Coin Street’s head of family and children’s centre awarded MBE for services to families and children

We are delighted to announce that Jenny Deeks, head of Coin Street family and children’s centre, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list for her services to families and children.

Commenting on the award of MBE, Jenny said: “It is my team at Coin Street and achieving Ofsted Outstanding for our family and children’s centre that I feel most proud.  I have been fortunate to work with some great practitioners, amazing children and inspiring parents, carers and families over the years.” 

Starting out as a parent volunteer on her council estate when her twin daughters were toddlers, Jenny’s roles have included being a registered childminder; a drugs unit manager at Holloway Prison; a parenting education manager for London Borough of Waltham Forest; an access/SEN worker, drugs awareness trainer and parenting facilitator.

For five years from 2000, Jenny was Head of Service for Sure Start in the London Borough of Newham, she then moved onto national charity director roles with ContinYou and School-Home Support.

In 2010 Jenny joined as Head of Coin Street family & children’s centre at Coin Street Community Builders, a social enterprise in the Waterloo area on the South Bank in London. Jenny leads a team of 43 staff and 12 volunteers, overseeing an 84-place day nursery, holiday play scheme, family support and outreach team and a training & employment programme.  Jenny is also Chair of Governors of an all-through school in East London. She lives in East London with her civil partner, Jan and her daughters.

During 2011 and 2012, Jenny was Chair of the National Ministerial Reference Group for Children’s Centre Leaders.

Jenny’s colleagues at Coin Street have been congratulating her on this outstanding achievement. Hommie Beharry, Family Support and Outreach Manager at Coin Street, expressed her pride as she congratulated her manager, “you are an amazing leader”. Deputy Head of Early Years Education at Coin Street, Deborah Kukathas also acknowledged Jenny’s “fantastic contribution to our families and community, and to the early years in general”.