Martin Clarke, chief executive of the British Precast Concrete Federation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Clarke has spent more than 40 years in the industry starting out with ARC Group and spending 12 years as marketing director of the British Cement Association before taking over as chief executive of the Leicester-based British Precast Concrete Federation in 2002.
He said: “I am overwhelmed at this recognition and especially delighted that the citation is for services to industry.
“This is a great boost for an unsung but critical British manufacturing industry.”
He added: “It is a reward for the small team in the Federation and my member companies and for the 30,000 men and women across the UK concrete products sector and its supply chain who have worked so extremely hard at improving our safety record, our environmental impact and at improving our image and professionalism.
“The last five years of recession have been tough and challenging but we are coming through it in good heart and with great optimism.”
Clarke has been a passionate advocate for the British and worldwide concrete industry throughout his career.