Left image: Salford Council profile image. Right image: Bob Linsdell / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)
The heroic efforts of the Salford City Officer have caught the attention of Buckingham Palace.
An Order of the British Empire (OBE) has been awarded to Salford City Council’s Strategic Director of People, Charlotte Ramsden, for her contribution towards children’s and young people’s services across Greater Manchester.
£7.43m worth of government innovation funds was awarded to the local council due to her leadership. It offers more support to families who need early social care. It also works with children and young people who may come into local authority care.
Mrs. Ramsden said: “This award recognizes a true team effort by professionals, politicians, children, and young people across Greater Manchester to ensure children and young people live their best lives. We are achieving things by working together that we could never achieve as individual authorities.”
Thrilled to be awarded an OBE today for services to children in Greater Manchester and overwhelmed with so many messages of support. Thank you to all those I work with who are part of this and make so much difference. We are stronger together! So much still to do! 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/PjfCzFIqgS
— Charlotte Ramsden (@charlottehrams1) October 10, 2020
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, complimented Mrs. Ramsden for her efforts. “Congratulations to Charlotte, I am delighted she has been recognised nationally for her drive, passion, and commitment to working with children and young people in the city and supporting our young people across Greater Manchester,” he said.
“Many of the children and young people who come into contact with our services will not know the thousands of hours of time, dedication, and expertise that our local government workers put in to make their experience the best it possibly can be.
“I am really proud of the services we deliver to children and young people and the innovative and inclusive approaches developed, especially during these challenging times. It’s great to see Charlotte’s and everyone’s work is recognised in this way with this award.”
Professor Margaret Rowe University of Salford Dean and a health professional academic tweeted her congratulations, saying the OBE was ‘so well deserved’.
— Professor Margaret Rowe University of Salford Dean (@MargaretRoweUoS) October 12, 2020
Mrs. Ramsden began her career as a social worker and as a child protection co-ordinator.
She later joined Salford City Council as a director in 2014 and has since attended events like the International Women’s day events to encourage young women to explore less traditional career paths.
The award had been due to be given to her in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, but it was postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic.