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Andrew Christie awarded OBE

Andrew Christie has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to children in the New Years Honours.

Mr Christie is the Chair of the National Adoption Leadership Board and prior to his current role he was director of Children’s Services for Tri-borough (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster).

Mr Christie is also a Commissioner for Children’s Social Care in Birmingham.

Clare Chamberlain, director of Family Services at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has also been awarded a CBE for services to children and families. Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council Nigel Richardson also received a CBE for services to children and families.

Malcolm Newsam, Children’s Social Care Commissioner at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Children’s Services Improvement Board Chair at Knowsley borough council was awarded a CBE for services to children’s social care.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) were awarded to Ms Eleanor Brazil, Children’s Services Commissioner at Slough, Sandwell and Dudley, for services to children’s social care and Christopher Cook, Chairman of the Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children Board for services to children.

The New Year Honours list recognised over 120 people for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality and diversity.

Jonathan Slater, Department for Education Permanent Secretary, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the award winners in the New Year Honours List. Their outstanding work is improving the lives of children and young people through excellent care and education, and promoting women’s and LGB&T equality as well as diversity more widely.”

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