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Rail staff named in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The rail industry has once again featured highly in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

One of the most high-profile names was Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne, who has received a CBE for services to the industry.

Two of his Network Rail colleagues, Ian Stevens and Scott Heath, have been awarded an OBE for services to suicide prevention and a BEM for services to the LGBT community respectively.

Mark Carne said: “Ian and Scott are tremendous role models and inspirations for our 38,000 employees and the difference we can make in our daily lives.

“Ian has transformed the rail industry’s approach to the difficult subject of suicide on the railway which has included the training of 15,000 railway workers in suicide prevention.  His work has contributed to a reduction in suicides on the railway.

“Scott’s work has played a vital role as we strive to become an industry where everyone is treated equally and is able to bring 100 per cent per cent of themselves to work every day.”

Others to be recognised included Ian Prosser, the director of railway safety at the ORR, who was awarded a CBE, Rail Alliance international trade director Lucy Prior, who received an OBE, Ben Clifford, chief officer of BTP’s Special Constabulary, was given a BEM, Jim Rentell, a retired BTP officer who served in the force for more than 40 years, received a QPM, and David Joy, chief executive of London and Continental Railways, was also awarded an OBE.

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