Tees-based business leader Bill Scott has been awarded the OBE in the 2019 Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
The Wilton Engineering chief executive has been recognised for services to the engineering, oil and gas and offshore wind sectors as well as the local Teesside community.
Bill, from Middlesbrough, founded Wilton Engineering with his business partner Steve Glenn in 1994 and has grown the business into a successful member of the offshore energy sector supply chain, initially in the oil and gas sector and, more recently, offshore wind.
Bill is also highly-active in the Tees community and devotes much of his time to supporting local causes and organisations.
He has helped raise many thousands of pounds for charity and works closely with schools and youngsters with learning difficulties.
A patron of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, the former North East Entrepreneur of the Year and North East Business Executive of the Year also mentors local start-up businesses.
Bill was presented an honorary degree from Teesside University in business administration in 2012.
He was also named the Tees region’s most inspiring business person in the Tees Business annual poll in 2017, succeeding Boro chairman Steve Gibson and preceding 2018 winner Ben Houchen.
“I am very humbled to be awarded the OBE and exceptionally honoured,” said Bill.
“Teesside is an area brimming with talent and fighting spirit. I am proud to be part of an amazing community full of great people and with world-class industry, which has given me the opportunity to build a successful business, but also play my part in helping others.
“I’d like to thank my family for their continued and unconditional support and my amazing colleagues at Wilton for their ongoing efforts as well as those in organisations like the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, which do such wonderful work in the community.”
Wilton, which is located at Port Clarence on a 54-acre site, adjacent to the River Tees, provides multi-discipline engineering services.
It specialises in engineering design, fabrication and construction, analysis, and coatings and services for the onshore and offshore energy industries.
The company possess a strong and diverse portfolio of successfully-completed projects, including, earlier this year, 21 transition pieces – the large yellow structures, which connects the underwater foundation to the offshore wind turbine – through its client SteelWind, for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.