New Year honours for some of H&F’s most inspirational people

A Fulham headteacher is among those recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

Seamus Oates, chief executive of the Bridge and Courtyard academies in Fulham, received a CBE. The academies educate and support young people who struggle in mainstream schools.

Hammersmith & Fulham Councils’ Director of Children’s Services Clare Chamberlain was also recognised with a CBE for her role overseeing support and opportunities for young people.

And Professor Andrew George was made an MBE for his work as chair of the Hammersmith Research Ethics Committee. He carried out the role for 10 years and now chairs the national body which oversees NHS ethics committees across the country.

“We are extremely proud to have such truly inspirational people in Hammersmith & Fulham who make such a significant difference to the borough and beyond,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.”

“It is wonderful to see them recognised in the New Year’s Honours list and we offer congratulations to them all.”

Seamus runs 11 academies which grew from the success of the Bridge Academy in Finlay Street, Fulham.

He said the award is not just a reflection of his efforts but the life changing work of all the staff and students.

“This award honours their enthusiasm, dedication and determination to succeed,” said Seamus.

“Their hard work ensures that every young person reaches their full potential and this continues to inspire me each and every day.”

Seamus is a National Leader of Education who support other schools to improve, and sits on the North West London and South Central England Headteachers’ Board as well as the Youth Justice Board. He has contributed to several national reviews, including Dame Sally Coates’ review of prison education.