Sector leader Julia Unwin among charity names in New Year Honours

The former chair of the Civil Society Futures project and chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is made a dame alongside Gillian Guy of Citizens Advice

Dame Julia Unwin
Dame Julia Unwin

The voluntary sector leader Julia Unwin and Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, have been made dames in the New Year Honours.

Unwin, who spent 10 years as chief executive of the research and policy charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, chaired the Civil Society Futures project, a two-year inquiry into the future of the UK voluntary sector that published its report in late 2018.

Guy has been chief executive of Citizens Advice since 2010 and before that held the same position at Victim Support. She was appointed CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours.

This year’s list saw CBEs awarded to Polly Neate, chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, Claire Horton, chief executive of the animal charity Battersea, Ruth Sutherland, chief executive of the suicide-prevention charity Samaritans, and Hayaatun Sillem, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The same honour went to Claire Dove, chief executive of the social enterprise Blackburne House and a former Charity Commission board member, Carol Matthews, chief executive of the social landlord the Riverside Group, and Andrew McKeon, chair of the health think tank the Nuffield Trust.

Timothy Walker, chief executive and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was also appointed CBE, as was Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the social enterprise the Energy Saving Trust.

There were OBEs for a raft of voluntary sector figures, including Matt Hyde, chief executive of the Scouts, Joe Irvin, chief executive of the pedestrian charity Living Streets, Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, and Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association.

The same honour was awarded to Charlotte Hill, chief executive of the youth charity Step Up To Serve, Andrew Jowett, chief executive of the development charity Build It International, Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, director of operations and deputy chief executive at the children’s charity Coram UK, Angela Hughes, chief executive of Wales Air Ambulance, Nicola Killean, chief executive of the young people’s arts and music charity Sistema Scotland, and Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the grant-maker the Wolfson Foundation.

Junior Smart, a former prisoner who founded the St Giles SOS Project in 2006 to help young people leave gangs safely, was also appointed OBE for services to tackling gang violence.

Many voluntary sector figures were appointed MBEs, including Linda Dominguez, head of safeguarding at St John Ambulance, Lynn Morgan, former chief executive of Arthur Rank Hospice, Nick Buckley, founder and chief executive of the anti-social behaviour reduction charity the Mancunian Way, Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, and Nicola Perrin, former head of understanding patient data at the Wellcome Trust.

The same honour went to Jo Middlemiss, co-founder of the healthcare charity the Ethiopia Medical Project, Rhian Mannings, founder and chief executive of 2 Wish Upon A Star, which provides bereavement support for families who have suddenly lost children or young people, and Lady Angela Lamport, who was instrumental in setting up the Tiffany Circle, a group of businesswoman who aim to raise substantial sums for the British Red Cross.

A total of almost 1,100 people received honours in the latest list.

The Cabinet Office said 72 per cent of recipients, or 789 people, had undertaken outstanding work in their communities in either voluntary or paid capacities.

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