Charity leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

11 Jun 2018 News

Janet Vitmayer, former chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Charity chief executives, founders and chairs received a collection of senior honours in the queen’s birthday list, published at the weekend.

The government said that 71 per cent of those honoured had performed outstanding work in their community, whether voluntary or paid, including the oldest recipient, Rosemary Powell, aged 103, who had sold poppies for 97 years for the Royal British Legion.

The vast majority of the 318 recipients of the British Empire Medal are individuals who have provided volunteer services in their communities.

The list includes:

Knights and dames

  • Professor Christopher John Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund
  • Lloyd Dorfman, founder of grant-giver the Dorfman Foundation and chair of the Prince’s Trust
  • Charles Saumarez Smith, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts
  • Janet Vitmayer, chief executive and director of the Horniman Museum



  • Ryan Campbell, chair of the mental health charity Mind
  • Margaret Casely-Hayford, chair of ActionAid
  • Hilary Emery, former chief executive of the National Children's Bureau
  • John Kirkby, founder of Christians Against Poverty
  • Hannah Rothschild, chair of the National Gallery
  • Jenny Saunders, former chief executive, National Energy Action



  • Manoj Badale, chair of the British Asian Trust
  • John James, chief executive of the Sickle Cell Society
  • Angela Morgan, former chief executive of the young people’s charity Includem



  • Akeela Ahmed, founder of She Speaks, We Hear
  • Andrea Clarke, founder of Playskill
  • Halford Hewitt, chief executive of the Ipswich Housing Action Group
  • Colin Hodgetts, founder of Refugee Action
  • Mick Nield, rescue leader at Oldham Mountain Rescue
  • Rosemary Powell, aged 103, poppy seller for the Royal British Legion since 1921

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