THE Chief Executive of Wilton Engineering has been awarded an OBE for services to the engineering, oil & gas and offshore wind sectors and the local Teesside community.

Bill Scott, 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.

He also highly-active in the Teesside community and devotes much of his time to supporting local causes and organisations.

A patron of Middlesbrough & 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 also presented an honorary degree from Teesside University in Business Administration in 2012.

Bill Scott said: “I am very humbled to be awarded the OBE and exceptionally honoured. 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 & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, which do such wonderful work in the community.”