Voluntary sector makes strong showing in New Year's Honours

Gemma Ware

Roger Singleton, the former chief executive of Barnardo's who retired last year, has been awarded a knighthood for services to children in the Queen's annual New Year's Honours list.

Singleton, 63, worked for the children's charity for 31 years and became chief executive in 1984. He is a former chair of the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations and has served on public enquiries into child abuse in children's homes.

A knighthood also went to Dr Allen McClay, chair of the Queen's University of Belfast Foundation, for his services to business and charity in Northern Ireland. McClay, 73, earned millions from founding Northern Ireland's first pharmaceutical business, Galen Holdings, in the 1960s.

In 1997, he founded the McClay Trust, a charitable body set up to advance teaching and medical research at Queen's, and is now chairman of Almac sciences, a pharmaceutical business.

CBEs went to Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, named most innovative charity at Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charity awards in November, and to Age Concern director general Gordon Lishman. Marcus Binney, founder and president of Save Britain's Heritage, was awarded a CBE, and Dr Derek Douglas was awarded a CBE for his work with the Scottish cancer care charity Maggie's Centre Trust.

OBEs went to Ann Cot-ton, founder and executive director of Camfed International, for services to girls' education in rural Africa; Carole Bamford, vice-chair of the high-profile Full Stop Campaign at the NSPCC; and Margaret Hyde, former director of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, for a long career in the sector.

Ken Caldwell also received an OBE for his work as director of international operations at Save the Children UK, after leading its responses to the tsunami, the food crisis in Niger and the Pakistan earthquake.

Evelyn Asante Mensah, chief executive of Black Health Agency since 1992, received an OBE too, for her work challenging health inequalities in the statutory and voluntary sectors. Jennifer Baker, a trustee of Volunteering England, also received an OBE, as did Sue Raikes, chief executive of Thames Valley Partnership.

A wide range of people were awarded MBEs for their volunteering work, including Rachel Ronchetti of Fairbridge in Tyne and Wear for more than 20 years of volunteering for disadvantaged young people.

The full list can be found at: www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page8837.asp.

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