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Claire Gott awarded MBE in Queen’s New Years’ Honours

Claire Gott has been named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to civil engineering and charitable work in Cameroon.

 

Claire, a senior civil engineer at WSP’s London office, co-founded Cameroon Catalyst, an international development charity that delivers community-led infrastructure projects, in 2009 while at the University of Southampton. In the past five years Cameroon Catalyst’s work in Bambouti has created a medical centre, a carpentry and mechanical skills workshop, a primary school, an electricity hub and new housing.

Working in partnership with international architecture charity Article 25, Cameroon Catalyst has now embarked on a five year model with a new student chapter at the University of Birmingham and will spend the next ten months delivering water and sanitation projects across three new villages in North East Cameroon. WSP recently sponsored an Article 25 10x10 fundraising event that raised over £115,000.

Watch to find out more about the great work Cameroon Catalyst does:

Claire said: “I must admit it was completely unexpected! I’m honoured to be getting an MBE and very grateful to the person or group who nominated me. I’m passionate about engineering and Cameroon Catalyst because it allows me to make a positive difference in people’s lives - the projects we work on help to end extreme poverty and create lasting change for rural communities in the country.  I hope this award acts as motivation to others, particularly women, to start thinking about a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related role.”

Mark Naysmith, WSP UK managing director said: “We are all immensely proud of Claire. Her contribution to the industry, and the success and significance of her charitable work is inspiring. Importantly, she is a fantastic role model for the next generation, showing clearly how what we do can have a tangible impact on people’s lives.”

Claire is currently part of the design management team working on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, where WSP is the designer in joint venture with Hyder. Claire is very active in the industry and works with a number of bodies to promote engineering as a career and especially tackling diversity.

In particular, Claire is on the Green Construction Board, which promotes low carbon, low cost approaches to construction, and represents young people on the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) council.