A Nottingham headteacher and the man who heads up the City’s Safeguarding Children Board (NCSCB) have been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Carol Norman, from Welbeck Primary School in The Meadows, and Chris Cook, who has chaired the NCSCB since 2015, have both been awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire).
It follows the announcement earlier in the week that PC Sam Flint, Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated Children In Care officer who works in partnership with Nottingham City Council, had received a British Empire Medal (BEM).
An OBE is awarded to an individual for a major local role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector. They are given out twice a year – in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in mid-June and in the New Year’s Honours List on 1 January.
Carol said: “I am delighted with this award and touched by the generous words of my colleagues and fellow professionals. My work has been varied, challenging and hugely rewarding and throughout the years there’s never been a dull moment.
“Nottingham City is a great place to work and Welbeck is a special place to me. In my different roles it has been a pleasure to work with many dedicated, talented and hard-working professionals, supportive governors and delightful, enthusiastic and brilliant children.”
Chris added: “I was absolutely delighted but very surprised to be awarded this honour. The important thing, though, is that it’s not just about me. I would like to pay tribute to the hundreds, if not thousands, of frontline staff who are keeping children safe every day.”