Previous Chair of A Way Out, 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 A Way Out, Spurgeons, and Safe Families for Children. His work over the last decade has made a difference to thousands of vulnerable lives, both here in the UK and overseas.
Stuart was appointed to the A Way Out Board of Trustees in September 2008 and became Chair in April 2009, serving in a tremendously dedicated way in this role until 2014. A former director of The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, Stuart’s portfolio of responsibility in CAFCASS included operational, strategic, budget, commissioning and people management. His national responsibility has included consultation and strategy lead with The Legal Services Commission, the Commission for Equality and Humans Rights and Local Government Offices.
Sarah McManus, A Way Out’s current Interim CEO, said: "The whole of A Way Out are thrilled that Stuart’s devotion, commitment and amazing heart for the work of the charity sector has been honoured with such a prestigious distinction.”
, commented in the local press: " What a great privilege and honour, but, of course, you’re never awarded these things without knowing that other people in your life have contributed. I feel immensely honoured and privileged to receive this award especially because it has strong links to the charity sector in the North-east.”
The OBE investiture will take place at Buckingham Palace in the New Year.