Arup engineer made a Dame in New Year Honours

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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Arup structural engineer Jo da Silva has been recognised with a Damehood in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Jo da Silva has been at Arup for over 25 years
Jo da Silva has been at Arup for over 25 years

She founded not-for-profit subsidiary Arup International Development in 2007, to enable Arup’s world-renowned technical expertise to be applied directly to improving human development outcomes.

The Government said: “No other individual UK engineer is so personally associated with shifting the approach of a major engineering company to prioritise social outcomes for vulnerable communities in developing countries.

“She is an extremely effective proponent of the ‘build back better’ philosophy for humanitarian relief, as well as being one of the most successful women structural engineers globally.”

Among the major honours, architect David Chipperfield is awarded a Companion of Honour for services to architecture.

CH recognises service of conspicuous national importance and is limited to 65 people.

British Land’s outgoing chief executive Chris Grigg was also honoured with a CBE, after being nominated by employees for services to business, particularly his response to the Covid pandemic.

OBEs

There were OBEs for the co-founders of 6a Architects Professor Thomas Emerson and Stephanie MacDonald for services to architecture.

Willmott Dixon’s chief people officer Rick Lee was also recognised with an OBE for services to Business and Equality

Martin Frobisher, group safety and engineering director, at Network Rail, recognised for his work supporting the railway response to the coronavirus, the construction of the Nightingale hospitals and supporting the army reserves.

MBEs

Kevin Byrne, managing director of Seymour Civil Engineering, for services to business and to skills

Robert Rankin, project manager, at Watt’s Improved Safety Headguards in Glasgow, for his services to civil engineering and innovation.

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