Katharine Horler awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Careers England is delighted to announce that its Chair, Katharine Horler, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Katharine, who is also CEO of the careers charity Adviza, is recognised for outstanding commitment to improving the lives of others. She began her professional life in the 1980s as a special needs careers adviser, and has worked to support vulnerable young people and adults ever since.

Terry Stock, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Adviza said: “Katharine’s determination to make a difference to people’s lives shines through everything she does. She is inspirational to staff, to partners, to volunteers, to other agencies and clients alike, no matter what challenges face her. "She lives and breathes her passion for those most in need, finding new ways to fill funding gaps and new initiatives to inspire young people and adults.”"

Steve Stewart, Executive Director for Careers England said there are many examples that demonstrate Katharine’s character, and cites one where she succeeded in securing work for a young woman who was quadriplegic. “She did it through pure perseverance and by not letting people off the hook. Katharine does the right things and she doesn’t give in,” he said.

Katharine became Chief Executive of Connexions Berkshire in 2003 and in 2008 took on Connexions Thames Valley, which became a registered charity. This was renamed to Adviza Partnership in 2011.

Throughout her leadership she has sought ways to maintain and attract funds. She has instigated development and delivery of innovative programmes, including the social enterprise Against the Grain, the mentoring programme Lucky Break and intensive support programmes such as Energise. On receiving news of the award Katharine’s first words were to acknowledge the passion and support of all of the people that she works with. “We have done a lot of difficult things in a positive way and I am proud of how we enable, facilitate and build people up,” she said.

I hope you will join us in congratulating Katharine for this well-deserved honour.

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