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New Year Honours 2017: education, children’s services, equalities

The New Year Honours list recognises over 120 people for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality and diversity.

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The New Year 2017 Honours list published on Friday 30 December 2016 recognises over 120 people for their contribution to education or children’s services, and those who have made a difference to equality and diversity.

The list of award recipients covers all phases of education in schools, colleges and universities. It also covers people who have contributed in an outstanding way to children’s services, such as foster carers, children’s social workers, and those working in adoption and in early years settings.

Jonathan Slater, Department for Education Permanent Secretary, said:

I would like to congratulate all of the award winners in the New Year Honours List. Their outstanding work is improving the lives of children and young people through excellent care and education, and promoting women’s and LGB&T equality as well as diversity more widely.

If you know someone working in education or children’s services or making a significant impact in advancing equality for women and the LGB&T community who deserves an honour, please contact us at: Honours.team@education.gov.uk.

Companion of Honour

Award Title and name Short citation
CH Baroness Mary Warnock For services to charity and the education of children with special educational needs

Knight (Kt) / Dame (DBE)

Award Title and name Short citation
DBE Dame Vera Baird Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner. For services to women and equality
DBE Dame Helen Fraser Lately, Chief Executive, the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). For services to education

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Award Title and name Short citation
CBE Mr Hardip Begol Director, Independent Education, Safeguarding in Schools and Counter Extremism, DfE. For services to education
CBE Ms Clare Chamberlain Director of Family Services, Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For services to children and families
CBE Mr Andrew Christie Lately Director of Children’s Services for Tri-borough (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster), and Chair of the National Adoption Leadership Board. For services to children
CBE Professor Anthony Grayling For services to philosophy
CBE Professor Janice Kay Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter. For services to higher education
CBE Mr Mark Malcomson Principal and Chief Executive, City Lit. For services to adult education
CBE Mr Malcolm Newsam Lately Children’s Social Care Commissioner, Rotherham metropolitan borough council and Children’s Services Improvement Board Chair, Knowsley borough council. For services to children’s social care
CBE Mr Seamus Oates CEO and Executive Headteacher, TBAP Multi-Academy Trust. For services to education
CBE Mr Roger Pope CEO of Academies South West Multi Academy Trust, and Principal of Kingsbridge Community College, Devon, and Chair of the NCTL. For services to education
CBE Mr Nigel Richardson Lately Director of Children’s Services, Leeds city council. For services to children and families
CBE Professor Steven West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England. For services to higher education
CBE Dr Margaret Whalley Lately Director of Research, Training and Development, Pen Green Training and Development Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire. For services to education

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Award Title and name Short citation
OBE Ms Jane Acklam Executive Principal and CEO, Moor End Academies Trust. For services to education
OBE Mrs Diane Aderyn Director of Finance and Commercial Services, University of Bath. For services to higher education
OBE Mr Joe Baden Founder, Open Book Project. For services to higher education
OBE Mrs Alison Beane Executive Headteacher, Mary Rose Academy and Cliffdale Primary Academy, Portsmouth and a Director of the Solent Academies Trust. For services to education
OBE Mrs Susan Bennett Head of St Thomas Centre Nursery School, Birmingham. For services to education
OBE Mr Abdul Bhanji Deputy Chair, University of London Board of Trustees. For services to education and young people
OBE Ms Eleanor Brazil Children’s Services Commissioner Slough, Sandwell and Dudley. For services to children’s social care
OBE Mrs Julie Bullous Lately Executive Headteacher, Federation of Mary Howard and St. Andrew’s Primary School, Tamworth, Staffordshire. For services to education
OBE Mrs Joanna Burgess Principal and Founder of Blossom House School, London. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
OBE Professor Claire Callender Professor of Higher Education Studies, University College London Institute of Education. For services to higher education
OBE Dr Jonathan Clark Executive Headteacher, Beckmead Family of Schools, Croydon. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
OBE Mr Christopher Cook Chairman, Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children Board. For services to children
OBE Ms Janet Cooper Partner in Specialist Law Firm, Tapestry Compliance. For services to equality, women’s empowerment and employee share ownership
OBE Mrs Donna Cornwell Associate Headteacher, Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary School, Cambridge. For services to education
OBE Mr Stuart Cornwell Chair of Trustees, A Way Out, Stockon-on-Tees, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Spurgeons Child Care and Chair of the Advisory Panel, Safe Families for Children. For services to children and families
OBE Mrs Angela Cox Diocesan Director for Education, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds. For services to education
OBE Professor Valentine Cunningham Lately Professor of English Language and Literature, Corpus Christi College Oxford. For services to scholarship and understanding of humanities
OBE Professor Mary Dunning Lately Governor, Tyne Metropolitan College. For services to further and higher education and the community in the North East of England
OBE Mr Michael Foy (G6) Regional Head for the Midlands and North West, Free Schools Capital Division, Education Funding Agency. For services to the Department for Education
OBE Mr Brian Gale Director of Policy and Campaigns, National Deaf Children’s Society. For services to special educational needs
OBE Mr David Gould Lately Executive Principal, ARK Boulton Academy, Birmingham and Regional Director (Secondary), ARK. For services to education
OBE Mr Christopher Green Founder, White Ribbon Campaign. For services to equality
OBE Mr Robert Green CEO, Stonewall Housing. For services to the LGB&T community
OBE Mr Brian Hooper Lately CEO, Ambitions Academy Trust. For services to education
OBE Professor Susan Hunstan Professor of English Language, University of Birmingham. For services to higher education and applied linguistics
OBE Ms Kathryn Jacob CEO, Pearl & Dean, for services to the promotion of equality and diversity
OBE Dr Brinder Mahon Chief Executive Officer, Nishkam School Trust. For services to education
OBE Mrs Philomena Marshall Lately Executive Principal, Excelsior Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne, and currently Education Director and trustee of Laidlaw Schools Trust. For services to education
OBE Reverend Jen Mullis Assistant Director, Further Education Commercial and Legal Unit, Department for Education. For services to further education and to the community in Yorkshire
OBE Ms Carol Norman Headteacher, Welbeck Primary School, Nottingham. For services to education
OBE Ms Shona Sands Powell Director, Nottingham Lakeside Arts. For services to the arts and education
OBE Professor Rosalind Richards Head of International Study and Language Institute, University of Reading. For services to language support for international education
OBE Mr Michael Robbins Principal, Bridgwater and Taunton College. For services to further education
OBE Mrs Marva Rollins Headteacher, Raynham Primary School, Edmonton, London. For services to education

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Award Title and name Short citation
MBE Councillor Mohammed Aikhlaq Chair of Leigh Multi-Academy Trust, Birmingham. For services to education
MBE Mrs Anjana Appiah Foster Carer, Islington council. For services to children
MBE Mr Krushnah Appiah Foster Carer, Islington council. For services to children
MBE Mr Kenneth Barrass Lately Chair, Rotherham and North Nottinghamshire College. For services to further education
MBE Mr Anthony Bayon Chair of Governors, Harris Academy Merton and Harris Academy, and Member of the Harris Federation Board. For services to education
MBE Ms Cathy Blair Lately Director of Targeted and Specialist Children and Families Services at Islington council. For services to children’s social work
MBE Mr Jonathan Bloomer Lately Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the NSPCC. For services to children and young people
MBE Mrs Tracey Booth Chair of Governors, Churchill Community College, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. For services to education
MBE Ms Debra Bourne Co-Founder, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. For services to diversity in the fashion industry
MBE Ms Jo Ann Boylan-Kemp Lately Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University. For services to higher education
MBE Mr Guy Brigg Deputy Headteacher, Dr Radcliffe’s Church of England School, Oxfordshire. For services to education and to the community in Oxfordshire
MBE Ms Karen Brock Founder, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service. For services to education
MBE Ms Candy Burgess Head of Pupil Services, Islington council. For services to special educational needs and disabilities
MBE Mr Joseph Cahill Police Officer and Chair of Governors, Broadway Academy, Birmingham. For services to education and to the community
MBE Mr Keith Caulkin Lately Physics Teacher, The Blue Coat School Liverpool. For services to education
MBE Mr Richard Cheetham Senior Fellow in Sport Coaching, University of Winchester. For services to education and community sport
MBE Mrs Kerry Clancy-Horner Area Manager, Children’s Services, The Children’s Society. For services to children and young people
MBE Mrs Susan Clifford Volunteer, Adoption UK. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Penelope Cox Headteacher, Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, Richmond. For services to Education
MBE Mr Peter Davies Chair of Governors, Kingsdown School, Southend on Sea, Essex and Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Leigh North Street Juniors. For services to education
MBE Mrs Judith Deighton Foster Carer, Hampshire county council. For services to children
MBE Ms Jill Derry Group Human Resources Director, Centrica PLC, and Women’s Business Council Member. For services to women and equality
MBE Mr Martin Devenish Alumni Support, University Council, University of Birmingham. For services to higher education and voluntary service to educational development overseas
MBE Mrs Helen Dicker Chair of Governors, Tarleton Academy and Lately Chair of Governors, Tarleton Community Primary. For services to education
MBE Mrs Betty Dixon Chair of Governors, Jacksdale Primary School and Selston Primary School, Nottinghamshire. For services to education
MBE Mrs Yvonne Edwards Governor and former Chair of Governors, Northampton School for Boys. For services to education
MBE Mrs Patricia Fellows School Meal Advisor. For services to education
MBE Mr Tony Fenwick Co-Chair, School’s Out. For services to the LGB&T community
MBE Mrs Jennifer Foote Company Secretary and General Counsel, Manchester College (UK LTE Group) and Chair, National Clerks Network. For services to further education
MBE Mr Steve Frampton Principal, Portsmouth Sixth-Form College. For services to education
MBE Ms Karen Fraser Director, Advertising Association. For services to diversity and equality in the advertising industry
MBE Ms Sarah Garrett Founder, Square Peg Media. For services to diversity and inclusion
MBE Mrs Jacqueline Gent Headteacher, Bishop Barrington School, Co Durham. For services to education and to the community
MBE Mrs Patricia Gould Chair of High View School, Plymouth. For services to education
MBE Mrs Sherann Hillman Project Lead Seashell Trust, Co-Chair and North West Representative of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Chair for PIPS Parent Carer Forum. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
MBE Ms Elaine Holness Kinship Carer and Organiser of Lambeth and Southwark Kinship Care Support Group, Director of the Karibu Education Centre. For services to children and families and the community of Lambeth
MBE Ms Sara Kibel Governor, Westminster Adult Education Service. For services to adult education
MBE Mrs Glynis Kortright Volunteer and lately Chair of Governors, St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Junior School, Surrey. For services to education
MBE Mr Max Mills School Volunteer, St John Fisher Catholic High School, Harrogate. For services to education
MBE Mrs Catherine Parlett Chair, Lighthouse Trust, Leeds. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
MBE Mr Gordon Phillips Lately Principal, The Meadows Sports College, Oldbury, West Midlands. For services to special educational needs and disabilities
MBE Ms Mary Quinn Education Consultant, and Former Executive Principal, Stourport High School and 6th Form College, Stourport-on-Severn. For services to education
MBE Mr Mark Riddell Trafford Care Leaving Services. For services to children
MBE Mrs Rita Roblin Foster Carer, Bristol and Chairperson, North Somerset Foster Panel. For services to children
MBE Mr Michael Roughan Chairman, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Leicestershire and Rutland Adoption Panels. For services to children and to the community
MBE Mrs Susan Sharratt Lately Head of Speech and Language Unit and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Bexton School, Knutsford. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
MBE Ms Jill Sheldrake Service Director, Together Trust, Cheadle, Cheshire. For services to children
MBE Mr Michael Spence Teaching Assistant and Former Governor, Manorbrook Primary School, Gloucestershire. For services to education and disability sport
MBE Ms Denise Tully Bequeathal Officer, University of Liverpool. For services to medical education and research
MBE Mrs Louise Upton Foster Carer, Kent county council. For services to children
MBE Mr Ronald Upton Lately Foster Carer, Kent county council. For services to children
MBE Ms Angela (Willy) Walters Programme Director for Fashion, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. For services to higher education, fashion and the creative industries
MBE Mrs Gillian Walton Lately Deputy Headteacher, St Martin’s Catholic Primary School, Cheshire. For services to education
MBE Mr George Wells Chair, Selby College Corporation. For services to further education
MBE Dr Nicola Wetherall For service to Holocaust, genocide prevention and human rights education
MBE Mrs Sue Wilkinson Association Strategic Lead at Association for Physical Education. For services to education

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Award Title and name Short citation
BEM Mrs Elizabeth Blackburn Support Worker, The William Henry Smith School, West Yorkshire. For services to special educational needs and disabilities
BEM Mrs Jeanette Courtman After School Club Chair, Pre-School Chair and Breakfast Club Chair, Holbeton School, Devon. For services to education and the local community
BEM Ms Diane Croston Chair of Governors, Morgans Primary School and Nursery, Hertfordshire. For services to education
BEM Mrs Beverley Darlison Chair, Parent Teachers Association and Organiser, School Summer Playscheme, Fitzwaryn School, Oxfordshire. For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
BEM Mrs Mary Duncan Volunteer, Chailey Heritage Foundation, East Sussex. For services to special educational needs and disabilities
BEM Mr David Emley Lately technician, Keele University. For services to higher education and natural history in Staffordshire   
BEM Mr Michael Fillenham Founder and Chairman, Western Area Clerks Association. For services to education
BEM Mr William Gerlach UK Volunteer Reading Scheme, Shawley Community Primary School, Surrey. For services to education
BEM Mrs Habidah Glass School Volunteer, Clayton Village Primary School, Bradford. For services to education
BEM Mr Gerald Granston For services to holocaust education
BEM Mr Victor Hird Farm and Estates Manager, Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University. For services to land-based education
BEM Mrs Maureen Nunn Mid-day Assistant, Cleaner and School Volunteer, Lubbins Park Primary School, Essex. For services to education
BEM Mrs Carmen Patel Lately Head of Year 11, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Croydon. For services to education
BEM Mrs Margaret Shaw Leader, 19th Huddersfield (Golcar Church) Rainbows and Brownies. For services to children
BEM Mrs Fiona Sinfield Lately Music Teacher, Linton Mead Primary School, Thamesmead, London. For services to education and the local community
BEM Ms Rosalind Taylor Volunteer Assessor for Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. For services to education
Published 30 December 2016