Birthday honours list decorates community sector champions

The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain heads a significant roll of voluntary sector figures included in the Queen's annual birthday honours list.

Iqbal Sacranie has been awarded a knighthood for serving the Muslim community and charities. As chair of the Memon Association UK, he helped to raise £1.2m for a sport and community centre in south London. He is also vice-president of the Family Welfare Association and a trustee of Muslim Aid.

In other awards, the outgoing chair of the Carnegie UK Trust, William Thomson, has been made a Commander of the British Empire for his services to charity.

A member of the trust's board for 25 years, Thomson is the great-grandson of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the only remaining family member to be involved in one of the 23 Carnegie foundations worldwide.

He was replaced by vice-chair Millie Banerjee at the trust's AGM this week, although he will remain chair of the selection committee for the International Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

Roger Potter, who is stepping down as director of Worldwide Volunteering for Young People on 27 June, has been given an MBE in recognition of his 11 years supporting young people. His successor, Peter Sharp, has spent 14 years as finance director and acting chief executive of the Industry and Parliamentary Trust.

Other MBEs went to Brian Oxley, who spent several months in Iraq working for the Salvation Army's emergency relief project; Rob Stokes, executive director of the Pathfinder Careers Charity; and Averil Jarvis, founder and director of the Cinnamon Trust, which helps elderly pet owners and their pets.

OBEs went to guitarist Jimmy Page, patron of the Bury St Edmunds-based ABC Trust, which was set up by his wife Jimena, and to Ann Height, chief executive of ex-offenders charity Apex.

Page has spent a decade raising awareness of the ABC Trust, which helps Brazilian street children. Chief executive Mark Ereira said: "He is a champion for our cause. The charity would not be where it is today without all of his incredible help."

Height, who has been chief executive of Leicester-based Apex since 1991, said: "I am honoured, but I also feel embarrassed because I am not the only one who has made this charity a success. Many other people are very passionate about it."

Midge Ure, famous as the frontman of 1980s pop group Ultravox and a driving force behind Band Aid and Live Aid, has also been given an OBE for his services to music and charity.

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