NEW YEAR'S honours this year saw Arup deputy chairman Nigel Thompson and Amec chief executive Peter Mason both knighted for their activities in promoting UK overseas trade.
Thompson's work came to attention when he was chairman of the UK government backed private sector task force for the reconstruction of Kosovo in 1999. This role later expanded in 2000 to include vital work in Serbia and Montenegro.
Mason has also made great efforts to raise the profile of UK engineering and construction firms abroad as a board member of the public/private trade body British Trade International.
Civil engineers joining Mason and Thompson on the honours roll call include chairman of the Southall rail accident inquiry Professor John Uff QC, who received a CBE for his services to rail safety. CBEs also went to Malcolm Brinded for services to the oil and gas industry, and to British Standard Institution director for standards David Lazenby.
Babtie Group executive director Alan Harcourt Craig was awarded an OBE for services to transportation. Fellow OBEs are Durham County Council head of highway management services Roger Elphick and Highways Agency area manager Alan Mellors. Institute of Road Transport Engineers council member Brian Veale was made an MBE.
Construction Industry Training Board chairman James Rowland received a CBE and Steel Industry National Training Organisation chairman John Palmer an OBE for their services to education and training.
An OBE also went to British Nuclear Fuels executive director for operations Susan Ion for services to the nuclear industry Paul Finch, publishing director of NCE 's sister title the Architects Journal and vice chairman of the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.
Nicholas Grimshaw, the architect behind the Eden Botanical Project and Waterloo International Rail Terminal was also knighted.