Professor Simon Pollard DSc FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2020 for services to environmental risk management.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Cranfield’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor said, "Simon's leading work on risk and the green economy is greatly respected, and this honour is richly deserved. I know the whole Cranfield community will wish to join me in congratulating Simon on the award of his OBE. Simon makes a huge contribution to our University, and his experience has given us global authority in the practicalities of environmental change."

Professor Pollard joined Cranfield in 2002 and now leads the School of Water, Energy and the Environment. He has led centres in environmental risk and decision-making for Defra and the Research Councils. His scholarship is focused on the fields of risk management and regulatory design, with recent contributions exploring the implementation of risk management in the international water sector.

Simon believes that good risk governance makes organisations, systems and communities more resilient, delivering the stakeholder confidence, sustained business value and reputational capital that is essential for the green economy.