Children’s workforce praised in New Year’s Honours List

Ten foster carers were recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, alongside the heads of several children’s charities.

Roger Singleton, who recently retired from the post of chief executive of Barnardo’s, was awarded a knighthood for his work with children, while Susan Daniels, chief executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society was awarded an OBE for her efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities.

OBEs also went to Dr Bronwen Cohen, chief executive of Children in Scotland, and Jennifer Griffiths, chair of the Connexions Surrey Partnership board.

The 10 foster carers from across the country were awarded MBEs, as were youth worker Christopher Oliver and former youth worker Audrey Flash. Meanwhile, headteachers featured prominently throughout the list for their contribution to children’s education.

See below for a full list of those working with children, teenagers and their families who were recognised in this year’s honours.

David Hart, former general secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
Roger Singleton, former chief executive, Barnardo’s

Companions of the Order of the Bath:
Helen Williams, director, School Standards Group, Department for Education and Skills

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire:
Anna Hassan, headteacher, Millfields Community School, Hackney, London

Louis Appleby, National Director for Mental Health and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manchester
Rekha Bhakoo, headteacher, Newton Farm Nursery, First and Middle School, Harrow, London
Peter Galloway, headteacher, Trinity Academy, Edinburgh
Christine Gilbert, chief executive, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Colin Hilton, executive director, children’s services, Liverpool Council
Mike Lauerman, former director, Looked-After Children’s Taskforce, Department for Education and Skills
Brian Pomeroy, former chair, Centrepoint and Homeless Link
Judette Tapper, headteacher, Stockwell Park High School, Lambeth, London

Carole Bamford, vice-chair, NSPCC FULL STOP campaign and president, Mid-Staffordshire NSPCC Branch
Ken Caldwell, director, International Operations, Save the Children
Dr Bronwen Cohen, chief executive, Children in Scotland
Dr Beryl Corner, senior fellow, Royal College of Physicians. For services to paediatric medicine.
Susan Daniels, chief executive, National Deaf Children’s Society and Disability Rights Commissioner
David Garrard, former headteacher, Smitham Primary School, Croydon, Surrey
Jennifer Griffiths, chair, Connexions Surrey Partnership Ltd
Rosalind Gulson, headteacher, Walton Girls’ High School, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Dr Agnes Hill, consultant paediatrician, South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust
Simon Jenkin, Exeter, Devon. For services to education.
Frank Keenan, former headteacher, St Thomas More High School for Boys, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend, Essex
Dr Melvyn Kershaw, headteacher, Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, Hagley, Worcestershire
Isabella Lind, headteacher, Ravenscraig Primary School, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire
David Linnell, principal, John Leggott College, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Ian Miller, chair, Skill Scotland, National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
Dr Thomas Mulryne, former principal, Methodist College, Belfast
Hilary Omissi, deputy director for children and learners, Government Office for the South East
Helen Puckey, former headteacher, Hempshill Hall Primary School, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Shelagh Rae, formerly director, Education and Leisure Services, Renfrewshire Council
Dr Debbie Sell, head of speech and language therapy, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Michael Zarraga, former headteacher, St Thomas More School, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Brian Barnett, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil. For services to young people.
Van Barrett, programme manager, Alternative Skills for Life, Stoke-on-Trent College, Staffordshire
Diane Berry, director of Music, Graveney School, Wandsworth, London
Peter Bird, governor, Dearne Valley College, South Yorkshire
Edith Blake, former chair, Highland Children’s Panel
Noel Brownsell, foster carer, London Borough of Croydon, Surrey
John Cassidy, programme co-ordinator, Cardonald College, Glasgow
Lynn Clare, chief executive, Parents Against Drug Abuse
Lorna Coulson, advanced skills teacher for science, Langley Park School for Girls, Bromley, London
Dr Eileen Court, former deputy headteacher, Rising Brook High School, Stafford
Richard Cowan, head of technology, Grosvenor Grammer School, Belfast
Ivy Davis, volunteer helper, Chad Vale Primary School, Birmingham
Martyn Duffield, trustee, Lineham Farm Children’s Centre
Gilbert Dyson, secretary, Helsby Golf Club Powered Wheelchair Appeal. For services to young people in Cheshire.
Robert Farrow, Manager, Belle Vue Centre, Hartlepool
Audrey Flash, former youth worker, Woodview, Birmingham
Carol Gledhill, officer, HM Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution New Hall, West Yorkshire
Gregory Hall, senior manager and deputy head, Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School, Hillingdon, London
Pearl Hassard, president, The Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland
Dr Robert Henderson, captain, 1st Morecambe Boys’ Brigade Company, Lancaster, Lancashire
Antony Homer, foster carer, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Josephine Homer, foster carer, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Judith Jackson, Guide Guider, 125 Guides, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Raymond Jarvis, former head of economics, Simon Langton Grammer School for Boys, Canterbury, Kent
William John, Cardiff. For services to education in Wales.
Maureen Jones, project manager, Benchill Outreach Play Project, Manchester
Robin Rhoderick-Jones, chair of governors, West of England School, Exeter, Devon
Andrew Kirk, chair, education appeals panel, Kent
Francoise Logan, Leeds, West Yorkshire. For services to music and to education.
Angus Macleod, head, school of construction, Inverness College
Birdie McDonald, foster carer, London Borough of Brent
Maureen Mellor, vice-principal, Liverpool Community College
Patricia Molloy, Huntingdon. For services to Disabled Children in Cambridgeshire.
Grace Morgan, chair of governors, John Hanson Community School and Test Valley School, Andover, Hampshire
Brenda Morley, chair of governors, Overton Grange School, Sutton, Surrey
John Morris, Cardiff. For services to the Arts and Young People’s Theatre in Wales.
Robert Newport, camp co-ordinator, Woodlarks Camp, Farnham, Surrey
Joan O’Pray, former headteacher, Sheringdale Primary School, Wandsworth, London
Edward Oatley, headteacher, Sevenoaks Preparatory School, Kent
Christopher Oliver, youth worker, Woodstock Youth Club, Oxfordshire
John Oliver, Knutsford, Cheshire. For services to special needs education and to disabled people.
Geoffrey Phillips, foster carer, Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan
Myra Phillips, foster carer, Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan
Harry Pieniazek, teacher and physical education co-ordinator, Horsforth Newlaithes Junior School, West Yorkshire
Ellen Player, foster carer, Essex Council
John Pope, for services to the Boys’ Brigade in Inverkeithing, Fife
Jacqueline Ramsden, ranger guider, St Anne’s-on-Sea, Lancashire
Rachael Ronchetti, operations manager, Fairbridge Charity, Tyne and Wear
Angela Scarisbrick, practice educator for advanced nursing practice, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Harold Sharpe, head coach, Special Needs Unit Gymnasts, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Ralph Sixsmith, chair, Dearne Valley Venture, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
The Rev Christopher Stark, foster carer, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Kathleen Stark, foster carer, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Gillian Strachan, service manager, NCH Scotland
James Taylor, member, management committee, Ponteland Scout Group, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Dr John Thomas, treasurer and trustee, YMCA South East Region and Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, YMCA Woking, Surrey
Phillip Thorne, principal teacher of music, St David’s Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith, Midlothian
Alexandra Timpson, foster carer, Cheshire Council
Alan Trice, chair of fund-raising, Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project Ltd, Teeside, North Yorkshire
Anthony Walker, director of student services, Barony College, Lockerbie, Dumfries
Peter Ward, former member, Joint Children’s Panel Advisory Committee for Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling
Geoffrey Watts, assistant principal, St Neots Community School, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Isabelle White, for services to Save the Children UK and to the Tibetan community
Sarah Kearsley-Wooller, for services to Hope House Children’s Hospices in North Wales and Shropshire


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