Patron of Adult Services Norma Brier awarded O.B.E

17 June 2013

I am delighted to have been given this Honour and accept it on behalf of Norwood’s professional team of staff who provide many outstanding services to the Jewish community’s most vulnerable children and adults.

Norwood’s current Patron of Adult Services and former Chief Executive Norma Brier, has been awarded an O.B.E for her services to children and people with learning disabilities.

Norma started her career as a psychiatric social worker and lecturer and one of the community’s leading experts on children and people with learning disabilities.

As the previous Executive Director at Ravenswood in 1996, Norma led the merger of Norwood Ravenswood establishing Norwood as the community’s largest charity working with children and people with learning disabilities.

Driving the co-location of the Pears Special Resource Provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS), Norma also spearheaded a number of ground-breaking projects and developments which have been recognised both nationally and internationally.

Norma currently sits on the Norwood Advisory Council and is frequently a speaker on subjects or issues concerning children and families, adults with learning disabilities, special education and the Jewish community.

Norma said: "I am delighted to have been given this Honour and accept it on behalf of Norwood’s professional team of staff who provide many outstanding services to the Jewish community’s most vulnerable children and adults. It also reflects the respect that Norwood has accrued for its contribution to the wider community in the fields of children’s services and work with learning disability, particularly through its participation in national and government working groups and as members of representative umbrella bodies.”

Norwood’s Chief Executive Elaine Kerr said: "It was with enormous pleasure that I read of Norma’s new honour. It is so very well deserved and a most appropriate recognition of her distinguished career and outstanding work over so many years. I am truly delighted for Norma, who should be immensely proud."