Pace CEO Amanda Richardson awarded MBE
Amanda Richardson, Chief Executive of Pace, Aylesbury and co-founder and Chief Executive of Action Cerebral Palsy, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2017, for services to Special Educational Needs.
Commenting on this announcement, Amanda said: “I feel so honoured to have been awarded an MBE for services to children with special educational needs. This recognition belongs to all the dedicated people I work with in both organisations and to the vision we share. I intend to use this honour both to promote the exceptional work of Pace and redouble Action Cerebral Palsy’s efforts to improve outcomes for children and young people with cerebral palsies and their families through the promotion of best practice and policy reform.”
Amanda has over thirty years’ experience of working with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special school settings. She is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people with cerebral palsy and providing support for their families. In 1995, Amanda joined Pace, a charity, specialist centre and school for children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and their families, initially working directly with the children as a teacher. In 2002, she became Head Teacher of Pace and Chief Executive in 2012. In 2013, PACE joined forces with nine other charities to form a consortium called Action Cerebral Palsy which is now an independent national charity focused on the legislative, clinical and family needs of children with cerebral palsy.
Amanda played a key role in the Parliamentary Inquiry on Cerebral Palsy resulting in January 2015 in the report “Enabling Potential – Achieving a New Deal for Children with Cerebral Palsy”.