Martin Jay (above), chief executive of shipbuilding, support services and marine products group Vosper Thornycroft, has been awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Jay is president of the British Marine Equipment Council, a member of the National Defence Industries Council, and chairman of the Ministry of Defence’s Smart Procurement Initiative Contact Group. He joined Southampton-based Vosper Thornycroft in 1989.

Peter Stevens, designer of the McLaren F1, Lotus Elan, Esprit revision and the Jaguar XJR-15, has been appointed visiting professor in vehicle design at the Royal College of Art in London. A founder lecturer of the vehicle design course, he has worked for Ford and was chief designer for Lotus and McLaren before forming his own company, Peter Stevens Design.

As an independent designer his clients have included ERF Trucks, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. He has also worked with world rally-winning Prodrive Subaru, Toyota Europe and the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW.

Paul Bowler (right), has been appointed president of Weir Group’s valve-making subsidiary Atwood and Morrill. Bowler will report to John Steele, head of Weir’s global valve operations.

He has 15 years’ experience with pump and valve-makers, including Neles-Jamesbury, Watts Industries and United Dominion Industries.

Weir Engineering has also announced a new line-up of its senior team. Peter Syme remains managing director, Gordon Adam, Andrew Hodgson and Crawford Gorrie have been appointed directors and Alex Simpson has become financial controller. Bill Stewart, sales director with Weir Westgarth, joins as commercial director replacing Stuart Cumming, who is to retire.

Paul Bateman (left) has been elected chairman of the Fork Truck Association. He is the first person to serve two terms chairing the association, having previously served in 1992-1993. He is also a director of Toyota dealership Impact Fork Trucks.

The FTA has also appointed its former chairman, Brian Nealon of Bendigo Mitchell, as president. Nealon is expected to continue his focus on safety within the materials handling industry.

Filter and dryer maker Domnick Hunter has appointed Richard Maudslay as a non-executive director. He previously worked for Rolls-Royce in its industrial power group, becoming a board director in 1994.