John Connell 50th Anniversary

Noise Abatement Society 50th Anniversary Awards: In recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the significant role of NAS in driving forward campaigns and solutions to solve noise pollution issues, this year we will honour key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to this cause. NAS is delighted to recognise the commitment, influence and positive impact these individuals have played in their fields.

Max Dixon Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management

Max Dixon is a town planner, noise and soundscape specialist experienced in regeneration, urban design, environmental analysis, policy development and technology futures, including devising scenarios for the 21st Century Hall at Expo 2000 in Hanover.

As Principal Policty Officer at the GLA from 2000-2009 he was responsible for preparing and implementing the first citywide noise strategy in the UK, the Mayor of London’s ‘Sounder City’, which was widely welcomed for its pioneering role in supporting moves from reactive noise abatement to positive soundscape management.

In the Seventies and Eighties he served in the GLA in the departments of architecture and civic design and planning and transportation. In the nineties he worked as an urban researcher and analyst at the London Research Centre in the Environment and Transport team.

Whether on the local or world-wide stage, wherever noise is being discussed Max will be there offering sage advice, brokering solutions, offering a list of ideas which will make a palpable difference to noise mitigation be it from aircraft, neighbours, buildings or vehicles.

Max Dixon is held in high regard for his extensive knowledge in all things concerning urban planning, transportation and environment and his over whelming commitment over four decades to the improvement of the urban world, especially in the noise arena.

Stephen Turner Director of Acoustics, Bureau Veritas

Stephen Turner MA MSc FIOA has over 30 years experience of working in the field of noise and vibration.  He is a Vice-President and Fellow at the Institute of Acoustics, a member of the British Standards Technical Committees and chairman of the joint IOA/Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment working group on noise impact assessment.  In addition, Stephen is a Director of Acoustics at Bureau Veritas.

Having spent the last thirty years encouraging practitioners to think about what they do and how they do it in the noise field his ethos has moved others away from the assumption that noise assessment is no more than a black box into which data is put and an analysis generated. It is his constructive and analytical philosophy that led to his appointment to, and underpins the thinking behind the IOA/IEMA working group on noise impact assessment.

Stephen has a strong ability and passion to help ordinary people understand the technical difficulties surrounding noise and its measurement. He is regularly asked to undertake training for Government in a number of departments, which in turn has encouraged the awareness of noise effects in all aspects of Government involvement.

He also provided training for residents affected by aircraft noise, lectured on MSc courses and is a speaker on the IOA course aimed at young consultants.

John Stewart Chairman HACAN

The Guardian described him as ‘A one-man Eco Industry’. A great eco-warrior.

John Stewart has spent the best part of his life campaigning to protect a quality of life that was being swiftly eroded by large and thoughtless development.

Anger drove John to become a campaigner and a transport expert, employed as an advisor to local authorities when he saw that public transport as the way forward, for environmental and for social reasons.  He campaigned in the eighties to save houses with architectural merit from being demolished to make way for huge highways and protected woods and valleys from being swamped by tarmac in the nineties

First he fought the Conservative plans for the capital with a campaign called Alarm – All London against the Road-building Menace – done on a shoestring and getting the most extreme and conservative people to work together for a common cause.

Alarm went national to oppose 600 new or improved highways. Public opinion shifted as a result of his tenacity, and of the 600 road projects proposed by John Major’s government, only 50 survived under Tony Blair.

Now in the twenty-first century, as chairman of HACAN, the Heathrow Association for the Control of Noise for 10 years, John stands against the noise terror to be inflicted on thousands more residents if the Heathrow expansion goes ahead.

John always employs the intellectual argument, negotiates and mediates to achieve his end through persistence and total commitment.

Robert Goevears SenterNovem

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