Charity leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019

10 Jun 2019 News

Three quarters of the 1,073 who received an award at the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 over the weekend had completed “outstanding” work in their communities in a voluntary or paid capacity.

The government’s statement said: “This list highlights a range of extraordinary people being recognised for their efforts to improve the social mobility of those from underprivileged backgrounds - whether through providing care, education or innovative business and employment support.”

The list includes:

Knights and dames

  • Laura Lee, the founder and chief executive of Maggie’s cancer centres
  • Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Simon Woolley, founder of Operation Black Vote
  • Jonathan Coles, chief executive of United Learning


  • Professor Charlotte Watts, founder of the Gender Violence Research Centre and global leader on domestic violence as a global public health issue


  • Lauren Shea for her work in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for young people


Figures from the charity sector among those made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire:

  • Terence Whittles, national chairman, The Royal British Legion
  • Dr Adrian Crellin, trustee, Cancer Research UK
  • Ian Findlay, chief officer, Paths for All for his work on healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities


Charity sector figures made Officers of the Order of the British Empire included:

  • Dominic Haslam, director of policy and programme strategy at international development organisation Sightsavers

He said: “I am hugely excited to receive this honour on behalf of the work Sightsavers, this fantastic organisation, does.
“Great progress has been made in the past five years on ensuring global development programmes increasingly include people with disabilities in their planning, implementation and outcomes.

“This is an apt moment for this award and I accept it in full recognition of the work done by organisations we work in partnership with around the world."

  • Felicity Varah Harding, ambassador at Samaritans

She said: Helping people overcome challenges and improving access to vital emotional support has been a lifelong passion for me.

“I am overwhelmed to receive such an honour and feel humbled to be in the company of so many people who have done remarkable things.”

  • Jane Lees, chair of the Sex Education Forum

She said: “I am proud to accept this honour in recognition of the unswerving commitment of the Sex Education Forum at the National Children’s Bureau and its partners, members and friends in achieving this important and timely outcome.”

  • Nimco Ali and Leyla Hussein for their work in tackling Female Genital Mutilation and gender inequality
  • Sonia Watson, CEO of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, for her work helping disadvantaged people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds pursue a career in architecture
  • Qadeer Kiani for his work developing opportunities for migrants and refugees in London
  • Janice Cahill for her work for the education of vulnerable young learners and child and adolescent mental health in Stockport
  • Philip Maguire for his work with Prison Radio
  • Cynthia Robinson, Elizabeth Sclater and Glenda Watt for their work with older people
  • Lee Major, CEO of the Sutton Trust for his work on social mobility
  • Gillian Haworth lately chief executive, Intercountry Adoption Centre for her work with vulnerable children and families
  • David and Elizabeth Carney-Haworth from Cornwall, co-founders of Operation Encompass, for their work with children affected by domestic abuse
  • Simon Gillespie, chief executive, British Heart Foundation


Volunteers made members of the Order of the British Empire:

  • Wendy Coomer, former chairman of the board of trustees for the Together Trust that supports young people and adults with disabilities, complex needs, autism and their families

She said: “I am surprised, delighted and honoured to receive this MBE.

“It has been a privilege to work with a fantastic group of staff, volunteers and young people over many years.”

  • Christie Spurling who founded the charity N-Gage to encourage disenfranchised students from deprived communities re-engage with their education
  • Sarah Burns for her work with charity Smart Works, which provides unemployed women who are single parents with clothing and coaching for job interviews
  • A group of 15 foster carers who between them fostered more than 1,000 children


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