Nick Partridge, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a leading campaigner on HIV/Aids and sexual health, has been knighted in the new year's honours list.
He has led the trust for nearly 18 years and is also chair of Involve, an advisory group on public involvement in healthcare research, and a member of the inspection body the Healthcare Commission.
"I'm absolutely delighted," said Partridge. "This is great recognition of the pioneering work of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the importance of patient and public involvement in health research through Involve and the impact of the health watchdog, the Healthcare Commission."
Knighthoods have also gone to David Jones, co-founder of the Cure Parkinson's Trust, and to Reading Football Club chairman John Madejski for his charitable activities.
Another voluntary sector campaigner, Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, has received a CBE, as have Sue Hammerson, founder of the Sue Hammerson Charitable Trust, and Melanie Lee, deputy chair of Cancer Research UK.
Dr Michael Schluter, chair of two charities, the Relationships Foundation and the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge, has also received a CBE.
Ben Summerskill, former journalist and chief executive of equality and diversity charity Stonewall, has received an OBE, as have Gideon Amos, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, and Marilyn Rydström, former director general of veterinary charity the PDSA.
OBEs have also been awarded to Julian Piper, former director of extended and integrated services at education charity ContinYou, Captain Michael Gordon-Lennox, chairman of ex-services visual impairment charity St Dunstan’s, George Band, chair of the Himalayan Trust, which raises money for sherpas, and Judith Sischy, director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools.
Further OBEs have gone to Duncan Fisher, chief executive of the Fatherhood Institute, Salima Hafejee, former director of the Bradford Youth Development Partnership, and Susan Matheson, chief executive of Sacro, a charity that resettles prisoners in Scotland.
Dozens of people have received MBEs for a wide variety of voluntary service to local communities. Among them are Francis Powell, for services to the Oswestry Talking Newspaper in Shropshire, Albert Cooksey, for services to the Coniston Mountain Rescue Team in Cumbria, and Israel Massey, co-founder of Race Equality in Newham, east London.
Lynette Costello and Dee Edwards, who set up the charity Mothers Against Murder and Aggression after the killing of the toddler James Bulger in Merseyside in 1993, also received MBEs. The charity has helped 600 families affected by crime.