Sir John Parker FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been awarded the GBE “for services to industry and the voluntary sector” in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir John was the sole recipient of The Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the most senior grade of the five classes of the Order of the British Empire.

Congratulations to Sir John and our other Fellows who were recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list:

Knights Bachelor – Knighthoods

- Professor James McDonald FREng, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde. For services to Education, Engineering and the Economy.

- Professor Michael Sterling FREng, Chairman, STFC. For services to Higher Education, Science and Engineering.

Order of the British Empire – Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire – GBE

- Sir John Parker FREng, Chairman, Anglo American. For services to Industry and to the Voluntary sector.

Order of the British Empire – Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

- Professor Julia King CBE FREng, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University. For services to Higher Education and Technology.

Order of the British Empire – Commanders of the Order of the British Empire – CBE

- Dr Michael Short FREng, President, Research and Development, Telefonica Europe/O2. For services to the Mobile Communications Industry.

- Colin Smith FREng, Director, Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc. For services to UK Engineering.

Order of the British Empire – Officer of the Order of the British Empire – OBE

- Dr Norman Apsley FREng, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Science Park. For services to Science and Economic Development.

- Dr Dougal Goodman FREng, Chief Executive, The Foundation for Science and Technology. For services to Science.

- Professor Ian Shanks FREng FRS FRSE, Chairman, Science Advisory Group for the National Physical Laboratory. For services to Innovation.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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