Rising Star in Industry Award

The Rising Star in Industry Award (previously the Young Industrialist of the Year) recognises individuals who have created significant impact in the chemical industry, in the early stages of their careers.

2017 Winner

Jeremy Besnard

Rising Star in Industry Award 2017 Winner

Jeremy Besnard, Exscientia Ltd

General information

  • Runs annually
  • The award winner will be chosen by an independent selection panel 

Guidelines for nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October and close on 15 January
  • Both RSC members and non-members can nominate
  • Nominees may NOT  nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK and internationally 
  • Nominees must be working in industry and be 36 or below on 31 January 2016. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths. 


To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system. If you are an RSC member please make sure you have the membership number to hand before accessing the online system.

During the application process you will be asked to provide:

  • One page supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria below 
  • One page CV for the nominee, which should include a summary of education and career. 
  • Names and contact details of two referees, who could provide a reference for the nominee. The referees do not have to be RSC members. 

When nominating recent Prize or Award winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work.

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations as appropriate:

  • The scale of the nominee's achievements and contribution to the business
  • The approach taken
  • The impact generated by their work (including saving or benefits derived from the their contribution)

Guidelines for Referees

  • The awards system will contact referees to inform them that they must provide reports (of up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) by 31 January.
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.     

Selection panel

  • Roy Sandbach (North East Local Enterprise Partnership), Chair  
  • Jacquin Wilford Brown (AkzoNobel)
  • Julia Hatto (Independent)
  • Martin Hanton (Sasol UK) 

Previous Winners

Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2016 Winner

Angela Symington, BP

Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2015 Winner

Dr Charlotte Hardy, GlaxoSmithKline

Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2014 Winner

Dr Nathan Lawrence, Schlumberger Gould Research

Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2013 Winner

Dr Gordon Saxty, Astex Pharmaceuticals Inc

Submit your nomination

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Deadline for nominations is 15 January 2018. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time.

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Contact and Further Information

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Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066