Brian Toft, a professor at Coventry University, was named to receive the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The award is in recognition of his work to raise the profile of patient safety in healthcare, but people in West Swindon will know him as the intellectual driving force behind the campaign to save Shaw Forest Park in 2004 when it was threatened with commercial development as a football stadium.
His examination of the risk of disturbing the former landfill site and the outline legal case that might arise underpinned a rapid and successful campaign to kick the stadium idea into touch.
Brian, who lives in Middleleaze, said he was ‘surprised and completely delighted’ to be made an OBE. “To have received such an accolade is a real honour and I will accept it to emphasise the importance of patient safety in our society.”