Engineer behind the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) and many other major international infrastructure projects awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal

Terry Hill CBE FREng, who has delivered some of the UK’s most recognisable civil engineering projects and recently led a review that could save the UK £3bn per year on infrastructure development, has been awarded the biennial President’s Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Previous recipients of the award include the ‘father of composite materials’, Professor Anthony Kelly CBE FREng, and Apple product designer, Sir Jonathan Ive HonFREng.

Over a career that spans four decades, Terry Hill, Chair of Arup’s Board of Trustees and previously Chairman of Arup Group (2004-2009), has worked on a number of high-profile infrastructure projects. He led the winning proposal for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now called HS1), Dublin Port Tunnel and the New Tyne Crossing. He led Arup during the construction of the National Stadium and Aquatics Centre at the Beijing Olympics, and the building of Heathrow Terminal 5. He is President of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and is a non-executive Director of Crossrail. He was awarded the CBE in 2010.

The President’s Medal has been awarded to Terry in recognition of his significant and far-reaching contribution to the sector, his having supported UK engineering around the world and promoting excellence in engineering education.

Terry’s engineering knowledge, combined with a background in economics, equipped him to make a significant contribution to the growth of the UK's engineering industry, leading efforts to promote Britain’s capabilities and trade at home and abroad. He is the Chair of the Construction Sector Advisory Group for UK Trade and Investment and was a founding member of the Treasury’s Infrastructure UK Advisory Council.

One of his most notable achievements was leading a review examining why infrastructure development in the UK costs more than in Europe, the recommendations from which are expected to save £3bn per year and improve levels of investment.

Terry takes pride in raising the profile of engineering as a profession. He has supported engineering education through the City University Collaborative Transport Hub and sits on the International Visiting Committee in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.

Terry commented, “I am truly honoured to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal. I have spent a great deal of my career promoting the contribution of engineering to the UK economy, and it is wonderful to be recognised in turn for my contribution to the engineering sector.”

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, added, “Terry is not just an outstanding engineer but also a real champion for engineering, which makes him the perfect recipient for this award in our year of Engineering for Growth. Perhaps best known for his involvement in the construction of some of the most iconic structures in recent years, Terry has also promoted engineering in the UK and abroad, and contributed immeasurably to educating and inspiring the next generation of engineers. His combination of professionalism intelligence, creativity, and business insight makes him one of the finest engineers we have today.”

Terry has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2006 and has served on its Council for three years. Originally from Manchester, he completed a Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering, followed by an MSc in Economics at the University of London.

Notes for editors

  1. The President's Medal: the Royal Academy of Engineering President's Medal was first awarded in 1987 to Air Marshal Sir Richard Wakeford KCB LVO OBE AFC. It is awarded bienially to an organisation or individual who has contributed significantly to the Academy's aims and work through initiative in promoting excellence in engineering:  President's Medal
  2. 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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