Community workers shine in honours list

Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe joined rock legend Mick
Jagger in receiving a knighthood last week in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Briscoe has been LGA chief executive since it
was established five years ago, and has a career in local government spanning
35 years, including six years as chief executive of Hertfordshire Council.

No fewer than seven social care-related
professionals were awarded CBEs, including National Schizophrenia Fellowship
chief executive Cliff Prior and professor of social work at the University of
East Anglia June Thoburn.

OBEs went to more than 25 staff and
volunteers who have dedicated their time to social care and racial integration,
and particularly to services for children, people with learning difficulties
and disabled people.

Among them were Fiona Clarke and Katharine
Philbrick, joint co-ordinators of the charity for prisoners’ children Kids VIP;
co-founder of disability charity Kith & Kids, Maurice Collins; and chief
executive of Connexions Cornwall and Devon, Jennifer Judge.

The list of MBEs included Somerset
partnership mental health team manager Christopher Chambers, Portsmouth Council
housing initiatives manager Helen Keats, Sheffield health visitor Joan
MacFarlane, Stirling Council’s director of community services Helen Munro,
Nottinghamshire Council adoption team manager Margaret Staples, Lincolnshire
youth worker Hilary Strong, and Essex Council home carer Gillian Tipton.

– For a full list of honours awarded to those
working or volunteering in the social care sector, go to

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