Linslade man gets the CBE

LINSLADE man Brian Hibbert has been appointed CBE for services to the defence industry.

Mr Hibbert, 57, is the managing director of INSYS Ltd (formerly Hunting Engineering) at Reddings Wood, Ampthill.

He joined the company in 1973, after leaving Rolls Royce at Watford where he trained as a chartered engineer, and was promoted to managing director in 1993.

Mr Hibbert said he was delighted to receive the award.

"It's a great honour, not only for me but also for the whole company," he said.

Mr Hibbert and wife Penny have four grown-up children, Oliver, Claire, Jessica and Andrew, who all attended Cedars Upper School.

When not working, he enjoys spending time in the gym and is probably best known locally for his involvement with Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club.

He is also an enthusiastic cyclist and takes part in the annual Headway bike ride that raises money for people with head injuries.

INSYS Ltd is a hi-tech company that employs more than 500 people, many of them top scientists in their field.

Recent contracts include specially equipping 50 vehicles to detect a biological attack at a cost of 1 million each.

The company was also part of the team that designed the lost Beagle Mars probe and Mr Hibbert said the workforce was waiting anxiously for news that contact had been made with the missing equipment.

by MICK KING