Property new year honours list
3 January 2012
Gerald Ronson, the 72-year-old chief of Heron International, headed up a list of senior property figures honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Ronson, one of the UK property’s best known developers, was made a CBE for services to charity. He has raised more than £100m for charities, including £30m in personal donations to organisations such as the Community Security Trust, the NSPCC, the Prince's Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cancer Research. Elsewhere, Canary Wharf Group chief executive Iacobescu was knighted for services to charity, community and the financial services industry.
At the Olympic Delivery Authority, John Armitt, chairman, is to be knighted, while ODA construction director Howard Shiplee was awarded a CBE. Fiona Macgregor, head of affordable housing at the Homes & Communities Agency, has been awarded an OBE for services to housing.
The former chairman of Newport Unlimited Grant Watson was made an OBE for services to regeneration in the city. Watson is chairman of Bristol-based Alder King.
David John Harris, managing director for the Welsh division of Cowlin Construction, received an MBE for services to education in the construction industry. He has overseen a number of projects to create student accommodation, including the multi-million-pound Opal 1 facility in Newport.
John McAslan, executive chair and founder of archictect John McAslan & Partners, was awarded a CBE for services to Architecture. Pamela Alexander, lately chief executive of the South East England Development Agency, was awarded an OBE for services to regeneration.
James Foster, head of corporate real estate and sourcing, EMEA, JP Morgan Chase, was awarded an OBE for services to the financial services industry in Northern Ireland.
Willy Bauer, the chairman of AB Hotels, was made an OBE for services to hospitality.
Vincent Wedlock-Ward, projects officer at the Southern Housing Group, received an MBE for services to disadvantaged households and the environment.