Delmatic founder awarded MBE

12th January 2023

(UK) – John Woodnutt, founder and chairman of Delmatic, has been awarded an MBE for services to Business and Entrepreneurship in the 2023 New Year Honours list.

As a serial inventor and pioneer in innovative control technologies, the recognition of Woodnutt is the culmination of more than six decades of commitment to creating smart, energy-efficient building technologies.

In the late 1950s, Woodnutt pioneered innovative electronic techniques, which revolutionised the control of lighting and, in 1959, founded Delmatic Lighting Controls to develop and commercialise these innovations. The products and concepts developed in those early years paved the way for rapid implementation of energy efficient controls during the energy crises of the 1970s, and sowed the seed for the global sustainable and smart building sector that we see today.

At the age of 96, Woodnutt is still actively involved in Delmatic’s work, and in the continued advancement, development and application of cutting-edge technologies to enhance sustainability, save energy, and meet the pressing demands for reductions in greenhouse gases and carbon footprints.

Woodnutt said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this MBE. I share this recognition with my many colleagues – both within Delmatic and the wider industry sector – with whom I have worked over more than 60 years and, without whom, we could have not achieved all that we have.”

John Woodnutt, Delmatic Founder and Chairman