The Royal Institution of Naval Architects launches Eily Keary Award

27 June 2019 – In celebration of equal opportunities, RINA launches special Award to commemorate 100 years since Eily Keary became the Institution’s first woman member 

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects was founded in 1860, but it was not until 1919 that the first woman was admitted as a member of the Institution. Today, women members of the Institution occupy a wide range of appointments in the maritime industry, academia and organisations world-wide, in both engineering and non-engineering roles. Their number and achievements continue to grow.

The first woman to become a member of the Institution was Eily Keary, and it has been decided to commemorate this significant event in the Institution’s history with the introduction of an annual Eily Keary Award.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of gender, faith or ethnicity, have equal opportunity to participate fully in all the Institution’s activities. The Institution also seeks to encourage such equality of opportunity and involvement throughout the global maritime industry.

The annual Eily Keary Award will recognise the contribution made by an individual, organisation or part of an organisation to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in their sector of the maritime industry. Nominations will be invited from the maritime industry, and should be made to the Chief Executive, Trevor Blakeley, at


About The Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Founded in 1860 in London to “…advance the art and science of ship design”, today the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of marine vessels and structures in over 90 countries. RINA members are widely represented at all levels in the maritime industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations.

Membership of RINA is open to those who are professionally qualified in naval architecture or marine technology, or who are involved or interested in the maritime industry. Membership provides an internationally recognised professional qualification which demonstrates the achievement and commitment to the highest standards of professional competence and integrity. RINA members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services, including advice on education, training and professional development. RINA also publishes a range of technical journals and organises an extensive programme of international conferences and training courses covering all aspects of naval architecture and maritime technology. RINA is also an NGO at the IMO where it contributes its collective expertise.


For further information please contact:

Trevor Blakeley
Chief Executive, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Tel:    +44 (0)20 7235 4622
Fax:   +44 (0)20 7259 5912