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Registrants recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Published: 13/06/2022

Collection of four medals on red ribbonsThe UK Honours system recognises the extraordinary achievements and service of individuals. The recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List includes a number of registrants. The engineers included on this list work in many different fields and specialisms, but have all achieved distinguished contributions to the UK.  

By becoming professionally registered, all Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech) have demonstrated their competence and commitment against an internationally recognised standard. This includes a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession, and the environment.

The Chair, trustees and staff of the Engineering Council would also like to congratulate Dr Alice Bunn, CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and Director of the UK Space Agency, on being awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). This was in recognition of her services to the UK Space Sector and Charity services.                 

The Chair, trustees and staff of the Engineering Council would like to congratulate all the registrants who have been honoured this year: 

Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)       

  • Dame Susan Ion DBE GBE CEng FREng HonFIMMM HonFEI
    Lately Chair, Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, and Honorary President, National Skills Academy for Nuclear. For services to Engineering             

Commander of the Order of the British Empire  (CBE)

  • Professor Paul Layzell CBE DL CEng FBCS
    Principal, Royal Holloway, University of London. For services to Higher Education and Technology
  • Professor Aled Phillips CBE CEng MICE
    Professor of Nephrology, Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. For services to Renal Medicine
  • Professor Mary Ryan CBE BSc MSc PhD CEng FREng FIMMM
    Armourers and Brasiers' Chair in Materials Science, Department of Materials, Imperial College. For services to Education and to Materials Science and Engineering
  • Paul Stein CBE CEng FIET
    Chairman, Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor Consortium. For services to the Economy       
  • Vincent Walsh CBE CEng MCIBSE
    Deputy Director, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence    
  • Professor Stephen Young CBE CEng FIET FREng
    Professor of Information Engineering, Information Engineering Division, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. For services to Software Engineering

 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Dr Alice Bunn OBE CEng MIMechE
    Lately Director, UK Space Agency. For services to the UK Space Sector and to Charity    
  • Nigel Keery OBE CEng FIHEEM MCIBSE
    Head of Estates Operations, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Public Health      
  • Professor Simon Peyton Jones OBE CEng FBCS
    Chair, Computing At School and National Centre for Computing Education. For services to Education and to Computer Science   

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)          

  • Professor Gillian Armstrong MBE CEng MIET
    Professor of Business Education and Director, Business Engagement Unit, Ulster University. For services to Higher Education and Business              
  • Roxane Heaton MBE CEng MIET
    For services to Digital Technology during Covid-19     
  • Colin Rodham MBE CEng MICE
    Senior Officer, Environment Agency. For services to Flood Risk Management in the Yorkshire Region    

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022 can be found on the government’s website.

For press enquiries:    

Kate Webster, Engineering Council – 3206 0567

The Engineering Council was incorporated by Royal Charter in November 1981 to regulate the engineering profession in the UK. This is our 40th year of setting and maintaining standards, to ensure that society continues to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession.

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: