Arise Sir Roger!

PUBLISHED: 12:28 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 08:57 24 May 2010

THE FORMER chief executive of leading children's charity Barnardo's has been knighted. Roger Singleton, who has just retired, was made a Sir in the New Year's Honours list. Mr Singleton has devoted his professional life to the care and education of disadv

THE FORMER chief executive of leading children's charity Barnardo's has been knighted.Roger Singleton, who has just retired, was made a Sir in the New Year's Honours list.Mr Singleton has devoted his professional life to the care and education of disadvantaged children since 1961.In 1983 he became chief executive of the Barkingside-based charity, having previously held the posts of assistant director of social services and deputy director of child care.Mr Singleton, 63, said: "This is a great honour for me and I hope this award also recognises the enormous commitment that Barnardo's staff, volunteers and supporters make to the organisation."It has been a huge privilege for me to lead so many important changes in Barnardo's throughout my 31 years with the charity."Mr Singleton's knighthood is a great start to another promising year for the charity after 2005 saw the Barnardo's centenary celebrations go off with a bang.Old Barnardo's boys and girls from across the UK joined Mr Singleton for a ceremony at the charity's Tanners Lane, Barkingside, headquarters where the old Barnardo's village used to be.Father-of-two Mr Singleton, who now lives in East Anglia, was previously awarded a CBE for his services to young people in 1997.He plans to continue working with children through charities after his retirement.FOR MORE REDBRIDGE PEOPLE HONOURED SEE THIS WEEK'S RECORDER

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