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Excellence in Governance: New Year's Honours List 2024


As we start the new year and spring term, we want to congratulate our school and trust governance colleagues whose hard work and dedication were recognised in the King's New Year's Honours list.

These include:



Tiffany Crowell Beck Chair of Trustees, Maritime Academy Trust. For services to Education (Gravesend,Kent)

Jonathan Robert McGoh, chair and co-founder, The Reach Foundation and co-founder and trustee of Reach Academy Feltham. For services to education. (East Sussex)


Sarah Elizabeth Armitage is chair of trustees of Embark Federation. For services to education. (Derbyshire)

Robert Beaumont lately governor at Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, Halifax. For services to school governance and to children and young people with special educational needs. (West Yorkshire)

Joan Lorna Jeannette Cocking, chair of governors, Kent College Canterbury. For services to education. (Kent)

Richard Alexander Stewart, lately trustee and chair of trustees, St John's School and College, Brighton. For services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. (East Sussex)

David Walker, chair of trustees, Horizons Specialist Academy Trust. For services to education. (County Durham)

Emma Balchin, NGA Co-Chief Executive said:

"As we enter the new year and start a new term, I am thrilled to congratulate some of our committed school and trust governance volunteers whose outstanding efforts have been honoured in the King's New Year's Honours list.

The individuals recognised span the breadth of the country and embody the steadfast dedication to education shown by all those who govern. May this well-deserved acknowledgement serve as a tribute to the hugely positive impact governance can have on shaping a brighter and more inclusive future for our children and young people."


Emma Knights, NGA Co-Chief Executive said:

"While the honours process has had its recent controversies, no one disputes the importance of valuing those who volunteer to benefit children, their communities and their futures. However, the number of governance volunteers honoured is slightly fewer than usual. NGA encourages and supports the nominations for future honours: if you know of a worthy recipient, please get in touch. As well as acknowledging individuals, we need school and trust governance to be visible. "

Get in touch

Contact Seán Cassidy for support in making an honours nomination. 

Visible Governance

See more of our Visble Goveance campaign.