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New Year Honours 2011

Bill Bolsover and Ian Walsh receive CBE and MBE respectively in Queen’s New Year’s Honours

AGGREGATE Industries’ non-executive chairman, Bill Bolsover, has been awarded a CBE for services to the construction industry in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, and road consultant Professor Ian Walsh has been awarded an MBE for services to highway engineering.

A Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, Bill Bolsover began his construction career in 1970 working in mining in Australia and the Koolan Islands, before joining Tarmac in 1974, where he gained extensive industry experience and commercial expertise working in the Readycrete, Roadstone, Topmix and Quarry Products divisions.

In 1992, as managing director, Mr Bolsover was responsible for developing the business through major strategic reviews which restructured the company’s operations and management team. As group executive director, in addition to heading up the Quarry Products and Topmix divisions, he also demerged the Building Materials business.

In 2000, Mr Bolsover became managing director of Aggregate Industries’ UK and European operations, before being promoted to the position of group chief executive in 2006. He became non-executive chairman of the company on 1 April 2010.

Mr Bolsover is also chairman of the Construction Products Association and a board member of the UK Green Building Council.

Prof. Walsh, a Fellow of the Institute of Asphalt Technology, has spent more than 35 years at senior levels in the management of road design and construction, operation of test laboratories, quality control, quality assurance and standardization of construction materials nationally and in Europe, working with Tarmac National Contracting, Kent County Council and Babtie (now Jacobs), among others.

He was intimately involved with the development and implementation of new test methods, product development and performance, and road maintenance techniques in Kent and elsewhere, and is an expert witness on road materials’ performance. He also represents the County Surveyors Society (CSS) on a wide range pavement engineering committees.

In 2010 Prof. Walsh set up his own consultancy company, Road Consultants Ltd, to provide to professional technical advice on the design, specification, installation and maintenance of roads and other paved areas, and quality assurance/quality control and the evaluation of materials performance.

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