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.
A knights bachelor, the most ancient form of British knight dating back to the 13th century, is someone who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the Orders of Chivalry. There is no female equivalent of the Knight Bachelor; women deserving the rank are appointed Dame Commanders of the British Empire (DBE) instead.
Mr Jeffery 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 today (Friday, June 12) and includes a number of influential people in Sussex.
Desmond Lambert, 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 receive MBEs, 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.
Mayfield resident Trevor Green has also been named as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Humanitarian Aid through Operation Florian and to charity in East Sussex, while Mrs Helen Kilbride-Roberts, chairman of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, has been honoured for her services to arts and crafts.
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.
Those who were mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours will all travel to Buckingham Palace to receive their medals in due course.
Thomas Baird Jeffery, CB. Director general, Department for Education, Children’s Services and Departmental Strategy Directorate. For services to the Department for Education. (Lewes, East Sussex)
Jonathan Church. Artistic director Chichester Festival Theatre. For services to the Theatre. (Chichester, West Sussex)
Professor Julian Moray Crampton, DL. Vice Chancellor, University of Brighton. For services to Higher Education. (East Sussex)
Alan Finch. Executive director Chichester Festival Theatre. For services to the Theatre. (Chichester, West Sussex)
Ms Melanie Jane Leech. Director general Food and Drink Federation. For services to the Food and Drink Industry. (Horsham, West Sussex)
David Patrick Henry Burgess, MBE, DL. For services to Young People and the Community in West Sussex. (Chichester, West Sussex)
Roderick Barrymore Brooke Jones. For services to the community in Bognor Regis West Sussex. (Bognor Regis, West Sussex)
Desmond Paul Lambert. Principal Plumpton College. For services to Land Based Education and Young People. (Lewes, East Sussex)
Mrs Shelagh Jane Legrave. Principal and chief executive, Chichester College. For services to Further Education. (Midhurst, West Sussex)
Dr Hong Lu. For services to the Chinese community in the UK and Community Relations between the UK and China. (Hove, East Sussex)
Leslie Henry Alden. For services to the community in Southwark London. (Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex)
Mrs Lorraine Brockhurst. Work Experience Co-ordinator, Worthing, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Young People in the Workplace. (Worthing, West Sussex)
Ms Clare Collins. Chair of Governors Weyfield Primary Academy, Surrey. For services to Education and School Governance. (Haywards Heath, West Sussex)
Anthony John French, TD. For services to the community in Chichester West Sussex. (Chichester, West Sussex)
Mrs Jean Stella Goad. District and Parish Councillor, Arun District, West Sussex. For services to Local Government. (Barnham, West Sussex)
Robert James Goddard. Foster Carer Brighton and Hove. For services to Children and Families. (Peacehaven, East Sussex)
Trevor Green. For services to Humanitarian Aid through Operation Florian and to charity in East Sussex. (Mayfield, East Sussex)
Andrew David James Jackson. Director Wakehurst Place, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For services to Conservation. (West Sussex)
Mrs Helen Joanna Mary Kilbride-Roberts. Chair, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, West Sussex. For services to the Arts and Crafts.
Mrs Valerie Joy Maynard. Prison Volunteer, HMPrison Lewes. For services to Prisoners and their Families. (East Grinstead, West Sussex)
Mrs Lorraine Mercer. For services to the community and to charity in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. (Haywards Heath, West Sussex)
Mrs Jillian Winifred Parker. Founder, Eastbourne Area Parents’ Action Group and the JPK Sussex Project, Eastbourne. For services to Children and Adults with a Learning Disability and their Families. (Eastbourne, East Sussex)
Lloyd Martin Richards. For services to the community in West Sussex. (East Grinstead, West Sussex)
Iain Shepherd. Marine Systems director MARCOM Defence. For services to the Marine Sector and the Economy in Chichester, West Sussex. (Aldwick, West Sussex)
James George Thomas Smith. For services to the community in Crawley West Sussex. (Crawley, West Sussex)
John Alexander Vincent. Restauranteur. For services to School Food. (Horsted Keynes, West Sussex)
Peter Webb. Founder and managing director Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd. For services to Business and the community in Worthing, West Sussex. (Worthing, West Sussex)
Mrs Patricia Anne Weller. For voluntary and charitable services in Brighton and Hove. (East Sussex)
BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL:
Graham Robert Carpenter. Chief executive Dandelion Time. For services to Young People and Families in Kent. (Crowborough, East Sussex)
Mrs Joan Downing. Councillor, Westfield Parish Council, East Sussex. For services to Rural Inclusion. (Hastings, East Sussex)
Mrs Myrna Rae Festing. For services to the community in Rye, East Sussex.
Mrs Lorraine Margaret Grocott. Clerk, Milland Parish Council. For services to the community in Milland, West Sussex. (Milland, West Sussex)
Peter Stanley Albert Hayman. For services to the community in Northiam East Sussex. (Rye, East Sussex)
Miss Mary Norah Howse. For services to the community in Beckley and Rye East Sussex. (Rye, East Sussex)
Mrs Josephine Jane Jordan Hutchinson. For services to the Arts in Worthing. (Worthing, West Sussex)
Vernon Lewis Jennings. For services to the Barns Green Half Marathon and to the community in Barns Green West Sussex.
Mrs Claire Judge. Volunteer, Development Committee, Ashurst Wood Community Pre-School. For services to Early Years Education. (West Sussex)
Peter Norman Knowles. For services to the community in West Chiltington West Sussex. (Pulborough, West Sussex)
Mrs Mary Joan Taylor. For services to the community in Burwash, East Sussex. (Etchingham, East Sussex)
Mrs Susan Ward. Chair, West Durrington Phoenix Youth Group. For services to Children and the community in West Durrington. (Worthing, West Sussex)
Miss Rowenna Jane Woodward. For services to Young People in Surrey and West Sussex through the Guide and Scout Movements. (Copthorne, West Sussex)
QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL:
Gary Charles Walsh. Deputy chief Fire Officer East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
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