Two Crossrail employees have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014. One has been recognised for her work in skills training and the development of young people while the other has been honoured for his work towards road safety. Valerie has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) while Michael has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “I would like to congratulate both Valerie and Michael for their remarkable work in achieving this special recognition. The dedication our staff show to ensure that we achieve our goal of making Crossrail a world-class railway when it opens in 2018 is clear for all to see, and it’s a real pleasure to see their contribution recognised in this manner.”
Valerie Todd CBE, is Crossrail’s Talent and Resources Director. Her award celebrates her role as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and recognises her work to address the skills shortfall within the construction and engineering industry including her role setting up the The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford. TUCA was established in 2011 to provide training in a variety of skills during the lifespan of the Crossrail project giving the next generations of tunnellers and engineers the skills they need for future infrastructure projects. After Crossrail, It will continue to operate as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and become a long-term provider of tunnelling and underground construction skills to the construction industry.
Michael Heduan MBE, is Crossrail’s Lorry Driver Training Programme Manager and has been honoured for his work training the project’s lorry drivers to safely share London’s roads with cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Michael’s work has seen over 7,000 drivers trained in road safety skills and has also put cyclists in the drivers seat as part of the Exchanging Places programme giving them a greater understanding of blind spots experienced by lorry drivers.
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