The University of Huddersfield’s director of estates and facilities, Colin Blair, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
It recognises his central role in ensuring that the university has one of the UK’s highest-quality campuses, with a continual programme of development.
Mr Blair has presided over an ambitious £100m building schedule – and a new £200m investment phase is underway.
He said: “I am deeply honoured to receive an MBE and I regard it as tribute to the dedicated and talented team in our estates and facilities department.”
Mr Blair began his career as a project engineer in the private sector before joining Kirklees Council in 1983 as head of property maintenance. After six years, he was appointed senior building services engineer at the university and in 1998, Mr Blair became director of estates and facilities.
During his period in charge, the number of campus buildings that are highly rated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has risen dramatically, placing the university within the top 10 nationally.
Mr Blair is a Chartered Engineer and has an MSc (Distinction) in facilities management. He served for eight years on the National Executive Committee of the Association of University Directors of Estates and served as the organisation’s treasurer and chaired its North East Region.