Sector figures honoured in Queen's birthday honours list

Matthew Bowcock (pictured), former chair of UK Community Foundations, and Helen Stephenson, director of the Office for Civil Society, are among those awarded CBEs

Matthew Bowcock
Matthew Bowcock

Helen Stephenson, director of the Office for Civil Society and Matthew Bowcock, former chair of UK Community Foundations, are among the voluntary sector figures to have been given CBEs in the Queen’s birthday honours.

CBEs also went to Emma Pennery, clinical director at Breast Cancer Care, David Mabey, director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine, and Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, was given a knighthood for services to museums.

There was an MBE for Stephen Sutton, the 19-year old who raised more than £4m for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He had been told of the honour before he died from cancer last month.

Stephenson, who was given her award for services to civil society, has been at the Cabinet Office since 2007. She previously worked for the Big Lottery Fund and the Shaftesbury Society, which together with John Grooms became Livability in 2007.

Bowcock, founding director of and a current board member for both Arts Council England and Big Society Capital, was given his award for services to community philanthropy.

Recipients of the OBE included Andy Cole, chief executive of the premature babies charity Bliss, Nicholas Colloff, former director of innovation at Oxfam, Martin Colclough, head of sports recovery at Help for Heroes, and Sharmila Nebhrajani, chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Jonathan Cheshire, former chief executive of the support charity the Wheatsheaf Trust, Jo Owen, co-founder of the education charity Teach First, and Shahien Taj, executive director of the Henna Foundation, which supports Muslim women, also received OBEs.

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