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Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019

The New Year Honours List 2019 recognises the contributions of those who work in the education and children’s services including headteachers, social workers, foster carers, those who work in adoption services and school governors.

86 people have been awarded honours for their outstanding contributions to education, children’s services, and improving social mobility. 23 of those are leading figures from the FE and skills sector.

There were no knighthoods or dames, but there was one CBE, 10 OBEs, 11 MBEs and one British Empire medal.

Lynsi Hayward-Smith and Helen Pettifor, were recognised for their contribution to the Education and Training Foundation. Lynsi, head of adult learning and skills at Cambridgeshire County Council, was awarded a CBE for her support as an ETF Trustee and for services to Further Education. Helen received an OBE award and was the ETF’s Director of Professional Standards and Workforce Development, and then director of professional standards, up until her retirement.

Dr Neil Bentley, leader of WorldSkills UK since 2015, received an OBE for services to equality in business. Karen Dobson, principal and chief executive of Newcastle and Stafford College Group, and Everton Burke, chair of governors at Burton and South Derbyshire College, also received an OBEs.

For a full and comprehensive list of who got what in FE and skills, please see below:


  • Lynsi Hayward-Smith, trustee, ETF – for services to FE


  • Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive, WorldSkills UK – for services to equality in business
  • Carol Brooks, lately chief examiner, CACHE – for services to early years education
  • Everton Burke, chair of governors, Burton and South Derbyshire College – for services to FE
  • Karen Dobson, principal, Newcastle and Stafford College Group – for services to FE in Staffordshire
  • Nigel Duncan, principal, Fareham College – for services to FE
  • Professor Raymond Linforth, vice chancellor and principal, University College Birmingham – for services to HE and FE in the West Midlands
  • David Newborough – for services to skills in the energy and utility sector
  • Helen Pettifor, director of professional standards and workforce development, ETF – for services to FE
  • Karen Redhead, lately principal and chief executive officer, Derwentside College – for services to FE
  • Eleanor Tobin, lately principal, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College – for services to education and young people


  • Christopher Bridge, chair of corporation board, Colchester Institute – for services to FE and skills
  • Amali de Alwis, CEO, Code First and board member, Ada – for services to diversity and training in the technology industry
  • Paul Griffiths, chairman, Industry and Marine Hydraulics – for services to engineering skills and apprenticeships in Teesside
  • David Mark Hughes, chair, the East Midlands Apprenticeships Ambassador Network – for services to education
  • Angela Middleton, founder and chief executive, MiddletonMurray Group – for services to apprenticeship training, youth employment and business
  • Claire Paul, director, leadership development and new talent, BBC – for services to apprenticeships and education
  • Rachel Pilling, head of safeguarding, The Manchester College – for services to FE and safeguarding
  • Dr Judith Poole, head of student support and wellbeing, Blackpool and the Fylde College – for services to education
  • Derek Randall, chair of governors, Bridgwater and Taunton College – for services to FE
  • Bernard Rimmer, estates supervisor, Myerscough College – for services to the agricultural community
  • Ann Turner, lately principal and chief executive, Myerscough College – for services to land-based education and training

British Empire medal

  • James Whiskens, lately caretaker, Fircroft College – for services to student pastoral care
By | 2019-08-07T09:09:59+00:00 January 11th, 2019|News UK|Comments Off on Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019