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Registrants recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours List

Published: 05/07/2023

King's Birthday Honours 2023Several Engineering Council registrants and engineering colleagues have been recognised in the 2023 Birthday Honours List. The UK Honours system recognises the extraordinary achievements and service of individuals. The recent King’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 Engineering Council would like to congratulate all the registrants who have been honoured this year: 

Knight Bachelor

  • Professor Sir Iain Gilmour Gray KBE CEng FRSE FRAeS FREng
    Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University. For services to the Aerospace Industry

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)

  • Adrian Duncan Baguley CB CEng MIMechE FREng
    Deputy Chief Executive and Director General Strategic Enablers, Defence Equipment and Support. For services to Defence.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Roy Brannen CBE CEng FICE FCIHT
    Director General, Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Scottish Government. For services to Transport in Scotland on the Demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Professor Vincent Francis Fusco CBE DSC BSc PhD CEng FRS FIET FREng
    Professor, High Frequency Electronic Engineering, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast. For services to Science and to Engineering
  • Professor Julia Alison Noble CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) CEng FRS FIET FWES FREng 
    Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford. For services to Engineering and Biomedical Imaging

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Nicholas Guy Baveystock OBE CEng FICE FInstRE DL
    Director General and Secretary, Institution of Civil Engineers. For services to Engineering
  • Hugh Dunlop Gillies OBE CEng MICE
    For services to Transport in Scotland on the Demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Neil Arthur Kermode OBE CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM C.WEM
    Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre. For services to Renewable Energy and to the community in Orkney
  • Neil Andrew Redit OBE CEng MRAeS
    Senior Principal Engineer, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence
  • Michael Straughan OBE CEng FIET
    For services to the British Automotive Industry
  • Kevin Brendan Taylor OBE CEng FIET
    Chair, Industrial Development Advisory Board. For services to Business and to the Economy

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • EUR ING Professor David Alan Cooper MBE BSc (Hons) MSc MPhil CEng MIMechE FIET FCGI FCIBSE FSOE
    For services to Lift and Escalator Engineering
  • Caroline Marie Hamilton MBE CEng MIMechE
    Chief Executive, Safety Assessment Federation. For services to Business and to Engineering
  • Stewart Andrew Leggett MBE CEng MCIHT
    Interim Director for Roads, Transport Scotland. For services in Scotland on the Demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Dr Mark McBride-Wright MBE CEng MIChemE
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EqualEngineers. For services to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Engineering
  • Lorna Marie Millington MBE CEng MIGEM
    Future Networks Manager, Cadent Gas. For services to Business and to the Environment
  • Professor Eva Sorensen MBE MSc MA PhD CEng CSci FIChemE FHEA
    Professor, Chemical Engineering, University College London. For services to Education and Chemical Engineering

Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Reginald Roy Pierce BEM CEng MIET
    Lately Chair, Business Radio Council, Federation of Communication Services. For services to Business and Radio Communications

Trustees and staff of the Engineering Council would also like to congratulate Dr Janet Young CBE, Director General and Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and lately Government Head of Property Profession, Cabinet Office, who was recognised for Public Service.

The King’s Birthday Honours List 2023 can be found on the government's website.


For press enquiries:
Helen Potts, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0568

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:


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