Andy Cole, recent Chief Executive of Bliss, has been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List; being recognised for his services to neonatal care.
Under Andy’s leadership Bliss successfully campaigned for improvements in neonatal services across the UK, reductions in infant mortality as well as the rights of babies and their parents. With Andy’s vision and passion to help families, Bliss’ support and information services for parents have greatly expanded at a local level, a national accreditation system for neonatal units has been launched and Bliss nurses have been funded in 5 regions of the UK.
Andy recently stepped down as Chief Executive of Bliss at the end of May after eight years to go on to work as the Director of Corporate Affairs at the leading disability charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Andy said, “I am deeply honoured to have had Bliss’ work supporting families and championing neonatal services recognised in this way. I take this as a tribute to the impact of Bliss’ work over 35 years and deserved recognition of the dedication of Bliss’ staff, trustees and many thousands of supporters and volunteers, who give so generously to help the charity. Most importantly, it is recognition of the incredible work that nurses and doctors on neonatal units across the country do every single day and the challenges which our families and their babies overcome.”
Keith Soper, Chair of Trustees added, “On a personal level, I am delighted for Andy. Andy has worked tirelessly in his pursuit of high quality services for all babies and their families. He has been pivotal to our progress as a charity and it is a huge honour for Bliss to be associated with this prestigious and much deserved award.”