‘We’re not Bob the Builders’: Civil engineer honoured for his national impact

Civil engineer and BAM Nuttall CEO Stephen Fox CBE
Civil engineer and BAM Nuttall CEO Stephen Fox CBE

The chief executive of a civil engineering company has been awarded a Commander of the British Empire medal for his contribution to the industry.

Stephen Fox, CEO of civil engineering firm BAM Nuttall, has been in the hot seat for more than four years and said he was ‘shocked’ to receive the letter telling him of his award.

Mr Fox, who lives in Stone with speech and language therapist wife Sue, said: “I didn’t see it coming, but it’s not me who deserves the recognition.

“I’ve just been doing my job.

“Sometimes we have more of a ‘Bob the Builder’ image rather than the fantastic work that our guys do.

“We have some brilliant characters working on these projects. You wouldn’t believe what these guys are putting in between buildings or under buildings. I love my time on site.”

The firm has recently been working on several major contracts in London, including work at both Tottenham Court Road and Victoria tube stations, as well as extensive work with railway company Crossrail.

BAM Nuttall also works with the Highways Agency, gets involved with maritime work and was intstrumental in the building of the Olympic Park’s infastructure prior to London 2012.

Mr Fox, who is father to Nick, 22, and Robert, 18, has also long been an advocate of championing the role of apprentices within the civil engineering industry.

His tireless dedication has earned BAM Nuttall’s scheme the equivalent status to that of a degree, and it’s now one of the leading schemes in the industry.

He said: “I think we send too many people to university, so it’s important that we develop our apprentices properly. We pay them proper wages.”

He also actively encourages women to choose civil engineering as a career and raise the profile of the industry, as he says it has always been a ‘male dominated’ field.