CBE for Adoption UK Chief Executive

Published: 30.12.15

Adoption UK’s Chief Executive, Hugh Thornbery, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to children and families in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
CBE for Adoption UK Chief Executive

Mr Thornbery joined Adoption UK as Chief Executive at the end of October 2012 and has worked in children’s services in the statutory and voluntary sectors for more than 35 years. 

Prior to joining Adoption UK Hugh was Director of Business Development at Action for Children, one of the UK’s largest charities.  From 2007 to 2012 Hugh was responsible, amongst other duties, for the adoption and fostering agencies at Action for Children, leading a successful programme of improvement and modernisation. 

Hugh is a qualified social worker and youth and community worker and has an MBA in Public Services Administration.  He has spoken widely on adoption in the media and at conferences and has worked closely with government to influence and improve support and recognition for the needs of adopters and their children.  Hugh is currently a member of the Government’s Adoption Leadership Board, the National Recruitment Forum for Adoption and he chairs the Expert Advisory Group overseeing the development and implementation of the Adoption Support Fund. 

Peter Seymour, Adoption UK’s Chairman said: “We are delighted that Hugh has been recognised in this way for his long standing contribution to the sector.  I have worked with him at Adoption UK since 2012 and found him tirelessly determined, with the support of his dedicated staff to improve the lives of adopters and their children by providing high quality training, information and support. Well done Hugh!” 

Click here to listen to an interview that Hugh gave to BBC Radio Oxford about being awarded the CBE.