On the 20th June Thames Estuary Partnership named Tideway’s chief executive, Andy Mitchell CBE, as its first honorary Fellow for outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of the River Thames and commitment to making London an example of environmental sustainability to the world.
Andy Mitchell CBE is the chief executive of Tideway, the company building London’s new super sewer to help tackle sewage pollution in the River Thames.
The TEP Fellowship was established in 2017 to recognise champions of a sustainable Thames. Thames Estuary Partnership is network of over 5000 stakeholders and partners including the Corporation of London, University College London, the Environment Agency, The PLA, Natural England, Thames Water and Essex County Council.
Speaking at TEP’s Summer event at Fishmonger’s Hall in London Bridge, Andy Mitchell CBE said:
“I am honoured to be named as a Fellow of the Thames Estuary Partnership for Tideway’s commitment to making the Thames a sustainable example to the world.
“The Thames is London’s largest open space; it’s bigger than all of London’s Royal parks put together, and yet, it remains one of our most underutilised assets. It should be a recreational hub, not just something that has to be crossed to get from A to B, and unlock the huge untapped economic potential that the river has.”
Andy Mitchell was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2015 and has worked on a number of high-profile projects within the Thames basin including as Senior Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme and Programme Director of Crossrail.
Anusha Shah, Chair of Thames Estuary Partnership said:
“In keeping with our vision of making the Thames the most sustainably managed estuary in the world, Andy is a worthy recipient of the first Honorary Fellowship as he has shown amazing leadership in not only heading a project which aims to clean the Thames but has a vision of reconnecting Londoners to the river and is also training the future generation of river operators and professionals.“
Pat Fitzsimons, Director of TEP, said:
“Andy has demonstrated time-and-again his personal commitment to the wellbeing of the Thames. Tideway’s work shows that a city doesn’t have to make a choice between being future-ready and being sustainable and TEP is proud to support the development.
“Together, we will make London and the Thames an example to the world and make the river cleaner and healthier for Londoners.”
Tideway is upgrading London’s sewerage system to cope with the demands of a 22nd century city. Construction on the Tunnel started in 2016, with completion due by 2024. It will help prevent tens of millions of tonnes of untreated sewage discharging into the tidal River Thames each year.