Welcoming the news, the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “Our congratulations go to Steve, for this well deserved honour. We are extremely proud of the high esteem in which Hampshire’s Children’s Services are held nationally and Steve does an excellent job in leading the Department and ensuring we are doing the very best that we can for children in Hampshire. Equal to this is his leadership of Children’s Services on the Isle of Wight, as a strategic partner.
“He has made an enormous contribution to leading the consistent improvement of outcomes for children in the two authority areas. He is also highly respected nationally and is regularly consulted for his views by the Department for Education.”
Commenting on the announcement, Steve Crocker said: “This was wholly unexpected and an amazing surprise and privilege. One thing I would like to make clear is that I very much see this honour as recognition of all the fantastic work that my colleagues in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight do every day.”
The Queen’s Honours recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain, making life better for other people. The OBE awarded to Steve Crocker is in special recognition for services to children in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.
In addition to his wide range of responsibilities, which include education, and the safeguarding of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s most vulnerable children, Mr Crocker plays a leading role in the improvement of Children’s Services in other local authorities such as Torbay and more recently Buckinghamshire amongst others.
He is also a key influencer nationally, being called upon regularly to contribute to the shaping of policy on areas such as adoption, social work reform and innovation at national level. Mr Crocker also chairs the Standards, Performance and Inspection Policy Committee for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.