David Emerson, chief executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations, and Peter Holbrook, head of Social Enterprise UK, are among the voluntary sector figures to have been appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list.
The same honour has been awarded to Virginia Beardshaw, chief executive of the children's communication charity I Can, Amanda Tincknell, chief executive of the Cranfield Trust, which provides pro bono management consultancy to voluntary sector organisations, and Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice.
Alan Davey, outgoing chief executive of Arts Council England, Shaks Ghosh, chief executive of the Private Equity Foundation before its 2013 merger with the Impetus Trust, and Diane Lees, director general of the Imperial War Museums, have also been appointed CBE.
CBEs also went to Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Carolyn Makinson, former executive director of the International Rescue Committee UK, Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Culture and Sport Glasgow, Rodney Green, chair of St John Ambulance, and Alice Maynard, former chair of the disability charity Scope.
Dianne Thompson, who retired in October as chief executive of the National Lottery operator Camelot, and Esther Rantzen, the TV presenter who set up ChildLine and, more recently, The Silver Line, telephone support service for older people, were both made dames.
Recipients of the OBE included Barbara Gelb, chief executive of Together for Short Lives, Anne Houston, former chief executive of Children 1st, Jerome Church, general secretary of the veterans charity Blesma, Diana Beattie, director of the grant-giver the Heritage of London Trust, Louise Macdonald, chief executive of the youth information charity Young Scot, Rob Owen, chief executive of the offender rehabilitation charity the St Giles Trust, and Kate Pugh, chief executive of the Heritage Alliance coalition of heritage charities.
Jill Gloster, former chief commissioner of ScoutsWales, Peter Madden, former chief executive of the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future, Eve Richardson, former chief executive of the National Council for Palliative Care, Roger Smith, director of people and learning at the British Red Cross, and Martyn Wade, former chief executive of the National Library of Scotland, were also awarded the OBE.
Among those in the voluntary sector to receive the MBE were Arlene Cassidy, chief executive of Autism Northern Ireland, Lynn Charlton, chief executive of After Adoption, Lisa Gagliani, former chief executive of the Bright Ideas Trust, which helps young people to start businesses, Rebecca Donnelly, chief executive of the community sport charity Fight 4 Change, Margaret Dunbar, former chief executive of St Columba's Hospice and Eddie Farwell, co-founder and chief executive of Children's Hospice South West.
MBEs also went to Betty McBride, former director of policy and communications at the British Heart Foundation, Margaret Hannibal, director of operations at the bereaved children's charity Mosaic, Kerry Hearsey, chief executive of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire, Gurmel Singh Kandola, chief executive of the National Sikh Museum in Derby, Anne Owen, founder and general manager of North Clwyd Animal Rescue, and Lynda Rowbotham, head of legal at Mencap.
In total, 1,164 people received awards, 74 per cent of which had carried out outstanding work in their communities in either voluntary or paid capacities, according to the Cabinet Office.
Recipients of the British Empire Medal, which mostly went to people for community or charitable work, included Barbara Roberts, founder of the Withington Hedgehog Care Trust in Greater Manchester, Nick Martin, co-founder of and fundraiser for the autism charity Miracles-To-Believe-In, and Fauja Singh, the 103-year-old marathon runner and Age UK supporter.