Hearl Lenton was awarded the MBE for his services to education in the King’s First Birthday Honours List. Hearl retired as Chairman of the Wellspring Academy Trust last year having been a Director and Trustee since 2014. During his time as Chair, the Trust grew from 2 to 29 mixed community mainstream schools across Yorkshire, Humberside, and Lincolnshire.
In 2021 the achievements of the Trust were recognised when it was named Multi Academy Trust of the Year at the National Schools Awards.
On receiving news of the award, he said
“I am delighted to receive this honour which I believe recognises the impact Wellspring Academy has made in education in the region and those people in the Trust who work tirelessly every day to ensure the education of our children is delivered in a progressive and pragmatic way”.
Hearl is continuing his involvement in education and is now Chair of the Exceed Academies Trust based in Bradford.
Hearl is an Officer of Grand Lodge and a member of several Lodges in Yorkshire, and a member of Lambton Lodge in Durham.
On Friday 30th June Lambton Lodge held an emergency meeting to pass two Entered Apprentices, and as it was the first occasion they had met since Hearl had received his MBE, they took the opportunity to mark the occasion by embellishing their already sumptuous festive board with a cake.