David Lane, former Vice President of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), has been awarded a CBE for services to childcare and social work, in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2016.
The New Year’s Honour list recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Director of Social Services for Wakefield MBC from 1985 to 1993, David became a consultant in social services and expert witness, and is currently a panel member in the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland. As well as his work with PACEY, David has worked in a volunteer capacity with a breadth of charitable organisations including Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Child Care History Network.
As Vice President, David attended many of PACEY's conferences, Board meetings, planning meetings and interviewed senior staff and trustees over a period of almost twenty years.
David said: “I suspect that very often people see childminding as just a sort of parenting, which they think anyone can do, and they do not recognise the professionalism required in providing a really excellent early upbringing for other people's children.
“I am very grateful to PACEY for nominating me for an honour. It feels quite undeserved, as my contribution has been mainly in the background. I have not done the hard work of looking after the children. I hope that PACEY's members all feel that they own a piece of the honour, therefore, because it is the excellent services provided by PACEY members which are really being recognised.”
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, said: “We are delighted that David’s commitment has been recognised. While he has been humble in his acceptance of the honour, he has contributed a huge amount to our organisation over two decades in terms of governance, counsel and support to trustees, members and staff. I want to congratulate David on behalf of all of PACEY’s members.”