The Birthday Honours list has once again recognised the efforts and contributions of a host of people working across the skills, employability, education and justice sectors. Heading up the list, Matthew Coffey, Ofsted’s Chief Operating Officer, is made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Karen Gosden, Universal Credit Area Director at DWP, is also made a Companion of the Order of the Bath, whilst Tim Read, DWP’s Implementation Delivery Manager for Universal Credit, receives a CBE.

Richard Frost, Employment Specialist Team Lead at the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, receives an MBE for services to mental health. He oversees Workways, a specialist service within the Trust, providing employment-focused support for local people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Elsewhere Henry Wilson, Project Director of REACH Community Projects in Haverhill, also receives an MBE for his work in providing drop-in support, money advice, and foodbank services aimed to help lift local people out of poverty.

Rehana Mohammed, Area Education Manager with the Workers’ Educational Association, receives an MBE for services to the education of marginalised women in Rochdale and Oldham. Violet Donovan, Co-founder of The Chris Donovan Trust, a charity established in the memory of her son who was tragically murdered, receives an MBE for services to restorative justice.

Angela Williams, Principal of Huddersfield New College, and Gill Alton, Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, both receive OBEs for services to education. Richard Bridgman, founder of mechanical engineering firm Warren Services Ltd, received an OBE for services to apprenticeships. Susan Simpson and Frederick Dodds, both Training Managers for WorldSkills UK, both receive MBES for services to the WorldSkills Competition. Alan Moss, Senior Lecturer at the RAF Central Training School, also receives an MBE for services to Apprentice Training.