Terry Morgan knighted

Terry Morgan CBE, Crossrail's chairman has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to UK Infrastructure, Skills and Employment.

Morgan became chair of Crossrail in 2009, the same year he was awarded a CBE for services to the railway sector. 

Before joining Crossrail, Morgan had made his mark in delivering world class infrastructure as chief executive at Tube Lines, A PPP company contracted to maintain and upgrade the tube’s infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Previously to that, Morgan has held senior positions at a number of engineering firms, including group managing director, operations, BAE Systems and managing director (Land Rover), Rover Group.

Down to earth and plain speaking, Morgan started his own illustrious career as an apprentice at the Lucas Girling factory in Cwmbran in Wales and soon converted to a student apprentice to learn engineering skills. After completing a master’s degree in engineering production and management, he switched over to British Leyland, quickly being promoted to operational management roles, before moving the Rover Group.  

As a former engineering apprentice himself, the value of bringing young people into our sector through this route has not been lost on Morgan who set into procurement policy at Crossrail the need for firms to take on engineering in both contracting and consultancy. 

As of April 2016 Crossrail had created 550 apprentices – far exceeding the target it set itself. This extraordinary success caught the eye of Secretary of State, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, who asked him to develop the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy, published in January 2016. The government has a pledge to create 30,000 new rail and road apprenticeships by 2020. He continues his educational and training role as the chairman of HS2 College Governing Body. Morgan sits on the ACE Editorial Advisory Board and is the past President of the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

Last month he was the recipient of the ACE Ambassador Award, presented periodically to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. 

Other awards:

Polly Courtice, LVO Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership became a dame, for services to sustainability leadership. 

John Jeffrey Parkinson, Director - Motoring, Freight and London and Chair, The Ability Network, Department for Transport, was awarded a CBE for services to transport and diversity in the Workplace.

OBE’s went to . Professor Prof Cliff Hague, Emeritus Professor, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University, for services to planning and Dr Stephen Huntington Freng, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, HR Wallingford, for services to Engineering and Environmental Hydraulics, was also a awarded an OBE.

Paul Malcolm Stonebanks Managing Director, AIS Group was also awarded an OBE for services to Manufacturing and Skills in the Offshore and Renewable Sectors.

Neil Thomas, founder of 2012 Olympics opening ceremony engineer Atelier One received an OBE also.Thomas, who established the structural engineering firm in 1989, received his award for services to architecture, design and engineering. He was named a fellow of the RIBA in 2014.

Dawn Bonfield, chief executive of the Women's Engineering Society received an MBE for the promotion of diversity in engineering.

Mark Peter Jones, City and Regeneration Policy Manager, Hull City Council. For services to Investment and Regeneration in Hull, received an MBE.