The YPI Fellow Award was established to “recognize those young professionals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in driving the growth of their YP group”.
Clayton has been heavily involved with the young pipeliners industry through the Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF), a subsidiary of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA). He was directly involved with the YPF for over eight years, acting as chair for three of those years; with previous achievements acknowledged in 2018 when Clayton won the APGA Young Achievement Award.
For this award, part of the application process considered Clayton’s contributions, which include:
- YPF QLD Representative (Chair) 3 years – 2009 – 2011
- YPF QLD Committee Member – 2007 – 2015
- Actively promoting and supporting graduates and young professionals, especially in their roles with the YPF
- Continual support of YPF QLD for sponsorship to ensure longevity and viability of the YPF
- Volunteering as a mentor with the Queensland University of Technology Mentorship Program
- Actively engaging in networking and advocating for the industry
- Relocating to Queensland as a young engineer to establish Fyfe’s office
Clayton states that “in terms of being an ambassador for our industry, I am in a position now where it is about much more than what I am just doing directly as an individual. It is about influencing the younger generation of pipeliners coming through. I believe it is my role to coach and mentor the next generation, so they can hopefully share the same passion that I have for this industry.”
Clayton’s career has been marked with significant achievements, especially for someone so young, such as:
- 2019 appointed Fyfe Executive Director
- 2019 Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
- 2018 APGA Young Achievement Award
- 2016 appointed General Manager – Queensland; the youngest person in the company to have held the position. At 33, he became the leader of more than 50 staff.
- 2011 chose to attend Gas Speak to improve his presentation and speech making skills
- 2011 awarded a scholarship through APGA to attend a joint technical meeting and pipeline study tour in North America; going on to be delegated to give the presentation on the pipeline tour to the APGA at a dinner in Brisbane with 350 people in attendance