Paul Westbury

Paul is the CEO of the engineering consultancy firm Buro Happold; a 2,000 person international firm involved with the built environment, that exists to tackle projects at the difficult end of the engineering spectrum, be they buildings or cities.

In his time at Buro Happold Paul has, amongst other things, led the design and delivery of major engineering projects such as the London Olympic Stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Ascot Racecourse redevelopment, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and the Millennium Dome.

Paul was selected as one of The Times 100 UK top scientists, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Innovation, their Silver Medal for his outstanding contribution to his profession, and has recently been awarded the Institution of Structural Engineer’s Gold Medal, their most prestigious award.

Paul is one of the international judges for the newly established Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, a new £1m prize aimed at promoting the essential contribution of the profession around the globe.

In 2013 Paul was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

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