Recognition for recruitment industry in New Year’s Honours List

The founder of an organisation that helps individuals with disabilities and mental health issues find work has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

This year’s list recognised the likes of Bee Gee Barry Gibb and dancer Darcey Bussell but there was also recognition for a number of individuals from the world of recruitment and employment including Teresa Scott (pictured), the founder of welfare-to-work provider Kennedy Scott, who received an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and employability.

Also picking up an OBE are: Rilesh Jadeja, national access to work delivery manager at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for services to people with disabilities; Martin Kelly, head of resources, children and young people’s services at North Yorkshire County Council, for services to children and young people in North Yorkshire; and Lynne Swift, director of people and organisational development at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for services to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Those receiving a CBE included Anita Durbin, director at Civil Service Talent, for services to diversity within the senior civil service and David Stephens, director of resources for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, for services to defence.

Recipients in our sector picking up an MBE include: Gail Crouchman, senior officer, Border Force at the Home Office, for services to border security and the prevention of modern slavery; Gillian Dillon, senior executive officer at the DWP, for services to employment and skills in the Humber; Beverly Gayle, higher executive officer at DWP, for services to unemployed people; Deborah Heald, managing director at Heald, for services to exports and the promotion of STEM careers for women; Peter Jones, national account manager for the national employer and partnership team at the DWP, for services to unemployed people; Claudette Sutton, CEO of the Minority Ethnic Talent Association, for services to diversity in the Civil Service; and Kerstin Wheeler, higher officer at Border Force Intelligence at the Home Office for services to preventing modern slavery and protecting vulnerable people.