JOE DWYER, president of the ICE, was awarded a knighthood this week in the Queen's birthday honours list, the first sitting president to be given the honour for 36 years.
Dwyer was officially recognised in the list as president of the ICE and for his services to Liverpool Vision, the regeneration company set up to transform the city with a £2bn revamp. The last president to be knighted in office was Sir Robert Wynne-Edwards in 1965.
Having worked for contractor Wimpey for his entire career, eventually leading the firm as chief executive in 1991 and retiring as chairman in 1999, Dwyer said: 'It is a very pleasant surprise but I would like to think it also recognises my 45 years in construction.'
Dwyer also pointed out that although the award is satisfying for him personally, being recognised while in ICE office is marvellous for the profession.
'Hopefully it will help to raise the profile of civil engineering in general, ' he said, vowing to spend the remaining months of his time in office doing just that.
Also on the list were CBE's for David Green, executive vice president of the Freight Transport Association; Richard Saxon, chairman of the Building Design Partnership, for his services to construction procurement; and Kevin Lasbury (M), divisional director of the Highways Agency.
Zara Lamont (G), director of the Government's Construction Best Practice Programme, was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry, as was George Leslie (F). John Pike (F), lately chairman of Greater Nottingham TEC, was recognised for services to education.
Dr David Hamilton Clark, director of research and innovation at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, was also awarded an OBE for services to research, as was John Phillips (M) for his services to agriculture in Wales. In the military honours Lt Col Kenneth Reader (AM) received an OBE.
MBEs went to Richard Francis (M), area manager of the Environment Agency, Dr Michael Horner (F), managing director of Bullen & Partners for services to flood defence, Charles Shepherd (M), lately water manager with North of Scotland Water Authority, and Raymond Cox for services to the Health & Safety Commission's advisory committee on dangerous substances.