London Underground's Waboso tops New Year's Honour list

London Underground's director of capital programmes David Waboso topped the Queen's 2014 New Year's Honours list with a CBE for his longstanding service to transport in the capital.

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Waboso joined London Underground in 2005 to spearhead a renewed focus on engineering excellence across the organisation. Over the last eight years he has revamped engineering standards adn procurement across the £1.3bn a year investment programme most recently introducing the radical Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement process seen on the recently let Bank Station upgrade project.

Throughout his career Waboso has been engaged in bringing some of the most significant improvement to bear on the capital's Tube system including turning around the Docklands Light Railway, rescing the overcost and over programme Jubilee Line Extension and bringing back in-house the once privated Metronet and Tubelines businesses.

Waboso will join the Infrastructure Intelligence team as a regular columnist from next month

Also awarded CBE in this year's list was Paul Skinner, chairman of the Treasury backed Infrastructure UK organisation, for his services to UK infrastructure and business and Nicholas Winser, executive director of UK National Grid for his services to the UK energy industry.

Among other awards for infrastructure was a British Empire Medal to recognise the work of Eve Farraud, executive assistant to Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts, for services to the construction industry. Having started work with CIC as a temp for one week and she has now been on the Council's staff for sixteen years as a highly valued member of the management team.

The list of 2014 infrastructure awards included:


Nigel Charles Annett. Managing director, Welsh Water. For services to the Water Industry in Wales and voluntary service to Wateraid. (Brecon, Powys)

Professor Helen Valerie Atkinson. Chair, Metals Processing and head, Department of Engineering, University of Leicester. For services to Engineering and Education. (Bedfordshire) 

Iain Gilmour Gray. Chief Executive Officer, Technology Strategy Board. For services to Science, Technology and Innovation. (Bristol)

James Trevor Haslett. Chief executive Officer, NI Water. For services to the Water Industry in Northern Ireland and voluntary service to the community. (Newtownards, Down)

Ms Cressida Mary (Mrs Legge) Hogg. Managing Partner, 3i. For services to Infrastructure Investment and Policy. (London)

Paul David Skinner. Chairman, Infrastructure UK. For services to Business and Infrastructure. (London)

David Gogo Waboso. Director, Capital Programmes, London Underground. For services to Transport in London. (London)

Nicholas Paul Winser. Executive director, UK National Grid. For services to the UK Energy Industry. (Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire)


Ms Colette Carroll. Deputy director, Rail Group Development, Department for Transport. For services to the Rail Industry. (London)

John Victor Doggart. Founder, SEA, and Co-Founder, ECD. For services to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency. (London)

Richard Alan Rose. Formerly A2L, Private Sector Development and National Infrastructure Team, Department for International Development. For services to Infrastructure in Afghanistan. (St. Albans, Hertfordshire)


Ronald Ayers. For services to Engineering. (Esher, Surrey)

Clifford Roy Billington. Technical director, J&P Building Systems. For services to the Construction Industry. (West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire)

Mrs Louise Brearey. Head, London 2012 Games Team, Health and Safety Executive. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and voluntary service to Young People in Sport. (Saffron Walden, Essex)

Iain Brown. Infrastructure Support manager Afghanistan, KBR. For services to the Armed Forces and the Defence Industry. (Argyll and Bute)

Kevin McCloud. Television Presenter, Grand Designs. For services to Sustainable Design and Energy Saving Property Refurbishment. (London)

Mrs Lesley Ann Potts. Senior manager, PWC. For services to Energy Efficiency and the Green Deal and voluntary service through Changing Faces. (Mansewood, Glasgow)

Dr Deborah Anne Pullen. Director, Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network and Group Research director, BRE. For services to Innovation and Knowledge Transfer. (Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire)

British Empire medal

Eve Farraud. For services to the construction industry. 

Martin John Weiler. Devon and Cornwall Area manager, Environment Agency. For services to the community in the South West. (Exeter, Devon) 


Timothy Charles Clark. President, Emirates Airline, Dubai, UAE. For services to British prosperity and to the Aviation Industry

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