Stockport DCS receives OBE in Queen’s birthday honours list

Fiona Simpson
Monday, June 14, 2021

Chris McLoughlin, director of children’s services at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Chris McLoughlin is director of children's services at Stockport Council. Picture: Stockport Council
Chris McLoughlin is director of children's services at Stockport Council. Picture: Stockport Council

McLoughlin, who joined the council in March 2018, has been honoured for her services to children and young families.

The qualified nurse and social worker celebrated the news on Twitter saying: “I am truly grateful and humbled by this honour.”

She joined around 50 practitioners, volunteers and campaigners - including former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield who was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) - in this year’s honours.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan received an OBE for services to children and young people alongside Emma Egging, chief executive of the John Egging Trust who received the same accolade for services to vulnerable young people.

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

  • OBE - Nicholas Abbott, chair of the Salford Foundation, for services to young people and social inclusion in Salford.

  • OBE - Nahim Ahmed, anti-youth violence campaigner, for services to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

  • OBE - Elizabeth Batten, disability living allowance project co-ordinator at Amaze, for services to young people with disabilities and vulnerable families.

  • OBE - Rebecca Dean, co-founder of The Girls' Network, for services to female empowerment and young girls.

  • OBE - Sharon Thomas, foster carer, for services to children and young people.

  • OBE - Peter Xeros, youth justice manager in North Tyneside, for services to children and young people.

  • MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) - Pamela Fry, chief executive at PlayWise Learning CIC, for services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • MBE - Amanda Medler, chief guide at Girlguiding for services to girls and young women.

  • MBE - Ian Nooms, custodial manager at HM young offender institution Drake Hall, for services to HM Prison and Probation Service.

  • In addition, a number of young people were awarded honours including Rhys Mallows, 25, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) after repurposing his whiskey distillery to produce hand sanitiser and 21-year-old Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods Campaign who received an MBE for services to education. 

In an article for British Vogue, George shares her difficult decision to accept the award due to the connotations of the word "empire".

“To me, accepting this MBE is one way of drawing attention to the horrors of that imperial history, and its ongoing presence for people of colour in Britain. 

By accepting this honour, I hope that I’m also demonstrating a slow, but increasing, recognition of young people as real, political actors,” she writes.

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