New Year honour for Coram chief

Gillian Pugh, former chief executive of children's charity the Coram Family, has been made a Dame for services to children and their families in the Queen's annual New Year's Honours list.

Pugh worked for the National Children's Bureau for 20 years before joining the Coram Family in 1997. Recently she advised minister for children Margaret Hodge on the Every Child Matters green paper.

CBEs went to writer and explorer Neville Shulman, who has been a vice-president of NCH for 15 years, and to Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who and patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Paul Lamplugh, 73, has been given an OBE for services to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Other OBEs went to Katherine Green, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group; Professor Gerald Manners, chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations; George Hepburn, chief executive of the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland; and William Jordan, a vice-president of the RSPCA.

- See Opinion, p23

ALSO - Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh came third in a radio poll to choose a 'People's Peer' for the House of Lords last week. Batmanghelidjh, who runs a drop-in centre for vulnerable children in South London, received 15 per cent of the vote from listeners of Radio 4's Today programme. Bob Geldof won with 36 per cent of the vote.

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