Honour is Surprise for Local County Councillor

Cllr. Patricia Bradwell is the Deputy Leader of Lincolnshire County Council and represents the Woodhall Spa & Wragby Division. Her Order of the British Empire (OBE) is in recognition of dedication and commitment as a councillor and particularly her work in children’s services.

Cllr Bradwell is Executive Councillor for Children’s Services at County Hall. In a notable double, Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, also received an OBE. Cllr Bradwell commented:

“It’s a huge surprise and great honour to receive this award.

“I’m immensely proud of the quality services we provide for children and adult care in the county which is only possible due to the dedication and support of fellow councillors, county council staff and partners.

“This award is as much a credit to you all.

“I will continue to work hard for the people of Lincolnshire in striving to provide the best quality services for all communities.”

Cllr Bradwell joined the County Council in 1997 and represented the Metheringham Rural Division for 19 years - before taking over from the long serving Denis Hoyes in Woodhall & Wragby. She has served on the Local Government Association’s National Children’s Board and has for a number of years and been Chairperson of the East Midlands Children’s Forum. Cllr Bradwell and Ms Barnes were appointed to address well-documented failings in social care in Rotherham.

It is widely accepted that their usual robust but fair leadership is delivering considerable improvement there.