News / Lancashire’s BAE Systems Engineers Recognised for Work on F-35 Aircraft.

Two BAE Systems engineers from Lancashire have been awarded medals by The Institution of  Engineering and Technology (IET) for their work on the F-35 programme.  

BAE Systems manufactures the fuselage of the fifth generation F-35 aircraft, used by the Royal Navy  and Royal Air Force, at its site in Samlesbury in Lancashire.

Around 1,500 employees support the 24/6  manufacturing on site, with an additional 1,000 employees across the UK in engineering, aircraft  support and functional roles who help support the global F-35 fleet.  

The IET Achievement Awards recognise some of the world’s top engineering talent and acknowledge  individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, engineering  and technology in any sector.  

Rebecca Sell TMIET, a Manufacturing Engineer, won the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award as  a result of her outstanding achievements.  

Since joining BAE Systems five years ago as a craft apprentice at 16, Rebecca has progressed to her  current role where she is responsible for ensuring the effective production of parts for the F-35  aircraft. She has recently gained a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Mechanical  Engineering.  

Rebecca said:

“It was a huge shock to win such a prestigious award like the IET Mike Sargeant  Achievement Medal.  

“Reading the biographies of everyone who had been shortlisted for this award, it was an honour to be  ranked amongst such a high calibre of individuals.  

“I feel as though this award truly acknowledges the support of every individual who has influenced my  career over the last 5 years and I am thankful to everyone who has aided my development.”    

Also receiving a medal was Dr Paul Needham PhD CEng FIET, Head of Engineering & Capability on the  F-35 Programme at BAE Systems. Paul was awarded the Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for  Manufacturing.  

Paul has over 35 years international experience in aerospace design and manufacture engineering  across multiple aircraft platforms and is internationally recognised in this field.    

Paul said:

“It is an honour to be awarded the IET Viscount Nuffield Medal following on from many  prestigious engineers.  

“Starting my engineering career from a vocational background and studying part time through to a  Ph.D. supported by BAE Systems has given me a very broad knowledge of engineering and  manufacturing.  

“I hope that I can inspire the next generation of engineers to follow a similar path.”  

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For more information, please contact: Rebecca Edwards, BAE Systems 07775 826265 or email  

Lancashire’s BAE Systems Engineers Recognised for Work on F-35 Aircraft.