Peter Head
Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

He invented and developed the Advanced Composite Construction System which was used to build the World’s first major advanced composite bridge and two storey office building in 1992.

Peter joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team which by 2011 had doubled in size. He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission and led the planning and development sub-group of the Commission.

He directed work on the Dongtan Eco City Planning project which was voted by Chinese developers in 2005 as the most influential development project in China.

He is a judge for the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize, the Holcim Awards and the Earth Awards, and an expert adviser to the Singapore Government on Green Buildings and Infrastructure. He is on the advisory panel for the World Future Council.

In July 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Sustainable Systems Engineering. In May 2011 he was appointed as a visiting professor in eco-cities at Westminster University. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the Nation through environmental innovation.

In 2008 Peter was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’. He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust, a charity which is bringing together the world’s top scientists, engineers , economists, financiers and other specialists to quickly plan, design and implement regional scale demonstration projects in the world’s fastest growing economies, using low carbon urban-rural development models which are energy, water and food secure. The Charity will make its model tools available in open source and will work to educate and disseminate findings.

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