Health secretary John Reid last week thanked health and social care
professionals for their “tremendous efforts” and congratulated
those recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.
David Behan, immediate past president of the Association of
Directors of Social Services and new chief inspector of the
Commission for Social Care Inspection, was made a CBE and Kent
social services director Peter Gilroy was given an OBE.
Margaret Bamford, former assistant director of social services in
West Sussex, was awarded an OBE for her work with children and
babies in orphanages in Belarus, and Joan Ruddock, chairperson of
Belfast City Hospital Health and Social Services Trust, was made a
Damehoods went to Rabbi Julia Neuberger, former chief executive of
the King’s Fund; Lady Pauline Harris of the Harris Charitable
Trust; Elisabeth Hoodless, chief executive of Community Service
Volunteers; and Gail Ronson of Jewish Care.
In a new year message to professionals, Reid said: “I want to thank
everyone in the NHS and social care for your tremendous efforts on
behalf of patients and the public.
“Too often your unstinting hard work and selfless dedication go
unrecognised by the wider world.”
OBEs were also awarded to John Bateman, chief executive of UK Youth
and vice-chairperson of National Council for Voluntary Youth
Services; Sarah Child, chairperson of drugs and alcohol treatment
agency Addaction; Raymond Fletcher, personnel director of Remploy;
Richard Palmer, vice-president of the National Council of YMCAs;
Stephen Powell, chief executive of Sign; Jennifer Thompson, head of
social work at South Ayrshire Council; and Professor Jonquil
Williams, professor of social policy at the University of
For a full list of people in the social care sector honoured go to