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New Year 2015 Honours List

WSP senior civil engineer Claire Gott has been awarded an MBE for services to civil engineering and charitable work in Cameroon, as part of the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours List.

Ms Gott is a part of the design management team working on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, where WSP is the designer in a joint venture with Hyder.

She also co-founded Cameroon Catalyst, an international development charity that delivers community-led infrastructure projects, in 2009 while at the University of Southampton.

In the past five years Cameroon Catalyst’s work in the Bambouti region has built a medical centre, a carpentry and mechanical skills workshop, a primary school, an electricity hub and new housing.

Ms Gott said: “I’m passionate about engineering and Cameroon Catalyst because it allows me to make a positive difference to people’s lives - the projects we work on help to end extreme poverty and create lasting change for rural communities in the country.  I hope this award acts as motivation to others, particularly women, to start thinking about a career in a STEM-related role.” 

TrustMark chairman Liz Male was also appointed a MBE in recognition of services to construction and consumer protection.

Ms Male has promoted consumer protection issues within the construction industry for over 20 years. Following a long career in public relations and marketing in property and construction, she set up her own PR agency, Liz Male Consulting, in 2001 and was a consultant to TrustMark when it first launched in 2005.

In addition to running her PR business and her non-executive work as chairman of TrustMark, Liz is an active fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a trustee of the National Energy Foundation.

Ms Male said: “It is a huge honour to receive this recognition for services to construction and consumer protection. TrustMark was set up with the government to give homeowners a safe and easy way to find quality, reliable tradesmen for all work in and around the home. It’s a scheme I have believed in from the very start because TrustMark is a badge that is earned, not just bought.  

“Every week I hear inspiring stories of TrustMark-registered firms that have gone out of their way to do great work for their customers. They are the people who deserve our greatest respect and praise, and they are the firms I will continue to champion.”

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deputy chief executive Kevin Myers was also recognised, and was awarded a CBE for services to occupational safety and health some 38 years after joining HSE as a trainee factory inspector in 1976.

Mr Myers has held a number roles within the organisation following a range of operational posts in the field in London, East Anglia and the South-west.

In May 2005 Mr Myers became director of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID), with responsibility for regulation of various “major hazard” sectors including the onshore chemical industry, offshore oil and gas, high-pressure gas storage and distribution, explosives, mining and biological agents. In October 2008, he was appointed HSE’s deputy chief executive to oversee the work of its FOD, HID and Nuclear Safety divisions.

Mr Myers said: “It is a real honour and privilege to be recognised in this way. I see it as much as recognition of the important work of HSE as me personally. I’m pleased that awareness and standards of safety and health have improved so much over the years. But there’s still much to be done – we need to get people to focus on real health and safety issues rather than the urban ‘‘elf ‘n safety’ myths proliferated in some quarters.”

CBEs have also been awarded to Bam Nuttall chief executive Stephen Fox, Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie and former Kier chief executive Paul Sheffield, who is now managing director for Laing O’Rourke’s European Hub.

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