Ian Milburn, deputy managing director of the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire has been awarded the CBE for services to industry and science.

Mr Milburn joined Nissan in February 1990 after 23 years working in the motor industry in Britain and the United States. During his 10 years with Nissan he has overseen the establishment of the Nissan Technical Centre in Bedfordshire, dedicated to the design and development of Nissan cars in Europe. The centre has achieved international acclaim resulting from a range of outstanding products including the award winning Nissan Micra, and the newly launched Nissan Almera.

Ian Milburn spearheaded Nissan’s ‘Cogent’ design and development initiative. The £3 million project which was completed in 1999 enables UK suppliers to design and develop components more quickly and more cost effectively by adopting a ‘right first time’ philosophy.

Milburn contributes to several SMMT and automotive engineering committees. He has also developed important links between Nissan and major universities, and is a visiting professor at the Cranfield School of Manufacturing and Industrial Science.

Working closely with Government Office East, he has contributed to the region through the Regional Innovation Technology Transfer Strategy (RITTS) and the TEC and Business Link network.

Ian Milburn has also played a significant role in the development of young engineering graduates through his work with Cranfield University, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers.