Ken Olisa, Chairman and Trustee of Shaw Trust, has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours List for services to business and philanthropy. The accolade caps of a highly successful year for the charity, which saw it win two DWP Work & Health Programme contracts, alongside a co-commissioned Work & Health Programme contract in West London.

Elsewhere, Teresa Scott, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kennedy Scott, receives an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and employability. Teresa is a longstanding figurehead within the welfare to work sector, and collected ERSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Several further honours recognised the contribution of those delivering disability services. Rilesh Jadeja, DWPs National Access to Work Delivery Manager, was one of several DWP officials to be recognised, collecting an OBE. Poppy Jaman, co-founder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, also received an OBE.

There were several awards in the skills and further education sector. Alan Tuckett, former head of The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, received a knighthood. David Meller, Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, and co-chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board received a CBE. Judith Doyle, Principal of Gateshead College, and Dr Lindsey Whiterod, Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College also received CBEs.

Stephen Criddle, Principal of South Devon College, and Barbara Holm, Principal of Westminster Adult Education Service and founder of the National Adult Community Learning Support & Development Network received OBEs. Christine Jeffery, Chair of Skills Group UK Ltd and a board member of the Education & Training Foundation, received an MBE. Deborah Gardiner, Chief Executive of Qube Learning, and Alexander Khan, Chief Executive of Lifetime Training, also received MBEs.