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NGA Consultants Honoured

Two NGA consultants have received recognition in this year's King’s Birthday Honours


The National Governance Association (NGA) is proud to announce that two of our consultants, Peter Thomas and Ian Wilson, have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List for their outstanding contributions to education and governance. Peter Thomas has been awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), while Ian Wilson has been honoured with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

With over two decades of experience in education, they have played a pivotal role in shaping governance policies and practices where they worked and volunteered. Their combined dedication to fostering excellence in school leadership and governance has made a profound impact on the educational institutions and communities they represent.

Peter and Ian's recognition serves as a testament to the exceptional expertise, commitment, and impact that our consultants bring to the field of education and governance. Their achievements underscore the NGA's dedication to excellence, the calibre of our consultants and our ongoing mission to support and improve educational outcomes through outstanding governance

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Emma Balchin, Co-chief executive said:

“We are incredibly proud of Peter and Ian and their commitment to governance and education throughout their careers. We are excited about the impact they have on the sector as NGA consultants and beyond and look forward to continuing to work with and learn from them. Huge congratulations to everyone honoured for their contributions to education, we are thrilled to see so many of you who support this field recognised for the critical work to improve outcomes for children and young people.”

We want to congratulate our school and trust governance colleagues whose hard work and dedication were also recognised These include:


Richard Cecil Greenhalgh - Chair, United Learning MultiAcademy Trust. For services to Education 


William Niel Mclean-  Chair of Trustees, Learning Foundation. For services to education.


David Charles Tibble -  Trustee, Inspiration Trust. For services to Education and to Philanthropy in Norfolk


Sally Therese Atkinson - For services to Education and to the community in the London Borough of Barnet


David Michael - Coles Chair of Trustees, Manor Multi-Academy Trust, Wolverhampton. For services to Education


Reverend Charles - John Nevin Trustee, The Laurus Trust, Cheadle, Cheshire. For services to Education


Alexander Peter Walmsley -  Chair of Trustees, The First Federation Trust, Newton

Abbot, Devon. For services to  Education

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Janet Nelson Governor - Kineton Church of England Primary School, Warwick, Warwickshire. For services to Education


Rizwan Rehman - Chair of Governors, Lapage Primary School and Nursery, Bradford, West Yorkshire. For services to Education

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