We would like to offer congratulations to Professor Michael Lewis (OE 1970) who was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list and is shown on our photograph with his wife in November 2021 when he received the honour at Windsor Castle.

Professor Lewis was awarded the honour for services to education and social enterprise. He has been associated particularly with Riverston School, situated in Horn Park, just two kilometres from Eltham College. Originally founded in 1926, Riverston is a non-selective school that specializes in supporting children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties, which include dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger’s and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When he was awarded the MBE Michael was proprietor and Chair of Governors at Riverston and at another school, Beech Hall School in Macclesfield.

The ownership of both schools was transferred to the Chatsworth Schools Group in 2021, where Michael is a governor. Now retired, Professor Lewis is a member of the Westminster Commission on Autism, a cross-party body that regularly produces recommendations for policy and practice to the government, NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NICE, Royal Colleges, local government and others. Michael is also a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University in the School of Law and Social Sciences and has previously held positions at Anglia Ruskin University, where he was Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and at Leeds Metropolitan University, the London Business School and IEDE Business School, Madrid