Congratulations to the following Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering who have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for a range of accomplishments in the engineering industry and their services to wider society.

Order of the Companions of Honour

Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)

  • Dame Vera Stephanie Shirley DBE FREng Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. For services to the IT Industry and Philanthropy.

Knights Bachelor

Knighthoods

  • Professor Mir Saeed Zahedi OBE FREng Technical Director, Chas A Blatchford & Sons. For services to Engineering and Innovation.

Military Division – Order of the Bath

Knight Commander (KCB)

  • Vice Admiral Simon Robert Lister CB OBE

Order of the Bath

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)

  • Jonathan Henry Lyle FREng Chief Executive, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. For Services to Defence.

Order of the British Empire

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

  • Professor X Jane Jiang FREng Director, UK EPSRC Future Advanced Metrology Hub, University of Huddersfield. For services to Engineering and Manufacturing.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Professor Haro Bedelian OBE FREng For services to Engineering and International Trade.
  • Professor Serena Best FREng Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge. For services to Biomaterials Engineering.
  • Dr Andrew C Harter FREng Founder and CEO, RealVNC Ltd. For services to Engineering.
  • Robert Keiller FREng Chairman, Scottish Enterprise. For services to Business Entrepreneurship.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Rakesh Sharma FREng Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics. For services to Defence Capability.

Enterprise Hub success

The Academy’s work in pioneering the Enterprise Hub has also been recognised with awards for some of the key engineers and supporters involved in this important project. The Enterprise Hub’s new physical home, the Taylor Centre, was opened in February 2017. It provides a base for the Hub’s community of innovators, mentors and investors and to date the Hub has helped 52 start-ups generate nearly 200 jobs, and go on to raise over £36 million in follow-on funding. The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 includes the following people who have supported the Enterprise Hub.

Knights Bachelor

Knighthoods

  • Leonard Blavatnik. For services to Philanthropy

Order of the British Empire

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Bernard Taylor DL, Chairman, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. For services to Business, Education and the Arts.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • David Falzani, President, Sainsbury Management Fellows. For services to Engineering and Enterprise.
  • Elspeth Finch, Chair, Innovators Network, Enterprise Hub. Entrepreneur, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Indigo&. For services to Engineering and Enterprise.

 

Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “I am delighted to see so many Fellows and key members of our Enterprise Hub community honoured in this way by Her Majesty The Queen. The Academy aims to support the development of successful engineering innovation and businesses in order to create wealth, employment and societal benefit.  Each of these honours recognises people who are doing remarkable work to deliver this aspiration.”

 

Notes for editors

Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:

  • Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
  • Address the engineering skills crisis
  • Position engineering at the heart of society
  • Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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