London 2012 construction effort recognised with several honours

Zaha Hadid was among several construction figures to be honoured for their roles in the London 2012 construction effort in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Olympic aquatics centre architect and double Stirling prize-winner Hadid was named a Dame, adding to her CBE.

OBEs were also awarded to several other key Olympic figures, including Ian Galloway, programme director and chief executive at Olympic delivery partner CLM and Lorraine Baldry the chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority planning committee.

Jerome Frost, head of design and regeneration, Simon Wright, director of infrastructure and utilities and Lawrence Waterman, head of health and safety at the ODA also received OBEs.

Other honours included –


  • Dr Peter William Bonfield, chief executive of BRE for services to research and Innovation in the construction industry.
  • Milica Kitson, chief executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales for services to construction
  • Alison Perry, managing director of Triangle Builders in Liverpool and chair of the National Federation of Builders, for services to construction
  • Gary Sullivan, managing director construction services at Wilson James and chairman, Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership, for services to the regeneration of the Thames Gateway South Essex
  • Dr Bhaskar Sengupta, reader in civil engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, for services to higher education and international environmental research
  • Ian Galloway; programme director and CEO at CLM Delivery Partner, for services to the construction industry.
  • David Gilbert; director of regeneration at Carmarthenshire County Council, for services to regeneration and skills and to the community in West Wales
  • Milica Kitson; Constructing Excellence CEO, for services to the construction industry in Wales.
  • Alison Perry; managing director of Triangle Builders Ltd and Chair of the National Federation of Builders, for services to the construction industry
  • Simon Wright; director of infrastructure and utilities at the Olympic Delivery Authority, for services to the construction industry
  • Jerome Frost; head of design and regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority, for services to regeneration


  • Martyn Lass, enabling works project manager for London 2012, Atkins, for services to construction.
  • Robert Hegan for services to economic development and to the construction industry in Northern Ireland.
  • Francesca Berriman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), for services to the architectural technology profession
  • Dr Lori Barbara McElroy; Director, Sust, for services to Sustainable Building Design

Commenting on her honour, chair of the NFB Alison Perry said: “I am very honoured and delighted to have been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the construction industry.

“As I come towards the end of my year as chair, I have been privileged to represent such an amazing profession, and such dedicated members. We all want to play our part in improving the built environment, in harnessing new technologies and innovation and in working towards a sustainable future. Many of the members I have spent the past year meeting, are doing just that, and in very difficult conditions.

“As Chair, it gave me great pleasure to meet many of our members throughout 2011 and to be able to represent them at the highest levels of influence, including at Number 10 Downing Street. I am proud that the NFB is at the forefront of influence and is able to lead on the changes required to support the industry and also the economy. Government, the media and policy makers all recognise the importance of our views and concerns and I am certain that these are being listened to.

“While I am honoured and privileged to have been chosen for this award, I could not have achieved anything without the team effort of the construction industry to pull together and work for the common good. I intend to continue to support fellow builders and contractors to maintain that voice. It’s an honour for me, for the industry and for the NFB.”