British Council chief executive Ciarán Devane among sector figures knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours

The National Gallery's Nicholas Penny and Kevan Collins of the Education Endowment Foundation are also named

Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane

Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which include many people from charities and the voluntary sector.

Knighthoods go also to Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, which works to raise attainment among disadvantaged children, and Nicholas Penny, director general of the National Gallery.

Zarine Kharas, founder and chief executive of the donations website JustGiving, has been made a dame.

Devane, who joined the British Council from Macmillan Cancer Support in January, received the honour for services to cancer patients.

Clarissa Baldwin, who stood down as chief executive of the Dogs Trust last year after four decades with the charity, was appointed CBE, as were David Bull, chief executive of Unicef UK, Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, Teresa Dent, chief executive of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Clare Matterson, director of strategy at the Wellcome Trust.

The same honour also went to Nat Sloane, chair of the Big Lottery Fund England, Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive of the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the umbrella body Universities UK, Norman Goodwin, chief executive of Adoption Matters Northwest, and Barbara Hann, former chief executive of ACE Credit Union Services.

Among those appointed OBE were Mark Astarita, director of fundraising at the British Red Cross and a former chair of the Institute of Fundraising, Joffre Carroll, chief executive of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Wales, Helen Milner, chief executive of the community technology social enterprise the Tinder Foundation, Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, which awards scholarships to advance the study of nursing, Sue Robb, head of early years at the children and families charity 4Children, and Jane Vass, head of public policy at Age UK.

Vivienne Hayes, chief executive of the Women’s Resource Centre, was appointed MBE, as were Caroline Schwaller, chair of the local infrastructure body Navca, John Hall, chief executive of the Essex Wildlife Trust, and Isobel Grigor, chief executive of the young people’s charity the Calman Trust.

Other voluntary sector figures to be appointed MBE included Bill Walden-Jones, former chief executive of the mental health charity Hafal, Michelle McCrindle, chief executive of the older people’s charity Food Train, and Roger Geffen, campaigns director at the cycling charity CTC.

Katie Cutler, who set up an online fundraising page that raised more than £300,000 for Alan Barnes, the disabled pensioner mugged outside his home in Gateshead in January, was among the 295 people to be awarded the British Empire Medal. Many of those were recognised for their community or charitable work.

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