Anna Freud Centre’s Chair of Trustees on New Year Honours list

21st January 2020 By: Michelle Cunliffe

The Honourable Michael Samuel, Chair of Trustees at the Anna Freud Centre, is on this year’s New Year Honours list and has been awarded an MBE for services to young people and mental health.

The New Year Honours list recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Michael has given over 25 years of voluntary service and support to the Centre, and has been leading the organisation as Chair of Trustees since 2002.

Michael was instrumental in the Anna Freud Centre’s fundraising efforts for the Centre of Excellence building, which now brings under one roof the best in research, clinical expertise and training. This purpose-built space is where leading neuroscientists and practitioners in mental health, social care and education work together with children and young people to transform mental health for them and their families.

Michael has also been key in creating ‘The Bridge Programme’, a partnership between Yale University and the Centre to exchange scientific and clinical knowledge, learning and experiences.

Professor Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud Centre, says: “We are delighted Michael has been given this honour for his deep and profound commitment to voluntary public service. During Michael’s leadership of the Anna Freud Centre he has transformed the organisation and therefore the scope of its impact and ability to help and support mental health services for children.

“Michael recognised that the organisation needed to develop and change. He has led, championed and constantly supported the Centre’s collaboration with University College London, which has been transformational in increasing the Centre’s research capacity and training for generations of postgraduate students in children’s mental health.

“Michael’s generosity and commitment to the AFC’s mission and values, and his acute business knowledge, have ensured the Centre is a leader in this field today. Many congratulations to Michael on this most deserved honour.”

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