15th October 2020 — Spratton Hall is proud and delighted that two of our Old Sprattonians have been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
William Baldet MBE
A student at Spratton until 1985, and contemporary of the current Head Master, Simon Clarke, William has been awarded an MBE for his tireless work in counter terrorism and, in particular, the grassroots fight against the radicalisation of young people. He has been a practitioner in Countering Violent Extremism for the last 10 years and holds two further positions: Consultant for the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Member of the EU-funded Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Europe. As a teacher and respected expert in his field he regularly appears in the media to discuss ways to help counter violent extremism.
Oliver Coles BEM
A student at Spratton until 1998, Oliver has been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for his services to the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the founder the not-for-profit initiative Hospitality for Heroes, he had the idea to marry the culinary skills of top London chefs, who weren’t able to work during the pandemic, with local food suppliers who had lost their customer base. This enabled him to provide restaurant-quality, healthy meals for NHS frontline staff. By raising awareness on social media, he was able to ensure that £150,000 was raised to deliver over 80,000 delicious meals.
Congratulations to them both from the whole Spratton Hall community for their outstanding achievements and Honours!