Eastbourne children’s boss is honoured in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Matt Dunkley CBE
Matt Dunkley CBE

The former head of children’s services in Eastbourne and across the county has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Mr Dunkley, the former director of children’s services at East Sussex County Council, was rewarded for his dedication to children, young people and families.

He left the authority in April 2013 after 21 years to take up a post in Australia.

Mr Dunkley, who was also president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services from 2011 to 2012, now works as the regional director of education and early childhood services for south-western Victoria, based in Melbourne.

At the time he left East Sussex he said, “It will be a huge wrench to leave the county council after such a long time. I will always be immensely proud of what we have achieved as a children’s service.

“I know the roots of that achievement run deep in the council and will ensure it goes from strength to strength.”

Other local names on the New Year’s Honours list include Aideen Jones, from Seaford, who has been made an OBE for services to people with intellectual disabilities. She was formerly chief executive of Southdown Housing Association.

Elizabeth Rosemary Meek, a miniature artist from Seaford, has been made an MBE for services to the arts and Isabel Stephenson has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community of Seaford through Seaford in Bloom.