Former Crossrail programme director among construction figures honoured

More than half a dozen construction industry figures have been honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Andrew Mitchell, the former programme director for Crossrail and current chief executive of Thames Tideway Tunnel, was awarded a CBE for services to civil engineering.

Also honoured with the title was Geoff French (pictured), the current vice president of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and former chairman of engineering consultant Scott Wilson, for services to civil engineers.

In addition, four industry figures received an OBE, including three women. Judy Lowe, deputy chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) was given the award for services to construction, particularly women in construction.

Michael Williams, formerly Her Majesty’s principal inspector for health and safety, was honoured with the title for services to health and safety in construction.

Other industry figures to be honoured included:

  • Emer Murnaghan, head of business improvement at civil engineer Graham Construction, was awarded an OBE for services to the civil engineering profession and further education in Northern Ireland
  • Gill Riley, co-founder and managing director of crane specialist GGR Group, was also awarded an OBE for services to construction
  • Malcolm Ellis was awarded an MBE for services to the building and construction industry and to the community and charity in West Yorkshire