Secondary head, Ark founder and union leader recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Alice Hudson, executive headteacher of the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust; Paul Marshall, chairman of the Ark schools chain; and ASCL’s Malcolm Trobe among those recognised for services to education

The executive headteacher of two London secondary schools and the chair of a national academy chain have been recognised with top gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Alice Hudson, executive headteacher of the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust, is being made Dame for services to education.

The trust runs Twyford Church of England High School in Acton, west London, and William Perkin Church of England High School, in Greenford, also west London. It is planning to open a third school in nearby Ealing.

Paul Marshall, chair of the Ark schools chain (pictured), is to be knighted for services to education.

Ms Hudson was headteacher of Twyford CoE High School for 11 years before becoming executive headteacher of the trust, and was previously an English and religious education teacher.

Mr Marshall, who is also a lead non-executive board member of the Department for Education, was given the award for services to education and philanthropy.

He is a founding trustee of Ark, the children’s charity, and chair of Ark Schools and a co-founder of Marshall Wace LLP, a global hedge fund that manages $22.5billion.

‘Great support from staff’

Also honoured in today’s list is Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, who has been awarded a CBE for services to education.

“I am delighted to have received this honour both personally and in terms of the recognition it gives to ASCL’s work in representing the voice of school and college leaders across the UK,” he said.

“I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful teachers when I was head of Malmesbury School [in Wiltshire, where Mr Trobe was headteacher for 17 years] and we have a fantastic staff team here at ASCL. I would like to thank them all for the great support that they have given me throughout my career.”

Benita Refson, president of the child mental health charity Place2Be, is to be made a Dame for services to education.

Several other academy chain leaders, headteachers, teachers and other figures in education in England have been honoured in Saturday’s list.

They include:


Janet Woods, director of Secondary Academies (North), United Learning Trust

John Stephens, deputy director, teaching schools and school improvement, National College for Teaching and Leadership

Colin Diamond, executive director of education at Birmingham City Council

Elizabeth Horne, chief executive officer, Horizons Specialist Academies Trust, Stockton

Dr Tony Sewell, founder, Generating Genius and member, London Schools Excellence Fund Expert Advisory Group

Patricia Walters, former headteacher, Holte Visual and Performing Arts College, Birmingham


Julian Appleyard, principal, Rochdale Sixth Form College, Lancashire

Alison Boulton, former chief executive, Association of National Specialist Colleges

Kevin Boyle, headteacher, Oaklands School, Winsford, Cheshire

Andrew Brown, headteacher, West View Primary School, Hartlepool

Andrew Burns, executive principal, The Redhill Academy Trust, Nottinghamshire

Pauline Hagen, principal, North East Wakefield College, Pontefract

Richard Hill, former headteacher, Colnbrook Special School, Hertfordshire

Estelle MacDonald, chief executive officer, Hull Collaborative Academy Trust and Hull Collaborative Teaching School Alliance

Deborah Rogan, executive headteacher, The Wickford Church of England School and chief executive Officer, HEARTS Multi-Academy Trust, Essex

Deborah Weston, associate senior leadership team member, Mulberry School for Girls, London

Mark Steven White, for services to education, particularly in Teesside

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