Public sector figures dominate list of those awarded gongs for services to the built environment

Veteran quantity surveyor Paul Morrell led the private sector construction and regeneration gongs in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.

Morrell led a list that was otherwise largely dominated by public sector employees working in regeneration particularly. Recently retired Paul Morrell was formerly deputy chairman of design watchdog Cabe and a senior partner at quantity surveyor Davis Langdon.

He received an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment.

Other notable gongs included Richard McCarthy, director-general of Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government, who was awarded the CBE along with Robert Upton, secretary-general of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Gideon Amos, Chief Executive of planning and housing charity the Town and Country Planning Association was awarded the OBE for services to sustainable development. Val Lowman, managing director of Bovis Lend Lease’s not-for-profit arm Be Onsite and key backer of the new Construction & Built Environment Diploma also received an OBE.

Other industry figures awarded New Year’s honours are listed below.


  • Peter Dixon, former Housing Corporation chairman. For services to the housing sector.
  • John Madejski, Reading FC chairman and entrepreneur behind the £400m redevelopment of the Station Hill site in Reading. For services to charity.


  • Bryan Mark Gray, MBE, chairman, North West Regional Development Agency. For service to business and to the community in the North West.
  • Robert Holden, chief executive, London and Continental Railways Ltd. For service the rail industry
  • Terence Morgan, chief executive, Tube Lines Chief. For service to public transport.
  • Nicholas Paul, chair of regional development agency Advantage West Midlands. For service to business.
  • Deborah Shackleton, chief executive of The Riverside Housing Group. For service to the housing sector.


  • Keith Barwell, chair, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. For services to local government.
  • Professor Martin Cave, director, Centre for Management under Regulation Warwick Bus School and author of a key report into regulation of social housing. For public service
  • Professor Marcial Hernan Echenique, head of architecture, Cambridge University, For services to Urban and Regional Planning
  • Edward Norman King, lately principal technical policy adviser, sustainable buildings division, Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • Peter James Rankin, legal adviser, Belfast Buildings Preservation Trust.
  • Joanne Roney, lately executive director, neighbourhoods and community care, Sheffield City Council, former director of housing. For services to Local Government.
  • Professor David Mark Shucksmith, professor of planning, Newcastle University.
  • Carole Snee, for services to urban regeneration in East London.
  • Geoff Snow, for services to the construction industry and to apprenticeships in Wales. He is a member of ConstructionSkills council.


  • Christine Boyle, managing director, Lawell Asphalt Roofing. For services to women's enterprises in Northern Ireland.
  • Sarah Castro, community safety manager, Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association. For services to tackling antisocial behaviour
  • Sandra Forsythe, chair of the board of Glasgow Housing Association. For services to social housing in Glasgow.
  • Barry Albert Haseltine, a consultant engineer, for services to the construction industry.
  • Peter Handle, chief executive, Saint Gobain Distribution UK. For services to the building industry and to charity.
  • Terry Lazenby, chairman of Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, for services to skills and training.
  • Thomas Harley Sherlock. For services to architecture, conservation and to the community in Islington, London.
  • Carole Wendland, senior executive officer, Low Cost Home Ownership Division, Department for Communities and Local Government.