Catherine Johnstone appointed CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

The former chief executive of Samaritans is among a host of voluntary sector figures to be recognised for their work

Catherine Johnstone
Catherine Johnstone

Catherine Johnstone, the former chief executive of Samaritans, has been given a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The awards include damehoods for Benita Refson, founder and president of the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, and Christine Lenehan, director of the umbrella body the Council for Disabled Children, and a knighthood for Simon Robey, chair of the Royal Opera House.

There were CBEs for Alison Hutchinson, chief executive of the Pennies Foundation, which collects electronic change for charities, Bharat Mehta, chief executive of the poverty and inequality charity Trust for London, and Althea Efunshile, deputy chief executive of the Arts Council England.

The same honour was also given to David Cameron, director of Community Land Scotland, which supports community land owners, John Crisford, former national chair of the Royal British Legion, Cheryll Adams, founding director of the Institute of Health Visiting, and Bridget Warr, chief executive of the professional body the United Kingdom Home Care Association.  

OBEs went to Tanya Barron, chief executive of the children’s charity Plan UK, Eleanor Harrison, chief executive of GlobalGiving UK, and Jocelyn Hillman, founder and chief executive of Working Chance, which helps women with criminal convictions or leaving care to find work.

Neil Martin, chief executive of the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade, Hanif Malik, chief executive of the community charity Hamara, and Timothy Kidd, deputy UK chief commissioner of the Scout Association, were also among those in the voluntary sector to be appointed OBE.

MBEs went to a host of voluntary sector figures, including Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, Elroy Palmer, team leader at the St Giles Trust, which works with former offenders, Elly Barnes, founder and chief executive of the equality charity Educate & Celebrate, Julia Upton, chief executive of the MK Community Foundation, and Elaine Nicholson, founder and chief executive of Action for Aspergers.

The Cabinet Office said that of the 1,149 people to receive an award, 70 per cent were people who had undertaken outstanding work in their communities in either a voluntary or paid capacity. 

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