Birthday honours reward sector

Cliff Prior, the chief executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, was among voluntary sector leaders honoured in the Queen's birthday honours list last week.

Prior, 45, who became chief executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship in 1998, received a CBE. He is also vice-chair of the Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance, the umbrella charity for patient organisations and a member of the NHS Modernisation Board and the Mental Health Taskforce.

Bertha Klug, founder and life president of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, which works to educate young people about the Holocaust, received an MBE. Her work with Wessex Health Living Foundation is also honoured.

The chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, Andrew Purkis, was awarded an OBE. Purkis worked for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations from 1980 to 1987, the Council for the Protection of Rural England from 1987 to 1992, and as secretary of public affairs for the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey from 1992 to 1998.

Joanna Foster, chairman of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales was awarded a CBE for her work in promoting equal opportunities.

Elizabeth Johnson, co-ordinator with the Daphne Jackson Trust, which helps engineers and scientists return to work after a career break, also received an MBE.

James Partridge, founder and chief executive of facial disfigurement charity Changing Faces, who is also director of the Centre for Appearance and Disfigurement Research, was given an OBE.

Two Oxfam workers are honoured. Susan Beuzeval, PA to director Barbara Stocking, received an MBE, while Stuart Wallace, international director with Oxfam, was given an OBE.

Thomas Hill, the vice-president of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, received an OBE for services to young people.

John Howard, director of safety policy at the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, was awarded an OBE.

Rev Canon James Baker, the founder of Whitehaven Youth Trust, got an MBE for services to young people in Cumbria.

Three volunteers from the Royal British Legion were honoured. Edwin Boorman received an OBE for services to the Legion in Kent, while Jane Brutnell received an MBE for services in Leicestershire and Hugh Grout the same honour for services in Devon.

Fiona Clarke, joint co-ordinator with Kids VIP, received an OBE for services to prisoners' children.

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