Salford DCS Charlotte Ramsden receives OBE in Queen's birthday honours

Derren Hayes
Monday, October 12, 2020

Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for people in Salford City Council, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Charlotte Ramsden became Salford City Council DCS in 2014
Charlotte Ramsden became Salford City Council DCS in 2014

Ramsden, who joined Salford council in 2014, has been honoured for her work in supporting the development of services for children and young people across Greater Manchester since 2016.

She joins around 50 practitioners, volunteers and campaigners – including professional footballer Marcus Rashford who received an MBE (Member of Order of the British Empire) – to be recognised for their services to vulnerable children and families in the delayed birthday honours.

Ramsden is a qualified social worker and former joint director for children and young people services at Trafford Council, and is vice-president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

She said: “This award recognises a true team effort by professionals, politicians, children and young people across Greater Manchester to ensure children and young people live their best lives. We are achieving things by working together that we could never achieve as individual authorities.”

Others to be recognised for their services to children and young people include:

  • MBE - Karen Sugarman, executive vice president, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
  • MBE - Denise Yates, chief executive officer, Potential Plus UK
  • MBE - Helen Luddington, director, West Bridgford Out of School Clubs and The Playroom Nursery
  • OBE - Trevor Elliott, residential care manager, Ladywell children’s Home, London
  • OBE - Kevin Burke, project manager, Govan Youth Information Project
  • OBE - Gillian Schofield, Professor of child and family social work, University of East Anglia
  • OBE - Anne-Marie Bagnall, looked-after children’s champion, Northern Ireland
  • OBE - Julie Marie Bennett, children’s rights and participation manager, Liverpool City Council
  • OBE - Laura Brodie, head teacher, Allens Cross Nursery School, Birmingham
  • OBE - Clair Davies, principal, Appletree Treatment Centre
  • OBE - Farrah Khan, head of children's services delivery, Leeds City Council
  • OBE - Vasant Patel, senior policy officer, Department for Education

In addition, a number of young people were awarded honours for their work during the pandemic including a BEM (British Empire Medal) for Theo Wride for making PPE for frontline workers using a 3d printer and an MBE for Amelia Collins-Patel for youth social action.

Publication of the honours list was postponed from June so that people who played key roles in response to the first wave of Covid-19 could be included.

 

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