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Peter Head  

Director, Arup

Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team and now heads this team globally. He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission.

In July 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Systems Engineering.

Peter has also been awarded the 2008 Sir Frank Whittle Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his efforts to deliver an environmentally sustainable built environment in a rapidly urbanising world.

Peter is strategic adviser to the Chair of the C40 Large Cities and Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Carbon Positive Programme.

Peter has just taken on another role as Chair of the Board of the Institute for Sustainability in Thames Gateway.


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