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Tue March 02 2021

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Knighthood for Arup's Dilley

16 Jun 14 Former Arup chairman Philip Dilley is to be knighted for his services to consulting engineering.

Sir Philip Dilley
Sir Philip Dilley

This was construction’s top gong in the Queen’s birthday honours over the weekend.

As well as leading the Arup group until April 2014, Mr Dilley is chair of the business lobby group London First, chair of governors of the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure & Urban Development Community, a council member of Imperial College and recently chair of the CBI London Council. Earlier this month he was named as the government's preferred candidate to take over as chairman of the Environment Agency, as previously reported.

Other leading civil engineers to be recognised include Richard Coackley, URS director and past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who gets a CBE forr services to Civil Engineering.

Edward Stevens, chairman of the National Self Build Association receives an OBE for services to housing in England

Steven Iles, head of highways and parking services, London Borough of Croydon receives a MBE for services to the community and businesses during emergency flooding operations of 2014.

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Builders’ merchant Phill Brown, managing director and founder of Benchmark Building Supplies and chair of the Tameside Enterprise Board, gets an MBE for services to business in northwest England.

There is also an MBE for David Smith, board member of Robust Details Ltd and president of the Consortium of European Building Control, for services to building control and voluntary service in Suffolk.

Two Crossrail employees received recognition. Valerie Todd, is Crossrail’s talent and resources director, received a CBE. She is also a commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment & Skills. Her award recognises her work to address the skills shortfall within the construction and engineering industry including her role setting up the The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford in 2011.

Michael Heduan, Crossrail’s lorry driver training programme manager, is given an MBE for his work. He has seen more than 7,000 drivers trained in road safety skills and has also put cyclists in the driver’s seat as part of the Exchanging Places programme giving them a greater understanding of blind spots experienced by lorry drivers.

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