Achieving for Children

Nick Whitfield, Chief Executive, receives CBE in New Year Honours

Our Chief Executive, Nick Whitfield, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. He has received the award for services to children and children’s services.

Nick became Director of Education and Children’s Services at Richmond Council in 2008 and took up the same post in Kingston as well in 2012. This joint role enabled him to lead the work establishing Achieving for Children in 2014.

Whilst Nick has now stepped down from his role as Director of Children’s Services at both councils, his role as Chief Executive at AfC has gone from strength to strength.

Since 2015 he has been a Commissioner for Children’s Services at Sunderland Council, helping them improve their services and work towards a sustainable future. He also has similar responsibilities with the local authority in Reading, whilst also acting as an improvement partner for Wandsworth Council.

Earlier this year, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead joined our company, another example of how we are the UK’s leading company for the delivery of children’s services.

Responding to this honour, Nick said: “It is a great honour to receive this award. However, I believe that this accolade really recognises the hard work and the huge team effort of all my colleagues at Achieving for Children. In difficult financial circumstances and rising demand for services, they work tirelessly every day to improve and protect the lives of children in many boroughs across the country.

“From social workers to the teachers in our excellent schools, I would like to thank everyone that I have worked with since 2008. AfC makes a difference to so many children’s lives every day. This is thanks to you.”

The leaders of Richmond and Kingston Councils have paid tribute to Nick.

Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Paul Hodgins, said: “This award reflects Nick’s impeccable record in children’s services. He has been dedicated to making a real difference to people’s lives and this CBE is a fantastic achievement. I have enjoyed working with Nick over many years and this accolade is greatly deserved.”

Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Kevin Davis, added: “Nick and his team have had a hugely positive impact in improving the services Kingston provides for our children, schools and families. I am delighted that his achievements have been recognised in this way.”