek

This year's winner is Kathleen Gray, who works at NEP UK

This week the UK's Royal Television Society (RTS) named its Young Technologist of the Year. This year, the award went to Kathleen Gray, guarantee broadcast engineer at NEP UK Broadcast services.

The runner up prize, the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology, was awarded to Matthew Carroll, trainee broadcast engineer at the BBC. The winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to the IBC trade show in Amsterdam. The runner-up receives the Coffey Award and a technical book of choice.

Kathleen graduated from Southampton Solent University with a BSc in Live and Studio Sound before joining NEP UK Broadcast Services. Since then she has progressed from junior vision engineer to engineer in charge on some of NEP UK’s largest and most prestigious projects, including ITV’s Love Island. She was also heavily involved in the installation and commissioning of four new UHD trucks and regularly takes the lead on Sky Sports UHD Premiership Football. Most recently she has headed-up the deployment of Host Broadcasting facilities at Wimbledon on behalf of the BBC. 

“The RTS Young Technologist Award is important as it recognises outstanding technologists of the future, who are vital to the success of the industry," said Terry Marsh, chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award jury. "Kathleen impressed the jury with her swift career trajectory and her total commitment and dedication to delivering quality to production teams, who see her as a trusted and respected point of contact. Her dedication was also clear in her ability to be across every detail of her work whilst also seeing the bigger picture.”
Kathleen Gray said of her win: “It is an exciting time to work in the broadcast engineering sector. The ever-changing and constant flow of new technologies means there is always something to learn and understand. In this competitive market I am proud to have been recognised and to have received such a prestigious award and I would like to thank NEP UK for the training, support and guidance they have offered. It has been invaluable. I now look forward to attending IBC in September to network and learn more about what the future holds.

The Young Technologist Award was established by the RTS with funds received from the family of A.M. Beresford-Cooke, a distinguished engineer who contributed to the development of British broadcasting technology through his work on towers and masts for VHF and UHF transmission. The aim of the award is to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields.