Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to UK infrastructure, skills and employment.
Sir Terry was one of those named alongside the likes of Rod Stewart and Tim Peake in the annual round of royal recognitions.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am delighted Terry has been honoured for all the extraordinary work he has done in overseeing the delivery of the Crossrail project and developing the Government’s Transport infrastructure skills strategy.
“By placing engineering skills development at the heart of Crossrail he has shown that delivering huge infrastructure projects on time and on budget and investing in skills go hand in hand.
“As a former apprentice himself, Sir Terry has inspired a new generation of apprentices and encouraged more women and young people into this vital sector, whatever their background and aspirations.
“He has been both a leader to his peers across industry and a relentless champion for vocational skills. This honour is a well deserved recognition for many years of hard work.”
Sir Terry was also appointed by the Government to lead the development of a transport infrastructure skills strategy.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “My congratulations go to Terry on an honour that is well deserved for his important work championing apprenticeships and his outstanding leadership of the delivery of Crossrail.”
Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner said: “I am absolutely delighted that Terry Morgan has been recognised for his services to skills and Crossrail.
“Sir Terry has played an immense role in championing hundreds of apprentices and spearheading a skills legacy that will benefit people across the country, and as Crossrail chairman he has driven forward a huge project that will revolutionise travel in and around London.”
Sir Terry began his career as a craft apprentice with Lucas Girling in Cwmbran in 1965, going on to work with British Leyland, Land Rover and British Aerospace.
He has been an advocate for apprenticeships and investment in skills training for the last 50 years and helped to establish the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London.
His current roles include chairman of the Manufacturing Technology Centre and chairman of Ricardo as well as fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
He was previously president of the Chartered Management Institute, chief executive of Tube Lines, group managing director, operations, of BAE Systems and managing director of Land Rover.