Others named on the list include new Crossrail chair Tony Meggs

James wates cbe

Wates chairman James Wates has been knighted for his services to both business and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Wates (pictured), 59, was previously honoured in 2012 with a CBE for services to the construction and the charitable sector.

He joined the Wates Group Board in 1997 and was appointed chairman in 2013.

Wates said: “Being involved with our family business, the Wates Group, has enabled me to work with some extraordinary people and teams.

“I love what I do and am passionate about our industry. The built environment has a positive impact on people’s lives and their communities, so what we do is profoundly important.”

Others from the construction sector who were named in the Honours include new Crossrail chair Tony Meggs, who was recognised for public service and Arcadis’ lead strategic planning consultant Louise Brooke-Smith who received an OBE for services to the built environment and diversity and inclusion.

Honours in the construction sector


Simon Blanchflower, major programme director for Thameslink until last year and new chief executive of the East West Rail Company. For services to the railway

Stuart Crooks, managing director at Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy. For services to nuclear energy

Susan Percy, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. For services to transport

Companion of the Order of the Bath

Anthony Meggs, new chairman of Crossrail and latterly the chief of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. For public service


Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, lead strategic planning consultant at Arcadis. For services to the built environment, diversity and inclusion

Steven Douglasgroup chief executive officer at Altair. For services to the housing industry

Dr Anne Kemp, technical director at Atkins and chair of UK BIM Alliance. For services to digital construction innovation

Lucy Musgrave, founding director of Publica Associates. For services to architecture and the built environment

Alan Roy Yates, deputy chief executive, Accord Housing Association. For services to housing