Pride of Blackpool

Posted on Thursday 2nd June 2022

Blackpool Council is delighted that two colleagues have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Liam Entwistle – British Empire Medal

Back in 2020 Liam was a year into his role as a Stores/ Yard Apprentice when the pandemic hit. Due to other team members isolating he become the sole member of staff in the Stores team, which provides equipment to all council departments.

His role quickly became vital to the council’s pandemic efforts as the central hub for the ordering, storing and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front line council teams and care providers across the town.

 Following initial involvement from a variety of teams across the council Liam was responsible for the day to day running of Stores and PPE supply to all the care providers while still only an apprentice.

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are so proud of Liam, he thoroughly deserves this honour. Everyone knows how crucial PPE was to those working on the front line during the pandemic. It took an extraordinary effort from a number of council employees to bring in an effective system to ensure everyone who needed PPE could access it quickly and safely.

“However it was Liam who really shone out. It was easy to forget that he had only worked at the council for a year and was still in an apprentice role learning the job when he was faced with the biggest challenge of most people’s careers.

“His work was remarkable and we are delighted it has been recognised in this way. He is a credit to the council and the town. ”

Liam, 23, from Bispham, said: “Although I have been nominated for the award and I am appreciative for it, it wasn’t all down to me and without the support of the other departments/staff coming together as one we wouldn’t have got where we got to.”

Liam is now in permanent role.


Dr Elaine Allen – Officer of the Order of British Empire

Dr Elaine Allen, Executive Headteacher of St John Vianney Catholic Primary School and English Hub, has been awarded an OBE for services to education.  

Dr Allen has been in education for over 30 years and has been Headteacher at St John for nearly nine years. In addition to her role as Literacy Strategic Lead for Blackpool she is also the Chair of the English Hub Council and sits on both the Blackpool and Liverpool Education Boards, the latter as a reading/phonics advisor.

She is passionate about supporting school improvement both nationally and internationally, and for the last 4 years, this focus has been on oracy and literacy. 

During her studies for her PhD in Education and Social Justice in 2019 she completed numerous local research projects and two international research projects in Rwanda and Nepal; both focusing on improving leadership in schools in developing countries. 

Dr Elaine Allen, said: “When I found out I had been nominated for an OBE I was totally shocked. I still am. I am so proud of this achievement and dedicate it to all those who work alongside me to ensure we are doing all we can to improve the outcomes for children and young people.”

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “On behalf of Blackpool Council I would like to pass on my heartfelt congratulations to Elaine. She has dedicated her life to education and has constantly strived to develop new ways of learning to benefit her pupils and the wider community.  

“Her involvement with literacy on a national and regional scale has brought benefits back to Blackpool and all the children that are educated here.

“I’m sure her pupils will be excited to celebrate with her next term.”

Posted on Thursday 2nd June 2022

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