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IOE alumni recognised in New Years honours

1 January 2024

Congratulations to members of the IOE community who have been recognised in the New Year Honours 2024.

An upward looking shot of the IOE building

Dr Vanessa Ogden (PGCE Religious Education [1993], MA Religious Education [1998], EdD in Education [2012]), has been awarded a CBE for services to Education. She is the founding CEO of Mulberry Schools Trust. Throughout her career, Dr Ogden has worked to boost the quality of education in schools across London, profoundly impacting the lives of thousands of young people. 

In an article published on the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education website, Ruth-Anne Lenga, Associate Professor and Programme Director writes: 

In my 30 years of working at IOE, I can think of no worthier recipient of such an award. Naturally unassuming and self-effacing, Vanessa is a bold leader who remains strong in troubling times facing some of the most difficult school challenges including those relating to recent global events. She operates with integrity and reliability – qualities that do not falter and which have earned her the admiration and respect of many, not least her own students some of whom, return to their school in later life to start their own career as qualified teachers. 

Spencer Drury (PGCE Economics [1996], National Professional Qualification for Headship [2018]) was awarded an MBE for political and public service. Currently the Director of Sixth Form at Colfe’s School in London, Mr Drury has previously served as Councillor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.