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BPS members recognised in Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list

01 June 2022

The BPS is delighted to celebrate three of its members named in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list.

Chartered members Dr Penelope Leach, Elizabeth King and Suzanne Tarrant have been recognised with a CBE, MBE, and British Empire Medal respectively for their services to education, to children and families and to health and wellbeing during Covid-19.

Dr Penelope Leach CBE, recognised for her services to education, said:

“I greeted this news with a mixture of disbelief and delight.  I am especially pleased to have this honour acknowledged by the British Psychological Society, (of which I have been a member for 60 years,) as it has been awarded for my research work in early infant development and I hope it may emphasise this area of psychology and the need for a greater focus on our youngest children. In the meantime, thanks to the many colleagues who share this passion.”

Elizabeth King MBE, Principal Educational Psychologist in South Lanarkshire Council, who was recognised for her services to children and families, said:

“I feel the award is not so much about me as an individual, but a reflection on the impact of applied psychology in the delivery of effective services to children and families.

“Working as a Principal Educational Psychologist in South Lanarkshire Council, I was given every encouragement and support from the leaders in Education Resources and Children’s Services, to share psychological knowledge and theories to the widest possible audience. It is to the children and families with whom I had the privilege of working, and to my colleagues within South Lanarkshire Council, that I dedicate this award.”

Suzanne Tarrant, Head of the Staff Psychological Wellbeing Service at Hywel Dda University Health Board has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to health and wellbeing during Covid-19. Reflecting on her award, she said:

“The mental health and wellbeing of our staff has always been important, but the challenges over the last two years have brought this into focus in a really poignant and urgent way.  We have worked to listen, adapt and respond with compassion and as best we can, always mindful that behind each employees' brave face at work lies a home story that can be filled with its own hidden tragedies.

“I have deep respect and admiration for the courage all our NHS staff have shown throughout the pandemic, it has been an honour to be able to contribute and to keep working with my team to make a difference where we can.  I am truly grateful for this award and the recognition it gives to the importance of looking after our NHS staff."

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