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Manchester airport chief picks up top New Year's Honour

MANCHESTER AIRPORT chief executive Geoffrey Muirhead and leading consultant Sam Thorburn last week headed the list of civil engineers to receive commendations in the New Year's Honours list.

ICE Fellow Muirhead received a CBE for services to aviation. He was closely involved with the extension of Manchester Airport and construction of its new runway in the late 1990s.

Thorburn (F) who is currently chairman of the Building Standards Advisory Committee was awarded a CBE for his services to construction and engineering.

ICE vice president Jean Venables (F) received an OBE for services to flood defence and K Home Engineering chairman and chief executive while ICE Fellow Kenneth Home also received an OBE for services to business in the Tees Valley.

Donald Courten (F) received an MBE for services to education and the community in the West Midlands.

North Yorkshire County Council team leader John Hunt (M) picked up an MBE for services to bridge restoration and Royal Engineer Alistair Boyle got an MBE.

Chris Jago, managing director of Union Railways (South), was awarded a CBE for his services to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Jago oversaw the completion of section one of the CTRL on time and within budget last September.

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