UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


UCL IEDE's Neil May awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

20 June 2017

Neil May, Senior Research Fellow at UCL IEDE, has been awarded an MBE for services to sustainability & energy efficiency in buildings and communities

Neil May MBE

Neil is also the part time CEO of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and has recently led major projects for DECC, Bristol City Council, and Heritage bodies such as Historic England and the National Trust.  

Neil has been a member of several Government Advisory bodies at DTI, DCLG and DECC, and works extensively across industry groups in the construction and property sector. He recently co-authored an influential BSI White Paper on Moisture in Buildings which advocates a new principles-based approach for moisture risk assessment.

Of the award, Neil said:

“I feel extremely honoured and humbled to have received an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours in acknowledgement of my work and the work of my colleagues in many areas of the built environment. This work has been an attempt to redress some of the imbalances in the way we understand the relationship between people, buildings and nature, to provide a more holistic and ethical understanding and practice in construction, and to overcome the forces of selfishness, greed and arrogance which have contaminated and despoiled our world and led to tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower fire.  There is still much to be done and I look forward to working with all my friends and colleagues on this task in the years to come”.