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Huge congratulations to the ESTnet Managing Director Avril Lewis, who has been awarded an MBE for services to the Technology Industry in Wales in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on the 9th of June.

Avril is a Barrister and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her background is in the semiconductor industry where she was the Director of Human Resources for European Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. Avril was appointed Managing Director of the ESTnet in May 2012 and since then has successfully raised the profile of the ESTnet and wider industry through exciting new projects and business opportunities for members.

Notable activity includes the annual ESTnet Awards to showcase the talent of the technology industry in Wales; the Welsh Technology Industry Survey, and the ESTnet Next Generation to encourage young people to choose a career in technology.

On her win, Avril said:

“Thank you to all who have been in touch to offer their congratulations. It was a huge surprise, but of course I am deeply honoured and humbled. All of us involved with the ESTnet work extremely hard to raise awareness of the dynamic and innovative Welsh technology industry.

We work to ensure that young people are made aware of the opportunities available to them in Welsh technology, to enhance opportunities for women to work in the industry, and to create new business for our members through collaboration. This is reward for all that hard work put in by the operational team, the ESTnet Board, our members and partners.”


Congratulations again, Avril!