Road safety and transport chiefs recognised in New Year's Honours list
05 January 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Two influential transport figures were awarded OBEs in the New Year's Honours list.
Edmund King, president of the AA, received his award in recognition of his services to road safety, while Dana Skelley, Transport for London's director of asset management for surface transport was given the title recognition of her services to transport in London.
Skelley leads a team of around 500 engineers and asset managers, who are responsible for more than £15bn of infrastructure and maintain London's arterial roads, all 6200 traffic lights, around 1800 bridges, 12 tunnels and more than 1000 miles of footway.
Projects overseen by her include strengthening the Hammersmith flyover and implementing the Olympic Route Network during the 2012 games.
"Dana has an outstanding track record and this recognition for her sterling work to improve transport in London is well deserved. Her integrity, dedication and professionalism are well known in the industry and our city has benefitted hugely from this during her time at TfL," said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
"It is people like Dana who will be essential in helping London respond to the challenge of growth as the city develops."
King meanwhile, has worked across road safety in roles for breakdown companies, road safety charities and think tanks for the last 25 years, including launching and publicising Euro NCAP's crash testing programme in 1997.
"I am thrilled, honoured, humbled and somewhat surprised to have been awarded an OBE. I am particularly pleased that the award was made for 'services to road safety' as I am passionate about making our roads safer and saving lives," King said.
Meanwhile, former Department for Transport director general and current RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding became a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).