John Morris, Birmingham Airport’s head of government and industry affairs, has been honoured with a special award for his contribution to the region.
Regional chairman of the Institute of Directors John Rider paid tribute to Mr Morris’s enthusiasm and passion for West Midlands business and for rail and air transport infrastructure.
“Ever positive in his day job, he is never afraid to argue for the long-term prosperity of our region but still finds time to do some great work with local schools such as nearby Small Heath," said Mr Rider.
"He is an inspiration to us all and we wish him well in his commitment to the much-needed runway extension that is so vital for inward investment and jobs.”
Mr Morris, who has been with the Airport Company since 2004, is responsible for the Airport’s community, environment, planning and transport issues and has had a major part in the runway extension scheme and the current High Speed Rail consultation.
Commenting on the accolade, Mr Morris said, “I’m honoured to be regarded in this way and I’d like to thank John Rider for his kind words. The success of the region is down to many people and organisations and the Airport is proud to be part of this partnership.”
Mr Rider said the standard of entries has been high. “These IoD awards celebrate excellence in our region. It is also a good way to raise spirits by celebrating some of the good news which clearly exists as the recovery gets underway.
"I congratulate all the winners and nominees for their hard work and determination to succeed in challenging times.”