A BAE Systems engineer from Preston has described being autistic as “just a hurdle” after being recognised at the Autism Professionals Awards.Advertisement
Phillip Coupe was shortlisted as a finalist for the National Autistic Society’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum, and was highly commended for his work improving awareness of disabilities in the workplace.
As an active member of BAE’s employee-led support group, ENabled, Phillip has helped shape the support provided for colleagues with disabilities.
Phillip said, “Through ENabled, we help to give employees a focal point for support and guidance when encountering difficulties both in their work and personal life.
“I’m delighted to be recognised for my work and nominated for an award, however my focus is to continue working and hopefully inspire more individuals.
“I’ve found that being autistic is not a barrier to me, it’s just a hurdle.”
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Phillip, who works as an airworthiness engineer at the military aircraft site in Warton, is now focussing on growing the first ever disability network across BAE Systems’ UK businesses.
Martin Taylor, COO of BAE Systems’ Air sector and the company’s UK Disability Executive Sponsor, said, “About four years ago, Phillip first approached me to help promote awareness of autism in the company. Since then, he has gone on to run hugely successful campaigns, lead autism workshops and speak at conferences.
“I am very proud of Phillip’s achievements and delighted that BAE Systems has been able to support his work.”
Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, said: “Phillip should be very proud for standing out among so many high quality nominations and impressing the judges with his commitment to improving diversity in the workplace.”
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