Rising star in running to win a top award for his efforts in industry
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Sep 2018
A RISING star at Hull smart ticketing company Paragon ID is up for a top award at this year’s Manufacturer’s MX Awards.
Haydn Ward, a research and development project manager, joined the company in 2016 after completing a masters degree in chemistry.
Just two years on, Haydn has become an integral part of the team, which makes more than three million tickets every year.
Haydn’s talent and efforts have seen him shortlisted in the Young Manufacturer Of The Year category of the 2018 awards – just one of eight to make the list.
He said: “It’s a real honour to be nominated for the Young Manufacturer Of The Year award and I certainly haven’t taken being shortlisted for granted.
“Knowing that my work has been commended by my colleagues and that they have gone to the effort to submit an entry on my behalf really does give me a renewed sense of confidence as I continue to move forward and take on new challenges during my career.
“The whole business has been instrumental in allowing me to develop and put my ideas into practice. It really is a joint effort and something that the whole team should be taking credit for.”
Recognised as an individual who has demonstrated a strong understanding of his manufacturing environment, and with an ambition and competence to excel in his industry, Haydn has been nominated for one of the UK’s most coveted industry awards.
Paragon ID is best known for its work with the mass transit sector, supplying the UK’s leading train operating companies with magnetic and ITSO certified smart tickets.
The company manufactures more than one billion tickets per year.
Paragon ID earlier this year secured a prestigious contract with Transport for London to supply all of the capital’s Oyster Cards throughout 2018.
Andrew Jones, general manager for Paragon ID UK, said: “Haydn has made a great contribution to Paragon ID since he arrived and one that is well beyond his years.
“Recognising potential and investing in people is one of our main objectives and Haydn is a perfect example of the rewards and recognition that you can gain from taking this approach.”
Following completion of a masters degree in chemistry, Haydn joined Paragon ID as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Hull.
Since joining the business Haydn has been responsible for applying his expertise in a new division within the company, focusing on the production of magnetic tickets.