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New Year Honours list 2015: education and children’s services

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The list of people working in education and children’s services who have received an honour.

Congratulations to New Year Honours recipients

Almost 100 people working in education and children’s services are recognised today (30 December 2014) for their service to education, children and families in the 2015 New Year Honours list. Six of those awarded received knighthoods or damehoods, while 19 have been given the British Empire Medal.

Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, said:

Congratulations to everyone on the New Year Honours list working in education and children’s services. Their endeavours are making a positive difference to children and families every day and they should take pride in their achievements.

Those honoured today include teachers, foster parents and headteachers from across England.

Award Nominee title Forename Surname Short citation
Knight Sir Theodore Agnew For services to education
Damehood Dame Kate Dethridge Principal of Churchend Primary School, Reading, and National Leader of Education. For services to education
Damehood Dame Oremi Evans Headteacher of The Brookfield School, Herefordshire. For services to education
Knight Professor Sir Julian Le Grand Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics. For services to social science and public service
Damehood Dame Esther Rantzen For services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line
Knight Sir John Townsley Executive Principal of The Gorse Academy Trust, Leeds. For services to education
CBE Ms Virginia Beardshaw Chief Executive of I CAN children’s charity. For services to children with special needs and disabilities
CBE Mrs Catherine Marie Garside Headteacher of St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School, Swinton, Salford. For services to education
CBE Ms Uma Mehta Chief Community Services Lawyer of London Borough of Islington. For services to children
CBE Mr Tim Oates Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment. For services to education
CBE Ms Amanda Phillips Executive Principal of Paradigm Trust, Tower Hamlets, London. For services to education
CBE Mrs Judith Salter Headteacher of Glenwood Special School, Essex. For services to education
CBE Professor Caroline Whalley Founder of The Elliot Foundation, and Trustee of Support and Help in Education (SHINE). For services to education
OBE Mr (Gulfaraz) Gugsy Ahmed Headteacher of Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax. For services to education
OBE Mrs Lorraine Allen Principal of Whitley Academy, Coventry. For services to education
OBE Ms Stephanie Brivio Assistant Director of Child Protection, Safeguarding Group, Department for Education. For services to child protection and to the community in the Medway
OBE Professor Margaret Brown For services to mathematics education and to governance of schools in south London
OBE Mr Adam Chedburn Headteacher of Whitley Bay High School, Tyne and Wear. For services to education
OBE Dr Lesley Curtis Headteacher of Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Liverpool. For services to education
OBE Mr Peter Dahlstrom Headteacher of Hope Special School, Wigan. For services to education
OBE Mrs Lynn Greenwold Chief Executive Officerof the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties. For services to children with special educational needs
OBE Mr Ian Hart Department for Education Liaison Officer of the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment. For services to children
OBE Mr David Hudson JP Executive Headteacher of Wickersley School and Sports College, Rawmarsh Community School and Clifton Community School, Rotherham. For services to education
OBE Mrs Joan Hunt Honorary Professor at Cardiff Law School. For services to children
OBE Mr Nicholas Hurn Executive Headteacher of Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead and of St Robert of Newminster School, Sunderland. For services to education
OBE Mrs Patricia Jones Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Bristol exia Centre. For services to education
OBE Mr Richard Millington Executive Principal of Chepping View Primary School, Buckinghamshire. For services to education
OBE Mr John Morris Headteacher of Ardleigh Green Junior School, Havering. For services to education
OBE Ms Julie Morrow Head of Appletree and Stoneygate Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres, Lancashire. For services to children and families
OBE Mr Graham Mungeam Non-executive Chairman of Oasis Community Learning. For services to children and families
OBE Mr Michael Pears Assistant Director of Academies Group, IFD, Department for Education. For services to education and to the community in Hounslow
OBE Ms Jenny Preece Bill Principal and Manager, Childcare, Special Educational Needs and Children’s Strategy, Department for Education. For services to children
OBE Ms Maura Regan Principal of Carmel College and Chief Executive of the Carmel Education Trust. For services to education
OBE Ms Margrit Wendy Scott President of Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators. For services to education
OBE Dr John Simmonds Director of Policy, Research and Development at the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. For services to children and families
OBE Professor Iram Siraj Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Insititute of Education, University of London. For services to education
OBE Mrs Mardy Smith Principal of New College, Worcester. For services to education
MBE Ms Shabana Abasi Head of Service at Cafcass, Greater Manchester. For services to children in Greater Manchester
MBE Mrs Shahnaz Akhtar Foster Carer, Slough. For services to children and families
MBE Mr Michael Andrews Lately Foster Carer, Hampshire County Council. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Valerie Andrews Lately Foster Carer, Hampshire County Council. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Cindy Blake Foster Carer, Hampshire County Council. For services to children and families
MBE Mr Kenneth Blake Foster Carer, Hampshire County Council. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Patricia Bolton Founder of Gateshead ADHD Support Group and of the Parents In Power parent-carer forum, Gateshead. For services to children with disabilities and their families
MBE Pastor Gbolahan Ayorinde Bright Volunteer Maths Teacher at Bright Maths Club, Dagenham Heathway Library. For services to education
MBE Ms Roma Lynn Charlton Chief Executive Officer of After Adoption. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Lynda Clapham Librarian of Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry. For services to education
MBE Mr Raymond Coe Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Royal Docks Community School, London Borough of Newham. For services to education and to the community in Newham
MBE Mr Ian Courtney Chair of the Dartmoor Federation. For services to education
MBE Mrs Barbara Drummond Holiday Camps Organiser of Derby Deaf Children’s Society. For services to children with special needs and disabilities in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
MBE Mrs Susan Flohr Manager of the British Dyslexia Association National Helpline and Policy, Berkshire. For services to dyslexic people
MBE Ms Liz Formby Team Leader of Children’s Social Care, Department for Education, and Trustee of Akamba Children’s Education Fund. For services to children and to charity
MBE Mrs Elizabeth Garnham Chair of Governors of Uffculme and Hamilton Special Schools, and Vice Chair of Parents Views Count, Birmingham. For services to education
MBE Mr John Greener Foster Carer for Foster Care Associates, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Linda Greener Foster Carer for Foster Care Associates, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. For services to children and families
MBE Mr John Hall Chair of Trustees, Hollybank School Trust, West Yorkshire. For services to children and adults with special needs and disabilities
MBE Ms Teresa Harper Head of Teacher Development of the Education Standards Directorate, Department for Education. For services to education and to the community in Redbridge
MBE Miss Margaret Hawkes Foster Carer, Merseyside. For services to children and families
MBE Mr Stephen Hill Deputy Headteacher of St. Joseph’s RC School, Shaw, Oldham. For services to education and charity
MBE Mr Brian Jones Lately Foster Carer, Worcestershire. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Jillian Jones Lately Foster Carer, Worcestershire. For services to children and families
MBE Dr Kenneth Jones Holiday Camps Organiser for Derby Deaf Children’s Society. For services to children with special needs and disabilities in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
MBE Mr Abdul Razaq Khan Foster Carer in Slough. For services to children and families
MBE Mrs Susan Kirkham Lately Curriculum and Assessment Specialist of the Association for Schools and College Leaders. For services to education
MBE Rabbi Barry Marcus For services to Holocaust education
MBE Mrs Julie McLean Director of Work-based Learning and School Partnerships at City College Plymouth. For services to education
MBE Ms Judith Miln Deputy Headteacher of Clapton Girls’ Academy, Hackney. For services to education
MBE Mrs Valerie Anne Morris President of Birmingham Branch and Divisional Vice President of NSPCC. For services to children
MBE Mrs Maureen Murray Lately Programme Manager of The Children’s Society, Solihull. For services to disabled children and their families
MBE Mr Anthony Scott Chief Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE Physical Education of Edexcel Exam Board. For services to education
MBE Mr Alan Sefton Head of Arsenal in the Community. For services to education and to young people in the UK and abroad
MBE Mrs Sandra Simmons Chair of Governors of Kilgarth School, Merseyside. For services to education
MBE Mr Charlie Stripp Chief Executive of Mathematics in Education and Industry. For services to education
MBE Mrs Janet Thethi Divisional Vice President of the North East NSPCC. For services to children
MBE Mr Christopher Wells Chair of Governors of Federated Schools of Gislingham and Palgrave, Suffolk. For services to education
MBE Mrs Deborah Withers Lately Headteacher of Wren Spinney Special School, Kettering. For services to education
BEM Mrs Audrey Apperley For services to children and young people in Tillington, Herefordshire
BEM Mrs Patricia Burns Staff Governor of Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria. For services to education
BEM Ms Lesley Calvert Manager of Funfishers Out of School Club and Playgroup, York. For services to education
BEM Mrs Tracy Cullen Business Manager of Queensbridge Primary School, London Borough of Hackney. For services to education
BEM Mrs Jane Doherty Manager of Ashford Family Nursery, Kent. For services to children and families
BEM Mrs Ashley Hall Fundraiser and Volunteer of Rocklands Special School, Lichfield. For services to education
BEM Mrs Maureen Higham Founder of Stay and Play Group, Warrington. For services to children and to the community in Radley Common
BEM Mrs (Monica) Susan Hill Community Volunteerof Mothers and Toddlers Group, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. For services to children and families
BEM Mrs Janet Inglis School Teacher of Immanuel College, Bradford. For services to education
BEM Mr James Jackson Head Caretaker of Woodhouse College, London. Borough of Barnet For services to education
BEM Mr Nicholas Martin Co-founder and Fundraiser of Miracles To Believe In Charity, Leicestershire and Rutland. For services to children and families
BEM Mr Timothy Meynell School Governor and Volunteer Music Teacher at Alconbury Church of England Primary School, Cambridgeshire. For services to education
BEM Mrs Margaret O’Prey Voluntary Nursery Assistant at Petts Wood Playgroup for Children with Special Needs, Kent. For services to children and to the community in Petts Wood
BEM Mrs (Nanette) Lynne Pullinger Lately Learning Support Assistant at Burford School, Marlow Bottom, Buckinghamshire. For services to education
BEM Ms Effat Rahimi-Kaloujeh SIMS Operational Manager (Inclusion) of Westminster Academy, London. For services to education
BEM Mrs Diana Robinson School Volunteer and Chair of the Old Girls’ Association, Bury Grammar School Girls. For services to education
BEM Ms Margot Small Volunteer of Failsworth Children’s Centre, Burnley, Manchester. For services to children and young people
BEM Mrs Pamela Smith Volunteer at Ivington Church of England Primary School, Hereford. For services to education
BEM Mrs Sandra Wevill Manager of Broughton Astley Playgroup, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire. For services to children and families

The full New Year Honours list is also available.

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Published 31 December 2014