John lands top award

A leading civil engineer from Cramlington has been rewarded for his dedication and service to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

John Jeffrey, MBE, a former chairman of the ICE’s north east region, received the prestigious Garth Watson Medal for his work as a volunteer for the institution.

A former health and safety manager at Colas and senior engineer at Fairhurst & Partners, John was presented with the medal at the ICE Awards Ceremony by president Professor Barry Clarke at the institution’s head office in London.

John said: “It was a great honour to be the recipient of this award and particularly so as I knew Garth Watson and worked with him in getting the ICE Graduates and Students National Committee established in the 1970s.”

John started his involvement with ICE in 1965, becoming a chartered civil engineer in 1973, and organiser of the Institution’s annual dinner for almost three decades.

Professor David Toll, chairman of ICE North East, said: “John’s dedication to the Institution of Civil Engineers over the last five decades makes him a hugely worthy winner of the Garth Watson Medal.

“He was awarded the medal against some very strong competition from across the country, from people who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Institution, and this illustrates the esteem in which John and his work is held.”