Ocean Business 2023 in April wasn’t just about celebrating the launch of Sonardyne’s Origin ADCPs. It also saw their Head of Science, Geraint West, being awarded ‘Business Person of the Year 2023’ by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI).

The Award recognises individuals who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business thinking and are regarded as leaders in their field. This Award also acknowledges and celebrates the personal and generous contributions by a Business Person and the difference their involvement makes to the Marine Science and Technology community overall.

Geraint started his maritime career 40 years ago in the Royal Navy. After leaving, he joined the National Oceanography Centre, where he oversaw the introduction of the state-of-the art research vessels RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery and was a driving force for the delivery of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre.

The SMI described Geraint as “Truly an embodiment of the UK industry’s excellence and an all-round great guy!”  Geraint is pictured above receiving his award with (L-R); Tom Chant (SMI), Ryan Mowat (RS Aqua) and Emma Johnson (SMI).

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