Two Transport for London (TfL) employees have been recognised in HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dr Olivia Carlton, Head of Occupational Health, has been recognised with an OBE for services to TfL and Occupational Medicine, and Charles (Chad) Frankish has been recognised with a BEM for services to transport and the community in London.
Dr Carlton is the first woman to serve as President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and was instrumental in the development of a National School of Occupational Health – within TfL, she has challenged medical standards so that more people with medical conditions can continue to work whilst ensuring the safety of customers and other staff.
Olivia has also served as the President of the Society of Occupational Medicine and a trustee of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. She has championed a multidisciplinary approach to occupational health, bringing health leaders together to collaborate on strategy and UK standards. She has ensured that TfL is taking the lead in providing drugs and alcohol treatment for employees seeking rehabilitation, and her work has resulted in TfL providing award-winning counselling services for work-related trauma and, more generally, for those dealing with challenges outside of the work environment.
Chad Frankish has proven himself to be a successful leader at TfL, supporting the delivery of the emergency works to keep the Hammersmith Flyover in west London open before the London 2012 Games. His efforts were pivotal in the flyover being restored and strengthened, so it is now safe to use for decades to come. He is now a Programme Manager, delivering Transformation and Systems projects that support TfL’s Road Modernisation Programme.
Chad also champions the injured ex-services development programme at TfL, with many of those who have taken part going on to full-time employment in the transport sector afterwards He has set up a group for TfL staff who have been in the military, so that they can meet up and talk to each other. He is also in charge of the ex-offender programme in his area of the business, which teaches ex-offenders valuable skills to help them improve their career prospects. He is also extremely active in his local community, fundraising and volunteering for a number of charities.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “I am delighted that Olivia and Chad have had their hard work recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Both of them are inspirational role models, who have made a tremendous difference to many people, both inside and outside of TfL.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My congratulations go to Olivia and Chad on their richly deserved honours. They have made very different but equally vital contributions to the success of the transport network in our city, and I am delighted that their hard work has been recognised.”
Dr Olivia Carlton, said: “I am very proud to receive this honour. It is a pleasure to lead my team at Transport for London, as we contribute to improving employee health and wellbeing. I have also been lucky to be involved in the work of both the Faculty and the Society of Occupational Medicine.
“I am acutely aware that this honour reflects the work of many people in TfL and in occupational medicine and occupational health. I would like to thank them all.”
Chad Frankish, said: “To be recognised in the Birthday Honours is a privilege and I hope that this will encourage others who have been in the services before to consider a career in transport. Being in the military provides you with a number of skills that can be applied within the transport industry, often in ways that you wouldn’t expect.”
Crossrail’s Terry Morgan has also been awarded a knighthood for his work in championing skills and Crossrail.