A Lewes man has received one of the highest possible accolades in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to education.
Thomas Jeffery, director general at the Department of Education, has been honoured with the title of knights bachelor in recognition of his work for children’s services. He will now become a Sir alongside the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alexander Fleming, who are all knights bachelor.
A spokesperson from the Department of Education said: “Tom Jeffery has been an exceptional Civil Servant, and during his 11 years as director general for Children’s Services, he has been one of the leading national figures in the sector.
“He epitomises the Civil Service values and combines them with a deep and exceptional passion for improving children’s lives. This has enabled him to command the respect of colleagues across local government and children’s services.
“He has driven forward key reforms for children, including the establishment of over 3,500 Children’s Centres providing childcare, early education, health and family support to the most disadvantaged communities.
“His commitment to young people was also demonstrated through his Trusteeship of Sussex Central YMCA. He took up the role of acting permanent secretary in January 2012, and led the DfE through one of its most turbulent periods.
“His calmness, professionalism and exceptional leadership were instrumental in restoring Ministerial confidence in the Department and Civil Service.”
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List was released on Friday, June 12 and includes several people in Sussex.
Desmond Lambert (pictured left), principal at Plumpton College, has been honoured with an OBE for his services to land-based education and young people.
Four local people are set to become an MBE, including foster carer and Peacehaven resident Robert Goddard for his services to children and families, and Valerie Maynard, a prison volunteer at HMP Lewes, for services to prisoners and their families.
Mrs Helen Kilbride-Roberts, chairman of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, has been honoured for her services to arts and crafts, while Mayfield resident and former firefighter, Trevor Green, has also become an MBE for services to Humanitarian Aid through Operation Florian and to charity in East Sussex.
A post on the Operation Florian website said: “A huge congratulations goes to Trevor Green from all at Operation Florian. Mr ‘T’, as he is affectionately known, has worked tirelessly for the charity over the many years he has served with us. Many communities have benefited from Mr T’s expertise, fundraising and huge generosity.”
Graham Carpenter, Crowborough resident and chief executive of Dandelion Time, a charity for children and their families fragmented by trauma, abuse and neglect, will receive a British Empire Medal for services to young people and families in Kent.
Mary Taylor also made the list for a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Burwash.
Gary Walsh, deputy chief fire officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, was honoured with the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. Chief fire officer and chief executive of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Des Prichard, said: “I am delighted that both Gary and Trevor have been honoured. We congratulate them on receiving this well-deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication.
“Gary has used his considerable knowledge and expertise to advise and support other services as well as national groups. He is the driving force behind our Community Volunteer programme, which has grown from a pilot scheme in 2011 to a hugely successful group of 60+ volunteers, helping keep our community safe.
“Trevor Green – a former East Sussex firefighter – is well-known for his work with Operation Florian. This is an international charity which provides fire engines, equipment and training to the world’s poorest regions. Trevor is also one of our community volunteers and is a cheery and energetic part of the team.”
All those who have been named on the list will visit Buckingham Palace to collect their medals in due course.
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