Norman Goodwin, CEO of children’s charity and adoption agency, Adoption Matters, received his CBE during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony yesterday (Friday October 9).
Norman was presented with his CBE medal by the Queen in recognition of his outstanding contribution and distinguished service to adoption and the family.
He was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Judith and his two adult children.
Norman is originally from Carluke. He was head boy at the high school, before going on to a career in social work. He now lives in Chester.
“This is a great personal honour as well as a great accolade for Adoption Matters,” he said.
“The award is a recognition of the type of work that voluntary adoption agencies can do and I hope that we can continue to raise the profile of adoption and positive outcomes for children.”
And he added: “Meeting the Queen was an incredible experience, one my family and I will treasure forever”.
Norman is a leading voluntary sector adoption champion, starting his career in 1979. This year he celebrates his 30th year with Adoption Matters.
He has been involved over the years in national working groups on adoption including the Prime Minister’s Expert Working Group on Adoption, and he is a former chairman of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies, helping to drive developments and policy. He is also a former Trustee of Children England, and was formerly a Trustee of the British Association Adoption and Fostering.
Under Norman’s leadership, Adoption Matters has placed over 1,400 children with adoptive families and provided support and advice to thousands of adults whose lives have been touched by adoption.