It’s safe to say that 2016 was a good one for Andy Murray, or Sir Andy as he is now. A Wimbledon title, an Olympic Gold, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, a baby girl and then to cap it all a letter from the Palace requesting him to attend an investiture.
The New Year’s Honours list makes for great conversations and occasional controversy. To my mind it is a wonderful way to recognise hundreds of people, right across the country and indeed right across society, whose efforts have had a positive impact. Whether that’s entrepreneurs creating jobs, sports stars providing wonderful role models of determination and dedication, scientists broadening our knowledge or someone quietly volunteering to help the lonely or elderly, the honours system is a way for a society to show its appreciation and gratitude.
Given my admiration of the honours system I was particularly delighted to discover that the current and a former head of our Children’s Services department had both been appointed CBEs in the recent New Year’s Honours list. Continue reading