Sector prominent in birthday honours

The top honour for the charity and voluntary sector in the Queen's birthday honours list went to former England all-rounder Ian Botham, who received a knighthood "for services to charity and to cricket." His marathon walks have raised more than £10 million, mainly for cancer charities.

Prominent among those receiving the CBE was Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, who has been a critic of the Government's proposals to extend detention for terrorism suspects. She has twice won the chief executive section in Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charity Awards.

Jane Tomlinson, who began running marathons and other long-distance routes after being diagnosed with cancer, also received a CBE. She has raised more than £1.25m for various charities.

Andrew Fremantle, chief executive of the RNLI, also received a CBE, as did Jane Denton, director of the Multiple Births Foundation, Charles Fraser, chief executive of the housing charity St Mungos, Colonel Duncan Green, recently retired director general of the Batt Dogs and Cats Home, Hugh Mackintosh, former director of Barnardo's Scotland and Derek Twine, CEO of the Scout Association.

Among those receiving the OBE were Denise Marshall, chief executive of the Poppy Project, which runs refuges for women who have been trafficked. Another was John Crabtree, a trustee of deafblind charity Sense, who has helped raise £2m by leading mountain treks, most recently to Peru.

Other voluntary sector OBEs were: Commodore Tobin Elliott, chief executive of ex-servicemen's charity Combat Stress; Ashok Ghose, chair of the Asian People's Disabilities Alliance; Stanley Harris, former chair of Community Links in E London; Dr Robin Henshaw, executive director of Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale; Derek Alcorn chief executive of Citizens Advice in Northern Ireland; John Ayling, a trustee of the Lords Taverners charity; Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families; Jane Jason, founder of the Dementia Relief Trust; Stanley Judd, vice-chair of the Railway Children charity; Anthony Lawton, chief executive of Centrepoint; Prof John McClure, former chair of the British Red Cross; Heather Petch, director of the Housing Associations Charitable Trust; John Taylorson, former corporate director of DebRA (the charity for sufferers of epildermolysis bullosa); Benita Refson, founder and chief executive of ThePlace2Be; and Waseem Yaqub, former UK manager of Islamic Relief.

OBEs also went to Isobell Wilsdon (services to the British Red Cross), Derek Hunnisett, (charitable services in East Sussex), John Richards (charitable services), Judith Mellor (charitable services in London and Northampton), and Kathleen Duncan (charitable services in south London).

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