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ICE Past President Peter Hansford receives CBE

03 January 2020

The ICE Fellow received a CBE for services to innovation in civil engineering in the Queen's New Year's Honours. 

ICE Past President Peter Hansford receives CBE

ICE Fellow and Past President Peter Hansford FREng FICE FAPM has received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list after a long and distinguished career in civil engineering.

During his career he has held senior appointments at every level including as chief construction adviser to the government from 2012 until 2015 and served as ICE President in 2011.

Peter also served as Chairman of Engineers Without Borders UK from 2011 until 2017, a charity which seeks to bring people, ideas and engineering together to respond to the world’s most pressing problems.

A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Peter has been one of the industry's most influential champions of change throughout his career.

More recently, he has led an ICE-commissioned investigation into the potential vulnerabilities in our economic infrastructure. Published following the Grenfell tragedy the resulting report, In Plain Sight makes recommendations which, when enacted, will help to mitigate the risk of infrastructure failure across the built environment.

Watch a video below of Peter explaining his vision for the future and the integration of digital into infrastructure projects.

ICE President Paul Sheffield said:

“Peter Hansford has given a lifetime of service to civil engineering and ICE is delighted this has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. His expertise is valued internationally, and he has advised on almost every major UK project in the last ten years. He is, and has consistently been, one of the industry’s most energetic and influential champions of change and is a leading authority on best practice in project delivery.

“Most recently, he has chaired ICE's In Plain Sight Working Group, which has reviewed the safety of UK infrastructure. This bold, imaginative and forward-looking programme is being implemented across engineering and will revolutionise the way in which professional engineers operate.

“Peter deserves this formal award for his sustained and utterly selfless contributions over a long and distinguished career. He is an inspiration to the next generation of engineers, who now follow in his considerable footsteps.”

Other honours recipients

Others in the engineering industry to receive honours included:

  • Professor Colin Gareth Bailey - President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London. For services to Engineering
  • Caroline Hargrove FREng - Chief Technology Officer, Babylon Health. For services to Engineering
  • Professor John Ernest Nolan - Lately Chairman, Construction Industry Council and President, Institution of Structural Engineers. For services to Structural Engineering and the Construction Industry
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem - Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering. For services to International Engineering
  • Dawn Rebecca Fitt - Engineering Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator, Bedford College. For services to Training, Inclusion and Diversity in Engineering
  • Olanike Adefemi Folayan - Co-founder, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK. For services to Diversity in Engineering
  • Yewande Modupe Mayomi-Akinola - Principal Engineer, Laing O'Rourke. For services to Engineering and Diversity in STEM Design and Innovation

Former ICE Vice President, Brian Crossley was also honoured for services to the Craft of Chair Caning.

Former ICE 200 Director Ginny Greenwood was also awarded an MBE for services to charity. Ginny was instrumental in delivering a host of activities across the world to celebrate ICE’s 200th anniversary in 2018. We are pleased to see she has been recognised for three decades of commitment to the non-profit sector.

ICE congratulates them all on their well-deserved honours.

  • Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE