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Former ICE director general Nick Baveystock awarded OBE in King’s birthday honours

17 June 2023

The award was made for services to engineering.

Former ICE director general Nick Baveystock awarded OBE in King’s birthday honours
Former ICE director general Nick Baveystock has been awarded an OBE.

Former ICE director general and secretary Nick Baveystock, who stepped down from the role earlier this year, has been recognised with an OBE in the King’s birthday honours.

Baveystock spent 11 years at the helm of the ICE, shaping the infrastructure sector in the UK and internationally.

He was cited for having grown the ICE’s global membership, improving the diversity of the civil engineering sector, and promoting the benefits of professionally qualifying more of the infrastructure workforce.

His tenure was marked with a significantly increased focus on sustainable, resilient infrastructure, while championing a systems-led approach to infrastructure planning.

He was also credited for overseeing the publication of the ICE’s National Needs Assessment, which formed the blueprint for the 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, setting the strategic direction of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Under his stewardship, the ICE led the industry’s response to the Grenfell tragedy, calling for better reporting systems and a greater focus on safety, culminating in the release of the In Plain Sight report.

His charitable work supporting the strategic decision-making of local charities was also recognised.

He was instrumental in helping raise almost £3m to support the nation’s most disadvantaged veterans as an active member of the Royal British Legion Industries Centenary Village Development board.

'Richly deserved'

ICE President Keith Howells said: "I am delighted that Nick has been recognised in the King’s birthday honours.

"His service to the industry cannot be overstated, having overseen some of the most influential infrastructure programmes in recent memory, such as the National Needs Assessment, the In Plain Sight report, and ensuring good governance of major infrastructure projects through development of the NEC contract.

"Under his guidance, the institution has put working with industry to tackle climate change at the forefront of all its work.

"His award is richly deserved."

Dr Janet Young awarded CBE

Current director general Dr Janet Young was also honoured in this year’s awards, receiving a CBE for public service.

She left her role as Government Head of Property Profession Cabinet Office to join the ICE earlier this year.

Other members of the ICE also recognised were:

  • Professor Paliarkarakadu Basheer, chair in structural engineering at the University of Leeds, was awarded a CBE for services to civil engineering.
  • Roy Brannen, interim director general of net zero, energy and transport for the Scottish Government, was awarded a CBE for services to Transport in Scotland on the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, non-members who work in infrastructure were also honoured, including:


Clive Andrew Maxwell CBE, lately director general, High Speed Rail Group, Department for Transport, or services to rail transport.


Professor Paul Michael Newman, professor in information engineering, University of Oxford, for services to Technology and Engineering.


Peter Anthony Davies OBE, chair of Smart Energy Code Panel, for services to the energy industry and net zero emissions.

Julia Elizabeth Nolan, lately deputy director, international climate strategy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for services to international climate diplomacy.


Dr Mark McBride-Wright, founder and CEO of Equal Engineers, for services to diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering. 

  • Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE