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Dame Benita Refson DBE


Dame Benita Refson is a founding Trustee of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. After 19 years, Benita stepped down as CEO in 2014 and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President.

Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours' List in recognition of services to education. Currently, Benita is Trustee, Forward Trust and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney.

"Royal SpringBoard provides opportunities to pupils to develop their education, skills and confidence in a school environment which otherwise would have been unaccessible."

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