Barrow-based Michael Fraser, Head of Engineering in the Specialist Engineering and Technology Group, has just learned he has been appointed a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow, one of a handful of employees recognised for the top accolade. The award recognises his experience which includes almost 30 years working in the maritime sector of which 16 years has been in senior engineering, leadership and management roles. After qualifying as a seagoing officer and studying engineering at university he joined the Shipbuilding Division of P&O Princess Cruises Group to design, construct and commission very large cruise ships in a number of overseas shipyards.
Time spent as a nautical analyst with the Maritime Safety Authority led to Michael becoming Director of Naval Construction for the Royal New Zealand Navy for six years.
After a period as Expert Maritime Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he joined BAE Systems in 2011 and for the last four years has led the Specialist Engineering and Technology Group within Submarines.
The news comes just days after he returned to work following a project involving colleagues from the Barrow shipyard to provide technical help for the NHS. The range of activity included a request to design and produce specialist curtain hooks for isolation cubicles, manufacture face guards for frontline health workers and to design and construct COVID-19 Recovery Centres in Cumbria.