The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has once again recognised the achievements of professionals and practitioners across the education, employability, housing and justice sectors.

There are several awards again in Further Education. Dr Paul Philips, Principal of the Weston College Group, has become a CBE, whilst Dr Nigel Leigh, Principal of Stephenson College, and Beverley Robinson, Principal of Blackpool & Flyde College, both become OBEs.

Paul Mullins, Chair of the Education & Training Foundation, becomes on OBE, whilst Gill Clipson, Former Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, becomes an OBE. Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of KMF Precision Sheet Metal, becomes an MBE, in recognition of his company’s award winning apprenticeship programme. Franklyn Harris and Amanda Scales, both Learning Ambassadors at the Learning & Work Institute, receive British Empire Medals.

Several DWP officials are once again recognised in the Birthday honours list. This notably includes Martyn Hamlin, a Disability Employment Advisor from Somerset, who collects a British Empire Medal. There is also an MBE for Laura McCartney, Assistant Director of Employment Services at Disability Action in Northern Ireland.

Christopher Syrus, founder of Syrus Consultancy, an offender rehabilitation social enterprise, receives a British Empire Medal. Gillian Vine, former Chair of the Buckinghamshire Association for the Care of Offenders, who recently passed away, posthumously also receives a British Empire Medal. There is also an OBE for Geraldine Howley, Chief Executive of Incommunities, for services to housing, young people and the community in Bradford.