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FM celebrated in New Year’s Honours List  

Fiona Alfred OBE, executive director of the Association of Women in Property
Fiona Alfred OBE, executive director of the Association of Women in Property

4 January 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Colin Blair, director of estates and facilities at the University of Huddersfield, was among facilities professionals and operators named in 2016’s New Year’s Honours List.


Blair was honoured with an MBE for services to higher education and the community in Huddersfield. Doreen Anne Irving, who is service delivery manager at the department of facilities at the House of Commons, was also awarded an MBE for parliamentary services.


Alan Clive Hargreaves gained a British Empire Medal for his role as technical services and facilities manager at the department of civil and environmental engineering at Imperial College London in recognition of his services to engineering research.


Fiona Alfred, executive director of the Association of Women in Property (WiP), was also awarded an OBE for services to women in the property and construction industry. In her 19 years with WiP, Alfred has been “at the forefront of promoting diversity and the role of women in the sector”. 


According to a press statement, Alfred “was making the case for employing women at all levels, long before it became common parlance and has frequently and successfully challenged leading lights in the industry on the issue”. 


Under her direction, WiP has become a respected voice in the industry, contributing to national debates including the Davies Commission into Women on Boards, the HS2 Growth Taskforce and Property Week’s Open Plan campaign and the launch of its Diversity Charter.