Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam, Hilary Blume, founder of Card Aid, and Julia Cleverdon, vice-president of Business in the Community, are among the 959 people to have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2008.
Of those honoured, 42 per cent were recognised for community, voluntary and local services, and 41 per cent were women – a record high.
Blume, who established the Charities Advisory Trust and helped launch the Association of Charity Shops, was made a DBE, as was Stocking. Cleverdon, who was chief executive of Business in the Community for 16 years from 1992 to 2008, was made a DCVO.
Voluntary Sector Honours
Royal Victorian Order: Dame Commander (DCVO)
Julia Cleverdon, former chief executive, Business in the Community
Order of the British Empire, civil: Dame Commander (DBE)
Hilary Blume. For services to the voluntary sector
Barbara Stocking, chief executive, Oxfam GB. For services to humanitarian work
Order of the British Empire, civil: Commander (CBE)
John Grimshaw MBE, founder and chief executive, Sustrans. For services to the development of the National Cycle Network
John Low, chief executive, Charities Aid Foundation. For services to the voluntary sector and deaf people
Order of the British Empire, civil: Officer (OBE)
Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn. For voluntary services to the community in Northern Ireland through the Pushkin Trust
Sayyid Yousif Al-Khoei, director, Al-Khoei Foundation. For services to community relations
Tunde Banjoko, chief executive and founder, Leap. For services to employment and training in London.
Peter Scott-Blackman, chief executive officer, Afiya Trust. For voluntary services to black and minority ethnic healthcare
Dinah Cox, chief executive, Race on the Agenda. For services to community relations in London
Harriet Crabtree, director, Inter Faith Network for the UK. For services to community relations
Sally Daghlian, former chief executive, Scottish Refugee Council. For services to human rights
Patricia Ellison, business change manager, Barnardo's. For services to children and the community in Stockton-on Tees
Elizabeth Liddell, chief executive, Aparna Charitable Trust (UK). For services to social care in India
Maureen Piggot, director, Mencap (Northern Ireland). For services to people with learning difficulties
Katherine Rake, director, Fawcett Society. For services to equal opportunities