A New Year’s Honour for County Council Assistant Director

Hampshire County Council has welcomed news that its Assistant Director for Strategic Development in Children’s Services and Adults’ Health and Care is to be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2020 Honours List

Dec 30 2019

Medal for Member of the Order of the British Empire

Peter Colenutt, from Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire, has been recognised for his national role on the Education Building Development Officer’s Group (EBDOG). EBDOG represents Local Authorities on all issues associated with education, property and capital planning. Its membership comprises the local authority officers and property professionals who are responsible for school place planning, effective asset management of schools and other premises within their own Local Authority.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “We are delighted for Peter. We have benefitted significantly from his experience and expertise over the years in managing our capital programme budgets and ensuring available funding is appropriately prioritised to maintain buildings for Children’s Services and Adults’ Health and Care. This extends to planning and making provision for additional school places, working with colleagues in Property Services on our school expansion and new school building projects, to ensure we are able to provide a school place for all children in Hampshire.”

Asked for his reaction to news of the honour, Peter said: “I was very shocked and humbled to receive a letter to tell me I was to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire. I was Chair of EBDOG from 2013 to 2017 and continue to sit on the Executive as Vice Chair. I am hugely grateful to the councillors and officers of Hampshire County Council who have supported me in this important national role. EBDOG works closely with the Department for Education, striving to influence national policy to help improve the outcomes for all children across the country.”