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Crossrail Chairman recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan CBE has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016 with the award of a Knighthood for services to UK infrastructure, skills and employment.

Sir Terry Morgan CBE was appointed as Crossrail Chairman in 2009 and Chair of the HS2 College Governing Body in 2015. Last year he was appointed by the Government to lead the development of a transport infrastructure skills strategy.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, said: “I am delighted that Terry Morgan 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.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My congratulations go to Terry Morgan on an honour that is well deserved for his important work championing apprenticeships and his outstanding leadership of the delivery of Crossrail.”

Mike Brown MVO, 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."

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Sir Terry began his career as a craft apprentice with Lucas Girling in Cwmbran in 1965 and has worked extensively in UK manufacturing including roles with British Leyland, Land Rover and British Aerospace.

Over the last 50 years, Sir Terry has been an advocate for apprenticeships and investment in skills training and was instrumental in establishing the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London to meet a variety of skills requirements for the Crossrail project. He is Chair of the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty near Coventry, a leading global manufacturing facility formed by the private sector and academic institutions in the West Midlands, and Chairman of Ricardo plc.

Sir Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Civil Engineers and is the past President of the Chartered Management Institute. He was previously Chief Executive of Tube Lines; Group Managing Director, Operations, BAE Systems and Managing Director Land Rover.


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About Crossrail

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.