Brown signs off with a gong as Queen honours COVID heroes

Former Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Mike Brown has been awarded a CBE in the delayed Queen’s Birthday Honours, which have seen transport workers and others recognised for their work during the pandemic.

Mr Brown (pictured) was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to transport.


Another TfL employee, Ibrar Akram, who works for London Dial-a-Ride, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘It’s great to see Ibrar Akram and Mike Brown recognised for their outstanding work and contribution to London.

‘Akram’s inspiring adaptation of the Dial-a-Ride service during the coronavirus pandemic ensured food and deliveries continued to reach the most vulnerable Londoners and our essential workers, and is a testament to the values of community and support that lie at the heart of our city.

‘Mike Brown displayed exceptional leadership and vision at the helm of TfL as former commissioner, helping to transform London's public transport network into one of the best in the world. His recognition is very well deserved.’

TfL train manager Richard Thompson was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to transport during COVID-19 and Marcus Jones, delivery director, Docklands Light Railway received the BEM, also for services to transport during COVID-19.

Two people from the haulage industry were made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to transport – Carol (Lesley) O'Brien, formerly a board member at the Road Haulage Association and Kathryn Willard, a former director at Stobart Group.

British Transport Police (BTP) detective superintendent Gary Richardson QPM was awarded an OBE for services to policing, while BTP officer Elizabeth McWhirter was awarded an MBE for services to policing and public safety ‘particularly during COVID-19’.

The contribution of many transport workers to the pandemic response was recognised with the BEM.

Paul Billam, a driver with Yorkshire Stagecoach, who also dressed up as TV and film characters to cheer up children during the lockdown, was given the award for services to transport and the community during COVID-19.

Aaron Sparks, a scheduler with First Buses in Dorset, received the same honour for services to transport during COVID-19, as did Karen Miles, a driver with Red Arrow.

Highways England employee Gregory Doughty was awarded the BEM for services to transport and to the Homeless during Covid-19 and metro systems and performance manager Herbert Montgomery was given the award for services to public transport in Northern Ireland during COVID-19.

Also in Northern Ireland Raymond Dowey, formerly a permanent way worker with Northern Ireland Railways, was awarded the MBE for services to public transport.

Two Department for Transport (DfT) offiicals were awarded the OBE – Christopher Watts, formerly deputy director, national security and Ian Yarnold, head, international vehicle standards.

Elizabeth Meade, team leader, passenger services and corporate finance advisory at the DfT, was awarded an BEM for public service.


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