Several leading figures in adult and children’s social care have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list.
Essex CC’s executive director, social care, Dave Hill has been awarded a CBE for services to children’s social care, as has Nick Whitfield, chief executive of Achieving for Children, the council-owned company which provides children’s services in Kingston upon Thames and Windsor & Maidenhead RBCs and Richmond upon Thames LBC.
Mr Hill described the CBE as a “tremendous honour”. He added: “It is a wonderful thing to be recognised for the professional contribution you’ve made and the positive impact you’ve had on the careers and lives of others.”
Alan Wood, the former director of children’s services at Hackney LBC, who has led high-profile reviews of children’s services in Doncaster, Birmingham and Tower Hamlets since his retirement in 2015, will receive a knighthood for services to children’s social care and education.
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Enfield LBC director of health, housing and adult social care Ray James, who is set to begin a secondment to NHS England as national learning disability director, has been awarded a CBE for services to adult social services, as has Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission.
Mr James said he was “deeply honoured” and thanked his colleagues and councillors at Enfield for their support.
Ms Sutcliffe said she felt “incredibly lucky and very grateful” to receive the honour.
She added: “My passion and determination to speak up for people’s rights, celebrate great care and make a difference so that all services meet the ‘Mum Test’ remains as necessary and as strong as ever.”
Redcar & Cleveland BC chief executive Amanda Skelton received a CBE for services to the Redcar and Tees Valley economy, while former chief executive of Cherwell DC and South Northamptonshire Council Sue Smith has received an MBE for services to local government.
Ms Skelton paid tribute to the “determination and resilience” of the local community and “positive drive” of businesses.
Cherwell and South Northamptonshire’s current chief executive Yvonne Rees paid tribute to Ms Smith’s “passion and determination”.
She added: “Her vision and determination have resulted in significant change which has had a true, tangible impact on the residents of both districts and left a lasting legacy for us to build upon.”
Former Southend-on-Sea BC chief executive Rob Tinlin, who used to chair the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, also received an MBE for services to local government.
Two senior officers at North Yorkshire CC have received OBEs.
Assistant director for children and families Judith Hay has been honoured for services to child protection, while head of children and young people’s resources Martin Kelly received an OBE for services to children and young people.
Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady (Lab) has received an MBE for services to local government, while the council’s culture and place manager Jon Pywell received the same honour for services to culture.
Other politicians included in the honours list are North Tyneside Council elected mayor Norma Redfearn (Lab), who received a CBE, Ealing LBC deputy leader Ranjit Dheer (Lab), Oldham MBC councillor John Hudson (Lab) and Nuneaton & Bedworth BC leader Dennis Harvey (Lab), who all received an OBE.
Luton BC leader Hazel Simmons (Lab) and Hertsmere BC leader Morris Bright (Con) have received an MBE for services to local government, as has City of York Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism Ann Reid who is also the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council.
Bath & North East Somerset children’s services team manager Sarah Hogan and Ashford BC Syrian resettlement co-ordinator Anne Forbes both received a BEM (British Empire Medal).