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Lowe awarded OBE for services to women in construction

Construction training guru and equality champion Judy Lowe has been recognised in the queen’s birthday honours list.

Lowe, former deputy chair of the Construction Industry Training Board, was yesterday made officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE).

She was recognised for services to the construction industry, particularly to women in construction.

Lowe, who hosted events and wrote in national newspapers to encourage women into construction, left the training board last autumn.

Former ICE president and Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French was awarded commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE).

French, currently president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, was recognised for services to civil engineering.

Andrew Mitchell, programme director of Crossrail, was also awarded a CBE for services to civil engineering.

Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive at Sustrans, received a CBE for services to transport and the environment.

Emer Murnaghan, head of business improvement at Graham Construction, was awarded an OBE for services to the civil engineering profession and further education in Northern Ireland.

Peter Quaite, member of the ICE and the Corps of Royal Engineers, also received an OBE.

Jack Byron Boyer, chairman at Ilika Technologies, was awarded an OBE for services to science and engineering.

Julia Simpson, West Thames area manager at the Environment Agency, became member of the order of the British Emprire (MBE) for services to communities at risk of flooding.

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