New Year Honours for North East business leaders

New Year Honours for North East business leaders

A number of business leaders from across the North East have been honoured by HRH The Queen in her New Year Honours List for 2017.

Dr Tony Trapp, executive chairman of Osbit Ltd and a leading figure in the North East offshore industry, is just one of the business leaders to be recognized in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Dr Trapp has been instrumental in the formation and success of the subsea technology industry in North East England having been a co-founder of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), and the founder of IHC Engineering Business and, more recently, Osbit Ltd.

Having been awarded the MBE for services to the engineering and energy industries, Dr Trapp has praised the ingenuity and innovation of engineers from the North East that have been the foundation of the region’s success in the offshore market.

He said: “I am extremely honoured to have been awarded the MBE.  It is a tribute to the many brilliant engineers that have created technical and financial success at SMD, IHC Engineering Business and Osbit, generating high quality employment and a positive economic contribution for the North East.”

The other business leaders from across the region to receive honours were:



Professor Mary Elizabeth Dunning, formerly governor of Tyne Metropolitan College, for services to further and higher education and the community in the North East.

Naseem Aslam Khan. managing director of Jennings Motor Group, for services to the economy and charity.

Keith Loraine. chief executive of Isos Housing Group, for services to housing and the community.

Philomena Margaret Marshall, education director and trustee at Laidlaw Schools Trust and lately executive principal at Excelsior Academy, for services to education.

Ailsa Margaret Rutter, director of FRESH Smokefree North East, for services to Tobacco Control.

Bruce Stewart Shepherd, managing director of Shepherd Offshore, for services to the economy and skills in the offshore sector.



Mrs Tracey Booth, chair of governors at Churchill Community College, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, for services to Education.

Richard Hamlyn Tucker, founder and director of AAA Property Services, for services to business skills and the community in the North East.