Former Cafod director among those recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Three-quarters of the 1,073 people to receive honours have performed outstanding work in their communities in either a voluntary or paid capacity, the government says

Chris Bain
Chris Bain

Chris Bain, former director of the Catholic aid agency Cafod, has been given one of the UK’s highest awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Bain, who retired in December after 15 years at Cafod, has today been made a companion of the order of St Michael and St George for services to international development and humanitarian work.

He had a long career in international development and also worked for charities including Christian Aid, Oxfam and VSO.

Clive Jones, chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee between 2011 and 2018, was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours list, which has also been released today.

Other honours in the Queen's list include a damehood for Laura Lee, chief executive of the cancer charity Maggie’s.

There were CBEs for voluntary sector figures including Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, and Stephen Greene, former chair of the National Citizen Service. Greene is co-founder and chief executive of RockCorps, which provides concert tickets for young people who volunteer.

CBEs also went to Ian Findlay, chief officer of the walking charity Paths for All, Marcus Davey, chief executive of the arts charity The Roundhouse, Sandra Kerr, race equality director at Business in the Community, which promotes responsible business, Terry Whittles, former chair of the Royal British Legion, and Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council.

Among those to be appointed OBE were Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, Arvinda Gohil, chief executive of Community Links and Phil Maguire, chief executive of the Prison Radio Association.

The same honour also went to to Sonia Watson, chief executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which helps disadvantaged people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds pursue careers in architecture, Dominic Haslam, director of policy and programme strategy at Sightsavers, Richard Lloyd, former executive director at the consumer charity Which?, Annwen Jones, co-founder of Target Ovarian Cancer, Anna Keay, director of the heritage charity the Landmark Trust, and Lee Elliot Major, former chief executive of the social mobility foundation the Sutton Trust.

The adventurer Bear Grylls was appointed OBE for his work as chief scout with the Scout Association and the comedian Griff Rhys Jones was given the same honour for his work as president of Civic Voice, which represents civic societies.

MBEs were awarded to dozens of voluntary sector workers, including Matthew Downie, director of policy and external affairs at the homelessness charity Crisis, Anna Rose Barker, former chair of the British Youth Council, Laura Dyer, deputy chief executive of the grant-maker Arts Council England, Christie Spurling, founder of the young people's charity N-Gage, and Sarah Burns, who founded the charity Smart Works, which provides unemployed women who are single parents with clothing and coaching for job interviews.

John Jolly, co-founder and manager of the Sudden Adult Death Trust, was also appointed MBE, as was Janice Lopatkin, UK programme director at World Jewish Relief, Emma Ratzer, chief executive of the Access Community Trust and Imran Sanaullah, chief executive of the Patchwork Foundation, which supports young people to engage with mainstream politics.

The Cabinet Office said 75 per cent of 1,073 people to have received awards were those who had performed outstanding work in their communities in either voluntary or paid capacities.

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