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Head teacher, council officer and foster carers among Croydon names on Queen's Birthday Honours list

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A HEAD teacher of a special school, a senior council officer and two foster carers are among the Croydon residents to be recognised on the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Foster carers Ronald and Avril Head have been given MBEs for services to children and families, after fostering more than 140 children over the last 30 years. Rosina St James, 23, chairman of the British Youth Council, has been awarded the British Empire Medial for services to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Susan Beaman, head teacher of Red Gates special school has been awarded an OBE for services to special education. George Hosking, found and chief executive of WAVE Trust has been awarded an OBE for services to reducing violence, particularly child abuse. Hallam Carter-Pegg has been awarded an OBE for services to young people in Croydon through the Scout movement. Council officer Steven Iles, head of Croydon's highways and parking services, has been awarded an OBE for services to the community during the flooding in Kenley in 2014. Miss St James, who stood for the Conservatives in South Norwood at last month's local elections, has a long track record of volunteering, having spent five years as a part-time youth participation support worker in Croydon. She is currently a youth ambassador for Safer London Foundation and is a trustee of the charity Vinspired, which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer. Rosina has been the chairman of the British Youth Council since September 2012 and has worked with policy makers to advocate for improved services for young people. Foster carers Ronald and Avril Head have been recognised for providing a "secure, happy and loving home for over 140 children through foster care over 30 years". They have adopted two of the children they fostered. Mr and Mrs Head have also helped to recruit adopters for the British Association and Fostering, and are also heavily involved in charity work, particularly in promoting the strengths of people with disabilities.

Head teacher, council officer and foster carers among Croydon names on Queen's Birthday Honours list


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