OBE for SEC Group chairman in New Year Honours List
Trevor Hursthouse, chairman of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group, has been appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours. He has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years and been a member of the SEC Group since its inception and served as its chairman since 1999.
In recent years he has been instrumental, with SEC Group colleagues, in bringing about an in-depth re-examination by Government of existing construction-contracts legislation — an exercise that led to the introduction of the Local Democracy, Economic & Construction Act, which contains measures designed to improve payment security and adjudication procedures. This legislation is now on the statute book and will come into force later in 2011.
SEC Group president Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan, said, ‘In an industry that sometimes appears sadly short on true leadership, Trevor Hursthouse stands out as a truly inspirational figure with a profound knowledge of its culture and working practices, and the problems and concerns of the small and medium-sized companies that represent its lifeblood.
‘His consultative, consensual and commonsense approach to the key issues has long been appreciated in Government circles — with the result that his wise counsel is often sought by ministers and officials.
‘I am delighted that Trevor has received this well deserved recognition of his valuable contribution to the life and work of the construction sector and to British Business as a whole.’