Honours for services to the transport industry

No matter what your transport method of choice, there is no doubt that without the hard work and dedication of our transport leaders and industry workers, getting where we need to be would be impossible.

This is the story of a talented engineer, a dedicated train driver and the current Chief Executive of the UK’s flagship airport, London Heathrow.

What do they all share in common? Aside from their fast-moving careers, each has been recognised with an accolade that – in the opinion of most – is unsurpassed in terms of distinction and prestige.

In each case, although these distinguished individuals share many positive attributes, dedication and determination to name a few, the tale of how they made it to the gates of Buckingham Palace is unique. 

Colin Steven Mathews (pictured above) was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List for his services to aviation. Colin is the former Chief Executive of a number of the UK’s leading companies – Hayes Group plc. and the Severn Trust to name a few. Under Colin’s stewardship, Heathrow has undergone something of a revolution. Passenger experience has improved almost beyond belief, and passengers have voted Terminal 5 as the world’s best terminal for the past 5 years.

Moving away from the capital and up the M6, Carol Holden, received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for her services to the automotive industry in the North West. Carol’s honour is a just reward for a woman who has had an outstanding 30-year engineering career in a traditionally male dominated environment. Carol is currently, the Chief Executive of the Northwest Automotive Alliance. Like many Queen’s honours recipients, Carol received her OBE for a combination of work in both professional and voluntary capacities.

Last but by no means least is the tale of a train driver from Aylesbury who has dedicated more than 20 years to providing education to children about the dangers of railways – reaching and informing thousands of young people. Dave Newell received an MBE in 2011 for his services to the railway industry. In addition to his work educating children through Junior Citizen events, Dave was also well known for going the extra mile in his day job as a train driver.

While the achievements of these three individuals are quite different, the fact that all three have been decorated with Queen’s honour for their work in the transport industry is a fine indication that anyone, from any walk of life, can get a gong if they go above and beyond the call of duty in their work or personal achievements.

When considering whether to nominate someone for an honour, look not just at their achievements in the context of others, but at the impact of their life and work, and those deserving recipients will soon stand out – no matter who they are and what they do.  

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