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New Years Honours 2018: Dr Stan Higgins OBE

posted: January 1st 2018

Dr Stan Higgins, who recently retired as CEO of the North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year 2018 Honours List. Dr Higgins has been recognised for his work promoting the UK chemical process manufacturing industry, including chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Dr Higgins said that “I am delighted to receive this unexpected Honour. I recognise that it is an accolade reached by standing on the shoulders of many mentors and colleagues that have encouraged me throughout my 48 years in the industry. There have been mentors from across the chemical industry that guided my career; colleagues in the NEPIC Team & Membership who have supported me and worked selflessly on behalf of the chemical process sector; and there are the Professors & Tutors at York University who made chemistry come to life for me. I am grateful to all of them for their support and guidance throughout my career.”

Malcolm Knott CEO of ITS Ltd said “I am sure I speak for all the staff at ITS and colleagues of Dr Higgins throughout the UK process industry when I say I cannot think of anyone who deserves this more than Stan. Well done.”

Dr Higgins, an Honorary Fellow of the University of York and sits on the Board of the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration based at the University, actively promoting their Children Challenging Industry Educational Programme. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Industrial Technology Systems Limited (ITS), NEPIC Limited and RTC Limited. He is a Senior Adviser to Tradebe Limited, a growing speciality chemicals company and also to SAS–JMP a provider of statistical analysis software. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and an Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AFIChemE). In November 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chemical Industries Association for his contribution to the sector.

Dr Higgins was educated at Whitehaven Grammar School, West Cumberland College and The University of York.