Knighthood for NCVO chair Martyn Lewis in New Year Honours

Harpal Kumar of Cancer Research UK and Big Society Capital's Harvey McGrath are also knighted

Martyn Lewis
Martyn Lewis

Martyn Lewis, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. 

The former broadcaster, who has been chair of the NCVO since 2010, was given the honour for services to the voluntary sector, particularly the hospice movement. 

Lewis, who founded the online advice and support charity YouthNet, is a vice president of Hospice UK and was awarded the CBE in 1997 for services to young people and the hospice movement.  

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, and Harvey McGrath, chair of the social investment wholesaler Big Society Capital, were also given knighthoods. 

The same honour went to the philanthropist Jack Petchey for services to young people through his eponymous foundation, and Clive Cowdery, who founded and donated more than £20m to the Resolution Foundation, a charitable think tank that works to improve the living standards of people on low incomes. 

There were CBEs for Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, Caroline Harper, chief executive of Sightsavers, and Neil Jameson, executive director of Citizens UK, the alliance of community organising groups.

The same honour went to Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, Simon Trace, former chief executive of the development charity Practical Action, Peta Ash, chief executive of Southampton Voluntary Services and Sharon Blackburn, policy and communications director at the National Care Forum, which represents not-for-profit health and social care providers. 

Roy Blatchford, director of the National Education Trust, and Simon Dow, group chief executive of the social housing provider the Guinness Partnership, were also appointed CBE. 

OBEs were awarded to Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Prince's Regeneration Trust, Amanda Ariss, former chief executive of the Equality and Diversity Forum, and Paul Roberts, chief executive of the LGBT Consortium, the membership body for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered voluntary and community organisations. 

Sue Pettigrew, director of St Michael's Fellowship, which works with disadvantaged families, Lynn Chesterman, former chief executive of Grandparents Plus, which champions the role of grandparents in children's lives, and Mick May, founder and former chief executive of the ex-offender social enterprise Blue Sky, were also appointed OBE. 

Save the Children UK's William Bell, who is head of child protection, and Rachael Cummings, senior humanitarian health adviser, were both given OBEs. 

Among those to be awarded the MBE were Ailsa Bosworth, founder and chief executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Sinead Butters, chief executive of the social housing provider the Aspire Group, Sallie Eastick, chief executive of Musical Keys, which works with people with disabilities, Jane Howorth, founder and chief executive of the British Hen Welfare Trust, and Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, which works with young homeless LGBT people. 

The Cabinet Office said 1,196 people had received an award, of which 76 per cent were people who had carried out outstanding work in their communities in a voluntary or paid capacity. 

There was a British Empire Medal for the 13-year-old Jonjo Heuerman, who has raised more than £200,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund at Cancer Research UK and was the youngest recipient on this year's list. Dorothy Start, who was awarded the BEM for more than 50 years of community work in Friern Barnet, Hertfordshire, and for charitable giving, was the oldest aged 99. 

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