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Happy New Year and congratulations to everyone who received an honour in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2015. It is always a pleasure to see honours specifically for governance and this year we are also very happy to see in the mix two governors from federations. For more about federations and how they can improve governance, visit our Federations page.
Hats off to NGA’s very own chair, Ian Courtney. Ian was awarded an MBE for his services to Dartmoor Federation (West Devon). Congratulations to Kit Wells (officially Christopher) chair of the Federation of Gislingham and Palgrave Primary Schools (Suffolk): winners of NGA’s outstanding governing body award in 2013. Also to Liz Garnham whom, as well as being vice chair of the Birmingham Governors’ Network, is also member of NGAs special schools group.
Those receiving awards for school governance include: Margaret Brown (schools in South London), Patricia Burns (Appleby Grammar, Cumbria), John Hall (Hollybank School Trust, West Yorkshire), Timothy Meynell (Alconbury Church of England Primary, Cambridgeshire), William Patterson (Northern Ireland) and Sandra Simmons (Kilgarth Special School, Merseyside).
Please nominate a governor or trustee for the next round of honours. Take a look at the guidance for nominating school governors and trustees.
If you’d like to take a look at the full Education specific honours list, you can find it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-year-honours-list-2015-education-and-childrens-services