Williams, Marsh and Massie receive top gongs in new year honours

The chief executives of two leading social care charities have received the highest accolade in the new year’s honours list, it has been announced.

Mary Marsh, of the NSPCC, and Jo Williams, of learning difficulties charity Mencap, were both made dames.

The government said that under Marsh’s leadership the NSPCC has effectively lobbied for the safety of children and that Williams had led Mencap through a wide-ranging modernisation programme.

Bert Massie, chair of the Disability Rights Commission, was also honoured on the same level, receiving a knighthood for his work on disability rights and equalities.

Williams said that she was surprised and delighted by the news. “I hope that I can take advantage of this great honour to further promote the interests of people with a learning disability and their families and carers,” she added.

Tower Hamlets Council chief executive and former social services director Ian Wilson received a CBE and Community Care contributor Peter Beresford, professor of social policy at Brunel University, an OBE for services to social care

An OBE was also awarded to Celia Atherton, director of Research in Practice, which promotes evidence-based practice in services for children and families.

MBEs were also awarded to four foster carers while frontline professionals working in youth justice, mental health, domestic violence and children’s services recived a range of honours.

Mary Marsh, chief executive of the NSPCC
Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap
Bert Massie, chair of the DRC
Order of the Bath
Maurice Smith, previously HM chief inspector of  schools, Ofsted
Ian Wilson, chief executive, Tower Hamlets council
Gordon Edington, chair of children’s charity NCH
Robert Banner, chair of mental health charity Rethink
Peter Beresford, professor of social policy at Brunel University
Michelle Chinnery, co-chair of the Learning Disabilities Task force
Joyce Moseley, chief executive of Rainer
Kate Louise Nash, previously chief executive of Radar, the Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation
Joyce Thacker, senior head of service for children and young people, Rotherham Council
Celia Atherton, director of Research in Practice
Harry Marsh, vice-chair of children’s charity NCB
Lady Jane Lloyd, chair of the Family Welfare Association

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