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Engineers receive New Year’s Honours

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The work of some of the UK’s leading engineers has been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.

Transport for London’s director of asset management for surface transport, Dana Skelley (pictured), has been awarded an OBE for services to transport in London.

She was the first woman to be named Surveyor/ICE Municipals Engineer of the Year and currently leads a team of around 500. She has overseen some major engineering schemes as part of TfL’s £4bn Road Modernisation Plan was also one of the leaders of the 100 Years of Women in Transport campaign, which celebrates the role of women in the industry.

She said: “It’s an immense privilege to receive this honour, which I hope will encourage more women to consider a career in transport, including engineering. Women are increasingly playing an important role in major projects across London, and with more companies now offering young people apprentice and graduate opportunities, together we can help ensure the Capital continues to grow and prosper.”

Highways Term Maintenance Association executive director Geoff Allister has been awarded an OBE for services to highway engineering in Northern Ireland.

He said: “I am surprised and delighted to receive this award. I have been privileged to work with a number of inspirational and dedicated professionals across the UK in HTMA, CIHT and Roads Service. I believe this award recognises both their achievements, and the importance of highways and transportation to our society.”

BuroHappold founding partner and former chairman Rod Macdonald has also been awarded an OBE for services to consultancy and engineering.

In addition, the Renewable Energy Association chief executive Nina Skorupska has been awarded a CBE for services to renewables and also equality in the energy industry, through her work with the WISE Campaign.

High Speed 1 chief executive Nicola Shaw has also been awarded a CBE for services to transport.

Fiona Alfred, executive director of the Association of Women in Property, has been awarded an OBE for services to women in the property and construction industry.

Lieutenant colonel Gavin Paul Hatcher of the Corps of Royal Engineers was awarded an OBE. 

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust vice-president John Victor Laverick secured an MBE for voluntary service to waterways management and restoration.




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