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Peter Head awarded CBE


10 January 2011

Arup Director Peter Head has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the UK’s 2011 New Year Honours List for services to civil engineering and the environment.

A CBE is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a British citizen and will be presented at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later this year.

Peter Head joined Arup in 2004 and currently leads the global planning practice. He has more than 40 years experience in civil and structural engineering and planning, and has been involved in many leading projects in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Under his guidance, Arup’s global planning practice has grown substantially and created an integrated planning capability, recognised as leading best practice through awards in the UK and Asia. Peter has recently been appointed as Chair of the Institute for Sustainability charity created by Arup.

In 1998 Peter was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to bridge engineering after delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent. He also won the IABSE (International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering) Award of Merit.

In 2008/2009, he gave the Institution of Civil Engineers Brunel Lecture in 25 countries and, through this peer reviewed work, established the model of Ecological Age planning and service infrastructure.

In 2009 Peter was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering.