Vic Rayner, CEO of the National Care Forum (NCF), and former Skills for Care Director of Operations, Andy Tilden, are amongst those recognised in The Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours.
Both Vic and Andy received an OBE for services to the social care sector.
Vic (pictured) said: “I am delighted to have received this huge honour. It is a privilege to work in a sector supporting millions of people to improve their quality of life and wellbeing. The last year has shone a light on the social care sector and how instrumental it is and the enormous impact it makes to people’s lives.”
Commenting on Andy’s award, Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth, said: “Everybody at Skills for Care is delighted that Andy has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and we’re sure everyone he has worked with throughout his career will welcome this well-deserved award.
“This award recognised his outstanding contribution to developing the skills and knowledge of the adult social workforce and as Andy is keen is point out it’s also a recognition of the support he has received from colleagues since he first qualified as a social worker.
“Andy did a fantastic job as our acting CEO for a year during a time of great change for our sector, but more than that his award acknowledges the outstanding work done by well trained and motivated care workers in our communities, particularly over the last year.”
Additionally, Michelle Law, who works as a bursar for The Order of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) The Meadows care home in Didcot received a British Empire Medal and Royal Star & Garter’s Solihull home manager Cheryl Harbourne was made an MBE.
Michelle said: “I am shocked but totally honoured to be awarded this BEM. The onset of COVID-19 last year was very hard for all of us working in care but we pulled together to reassure and care for our residents, and to keep in touch with family members.
“It was never a question for me really. I love working at The Meadows. I feel truly honoured to work alongside such amazing people and we are all part of a huge family. I couldn’t sit back and watch other people struggle or see a need and not help to meet it.”
Cheryl added: “I am astounded, but delighted to receive this award for doing a job that I both love and feel very privileged to have. The residents are very precious to me, and I owe a huge thank you to the dedicated team at the Solihull Home, who support me to ensure the residents live their best lives with us. The pandemic has undoubtedly been my greatest professional challenge to date, but one of the positive outcomes has been how we have bonded even more as a family, in the absence of loved ones in all our lives throughout the lockdowns.”