The civil servant who oversaw the troubled families programme and led a review into failings at Rotherham MBC has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Dame Louise Casey, who is currently leading a review into community integration, is director general at the Department for Communities & Local Government and has been recognised for services to families and vulnerable people.
She joins a number of other senior local government figures who were recognised in the honours to mark the Queen’s ninetieth birthday, including Oldham MBC chief executive Carolyn Wilkins, who was awarded an OBE for services to local government and public sector reform.
David Pearson, Nottinghamshire CC’s corporate director for adult social care, health and public protection, and a past president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, was recognised with a CBE, as was Colin Diamond, Birmingham City Council’s executive director of education.
A number of council leaders also received CBEs recognising their services to local government on the national stage as well as in their communities. These were Anne Western (Lab) Derbyshire CC, Philip Atkins (Con) Staffordshire CC, Paul Bettison (Con) Bracknell Forest Council, Ruth Dombey (Lib Dem) Sutton LBC.
Portsmouth City Council councillor and leader of the Local Government Association’s Liberal Democrat group Gerald Vernon Jackson was also awarded a CBE.
A number of council officers and elected members were awarded MBEs recognising their contributions to their local areas while a number of social workers were also recognised for services to children and families.
Ruth Atkinson, communities director, Eden DC
Gillian Cooney, head of tenancy services, Greenwich RBC
Mark Jones, city and regeneration policy manager, Hull City Council
Linda O’Brien, chief executive Hertfordshire Catering Limited, Hertfordshire County Council
Margaret Shutt, festivals and events manager, Leicester City Council
Christopher Worman, parks and grounds manager, Rugby BC
David Hodgson (Lib Dem), mayor Bedford BC
Simon Cook (Lib Dem), assistant mayor for business change, resources and the arts, Bristol City Council
Peter Hogarth (Con), Solihull MBC
Lesley Williams (Lab), Gloucestershire County Council
William (Bill) Woodhead (Con), Stockton on Tees Council
Joan Scannell (Con), Barnet LBC
Mark Healey (Con), Chair, Devon and Somerset Fire Authority
Elizabeth Eyre (Con), Worcestershire County Council
Michael Sharpe (Lab), Birmingham City Council
Nicola Clemo, lately social worker and service director for children’s social care, Cambridgeshire CC,
Margaret Bersey, social worker and team manager, Plymouth City Council
Taiyabur Chowdhury, lately adoption social worker, Bradford City Council
Anne Harvey, social worker, approved mental health practitioner and children’s social care service manager, Sefton MBC