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Kings Bromley man awarded MBE for services to education in the New Year Honours list

A Kings Bromley man has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Colin Hopkins

Colin Hopkins

Colin Hopkins oversees more than 200 church schools and academies with almost 50,000 pupils across the Diocese of Lichfield.

He has been awarded the MBE in recognition for his services to education as a school governor and Chair of Trustees of the Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET) – an alliance of education providers which brings together the dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton.

Colin said: “This honour has come as a complete surprise and I have accepted it in recognition of all the great work that our heads, teachers, support staff and governors do in our 207 schools.

“I am delighted that this award places the Diocese of Lichfield on the map as a major contributor to the structural reform of the education system.”

The 57-year-old started his career as an English teacher before working for the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council from 1988 until 2003.

He came to Lichfield as Diocesan Director of Education in 2006.

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “This award is a testimony to Colin’s hard work and his commitment to church schools and the children who benefit from them in an often-changing educational landscape.

“I send him my warmest congratulations.”

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