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Lincolnshire highways officers receive national awards

Two senior highways officers at Lincolnshire County Council have received national recognition for their work in the county.

Richard Wills, Executive Director for Environment and Economy, and Paul Coathup, Assistant Director of Highway and Transportation, both received major accolades from the I.C.E.

Richard Wills got The William Kemp Award, which is the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands premier award recognising civil engineering excellence. It is give to individuals who make a “sustained contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands”.

He said: “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.”

Meanwhile Paul Coathup has been made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Fellowship is the most senior grade of ICE Membership, reserved only for senior civil engineers who have made a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession or have advanced the practice of engineering.

He said: “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.

“I’m honoured that these professional Institutions have recognised my work in this way.”