Spurgeons’ chairman, Stuart Cornwell, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.
The dedicated charity supporter has been recognised for outstanding services to children and families through his work with Spurgeons; A Way Out; and Safe Families for Children. His work over the last decade has made a different to thousands of vulnerable lives, both here in the UK and overseas.
Stuart Cornwell, Spurgeons' Chairman, comments: "I feel immensely honoured and privileged to receive this award.Ultimately, however, it would never have happened without many encounters and partnerships with gifted and generous people who have worked alongside; shared their expertise; and helped improve the circumstances of some of society’s most vulnerable children and adults”.
Having been a personal supporter for more than 20 years, Stuart joined the Spurgeons’ board in 2008, becoming chairman in 2011. Driven by the impact that charities like Spurgeons make, Stuart has also worked with governments, organisations and NGOs in East Africa on the education, vocational training, feeding and welfare care of AIDs orphans and prisoners.
Ross Hendry, Spurgeons' chief executive, said: "The team at Spurgeons is delighted to see Stuart’s dedication and hard work within the charity sector recognised with such a prestigious honour. He has worked tirelessly to support not just us, but also that of a number of other organisations, to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children. This honour is most definitely well deserved.”
Alongside his role at Spurgeons, Stuart also serves the boards and supports the work of a number of UK-based and international charities.
His working life has been varied including a career path in the Navy and senior appointments in the probation service and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS).
The OBE investiture will take place at Buckingham Palace in the New Year.