Strong showing for charities in New Year Honours

Michael Brophy and Astrid Bonfield are among those appointed CBE; knighthoods go to philanthropist Roger de Haan and Alan Parker, chair of Save the Children

Michael Brophy, appointed CBE in New Year Honours List
Michael Brophy, appointed CBE in New Year Honours List

Charity staff feature strongly among CBEs in today's New Year Honours, including Astrid Bonfield, chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Michael Brophy, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation until 2002 and Dr James Smith, chief executive of the Aegis Trust, which works to prevent genocide.

Brophy, a former Fleet Air Arm pilot, helped to shape the infrastructure of the modern charity sector in two decades at CAF by campaigning for Gift Aid and payroll giving and helping to found the Institute of Fundraising. Bonfield, who spent five years working in squatter camps in Africa early in her career, was chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund for seven years until 2012.

Knighthoods go to Alan Parker, chair of Save the Children and founder of the Brunswick public relations group, and to the philanthropist Roger de Haan, former head of the Saga Group, who has given £49m to charity, including many projects in Kent. The actress Penelope Keith is made a dame for services to the arts and charity, including helping to set up the National Memorial Arboretum.

Other charity staff appointed CBE are Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of the Anchor Trust, which provides housing for older people, Dr Janet Barnes, chief executive of York Museums Trust, Susan Bott, a director at Disability Rights UK, and Donna Covey, former chief executive of the Refugee Council.

CBEs also include Benjamin Foot, country director for Save the Children in Somalia and Somaliland, which suffered a severe famine from 2010 to 2012; David Holmes, former chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering; Rosemary Kempsell, former worldwide president of the Mothers' Union; Rear Admiral Richard Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust; and Deborah Ounsted, former chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

Appointed CBE for their philanthropic work are John Apthorp, founder of the Bejam frozen food company (taken over by Iceland) and of Majestic Wine, who has given £25m to local charities in Hertfordshire; the actor Michael Crawford for his work with children's charities; and the broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, also for helping children's charities. The television producer Peter Bennett-Jones is appointed CBE for helping to create Comic Relief and chairing it until May 2013.

David Bedford, race director for more than 20 years of the London Marathon, which has raised millions for charity, is appointed OBE, as are Craig Anderson, chief executive of the Furniture Re-Use Network, Caroline Davis, chief executive of Families for Children, Ruth Dearnley, chief executive of Stop the Traffik, and Ian Egginton-Metters, assistant chief executive of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Other sector OBEs are Sally Hayes-Smith, founder and executive director of Action for Kids, Bridget Lindley, deputy chief executive of the Family Rights Group, and John Longden, founder of Pub is the Hub, which fosters pubs in local communities. It is supported by the Prince of Wales, who also founded the mentoring charity Mosaic, the chair of which, Khawar Mann, also becomes an OBE.

Rafaat Mughal, founder and director of the Jan Trust, which supports hard-to-reach communities and won Third Sector's Small Charity, Big Achiever award in 2013, is also made an OBE. The same honour goes to Terence Prendergast, former chief executive of Marriage Care, Terry Riley, chief executive of the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, Loretta Tomasi, chief executive of English National Opera, and Nigel Woof, chief executive of the disaster relief charity MapAction.

The Cabinet Office said that 74 per cent of the people becoming OBEs or MBEs or receiving the British Empire Medal were being honoured for outanding work in their communities, either voluntary or paid, and that 51 per cent were women. Many charity staff are among the 468 new MBEs and 329 recipients of the BEM.

Among those appointed MBE are Matthew Searle, chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, which helps families with members missing abroad, Sue Fernley, manager of the legacy department at the RNLI, Eileen Granger, a fundraiser for Clic Sargent, Faiza Khan, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, and Lesley Frazer, policy manager at the criminal justice charity umbrella body Clinks.

Barry and Margaret Mizen, whose son was murdered in south London and who set up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, are made MBEs for services to young people. Among those receiving the British Empire Medal are Trevor Jarvis, an ambassador for dementia with the Alzheimer's Society in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Christina Selby of Penarth, south Wales, who founded Hats4Heroes and has sent 10,000 knittted hats, each with a chocolate bar, to troops in Afghanistan.

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