Richard Wills, Executive Director for Environment and Economy at Lincolnshire County Council, and Paul Coathup, Assistant Director of Highway and Transportation, have both been awarded major accolades from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Richard Wills received The William Kemp Award, ICE East Midlands’ premier award recognising civil engineering excellence, which is presented to an individual who has made a sustained contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands.
The award recognises Richard as a civil engineer who has promoted and demonstrated civil engineering best practice both locally and at a government level.
Mr Wills said the award has come as complete surprise to him.
“Initially I’d said I would be unable to attend the ceremony due to an early morning meeting in London the next day. However, my wife, Jane, and my PA, Becky, conspired to get me there without me realising why.”
Richard’s colleague, Paul Coathup, has been made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the most senior grade of ICE Membership, reserved for senior civil engineers who have made a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession or who have advanced the practice of engineering.
The award comes just two months after he received an Honorary Fellowship to the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CHIT), the Society’s most senior grade of membership and is only conferred on persons of eminence or distinction within the field of Transportation.
“I’m very pleased to have been elevated to the level of Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation,” said Mr Coathup.
“I’m honoured that these professional Institutions have recognised my work in this way.”