Former Adoption UK trainer Bob Barnes has been presented with the British Empire Medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson, in a ceremony at Adoption UK’s headquarters in Banbury.

Bob, who was nominated for the BEM in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to adoption, has trained hundreds of adoptive parents and professional staff over 18 years.

Bob was joined at the ceremony by his wife Wyn and their adopted son Nicolas (pictured above, with Bob and the Lord Lieutenant), as well as dozens of Adoption UK colleagues - both past and present.