Chris Bielby, a director at Horley-based Southern Gas Networks (SGN), has been made an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The award is in recognition for services to gas safety.
Mr Bielby has spent the past 25 years lobbying and canvassing support for gas safety issues, particularly around carbon monoxide.
He joined the industry in 1972, starting out as a gas engineer before moving into other operational and senior managerial roles.
Mr Bielby said: “I’m delighted and honoured by the announcement. It hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It’s a great reflection of all the people I’ve had around me since the start of my career.
“It’s the experts and professionals who have helped me get this recognition.
“It’s fantastic that gas safety has been recognised in this way.