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Former Crossrail director Andy Mitchell handed CBE

Former Crossrail director Andy Mitchell has been awarded a CBE for his work on the £15bn project as several construction industry figures were recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Mr Mitchell, who became chief executive of Thames Tideway last year, was honoured in the same month that tunnelling was completed on London’s new 73-mile rail link.

Biwater chairman and founder Adrian White and GMB general secretary Paul Kenny were both knighted, while former Institution of Civil Engineers president Geoff French was handed a CBE.

CITB deputy chair Judy Lowe was awarded an OBE for her work in supporting women in construction.

Among others to be honoured with an OBE were GGR Group co-founder Gill Riley and HM principal inspector of health and safety Michael Williams.

Other senior members of the construction industry who were honoured include Shepherd Group Deputy Chairman Patrick Shepherd (OBE) and Million Homes, Million Lives chair Natalie Elphicke (OBE) - the latter of whom was this week appointed as chief executive to a Treasury-backed housing institute created to accelerate the delivery of new housing.

Construction honoured


  • Adrian White, chairman, Biwater
  • Paul Kenny, general secretary, GMB


  • Andy Mitchell, chief executive, Thames Tideway
  • Geoff French, former president, ICE


  • Judy Lowe, deputy chair, CITB
  • Ermer Murnaghan, Graham Construction
  • Gill Riley, GGR Group
  • Michael Williams, inspector of health and safety
  • Patrick Shepherd, deputy chairman, Shepherd Group
  • Natalie Elphicke, chair, Million Homes, Million Lives


  • Malcolm Ellis, for services to the construction industry
  • Bryan Avery, for services to architecture

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