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Charity leaders recognised in New Year Honours List 2020

02 Jan 2020 News

A number of charity sector professionals and volunteers have been recognised in the New Year Honours List, which was published by the Cabinet Office on 27 December 2019.

Those recognised include a father and son duo, a 92-year-old volunteer and a multitude of charity sector chief executives.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, and Julia Unwin, chair of the independent inquiry on the future of civil society, were both made Dames.

Matt Hyde, chief executive of the Scout Association, has been awarded an OBE for services to young people while his father Richard Hyde has been awarded an MBE for voluntary service to his local community.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, the British Heart Foundation’s longest serving associate medical director, has also been awarded an MBE for services to medical research. Nick Buckley, founder of Manchester’s anti-social behaviour reduction charity Mancunian Way, has also been awarded an MBE for his dedication to voluntary services and the local community. The charity runs a number of community projects such as Change4Good, which  successfully placed 28 homeless or vulnerable individuals into employment in 2019.

A number of volunteers have also been recognised in this years list. These include British Red Cross volunteer Lady Angela Lamport, who received an MBE for helping people affected by UK and international crises, including the Grenfell Tower Fire, where she supported survivors and bereaved families.

Five RNLI volunteers are also amongst those recognised and have been awarded British Empire Medal’s. The volunteers include 92-year-old Gordon Schofield, Carole Jackson, Rachel Tonkin, Rodney Cottrell, and John Horton. Collectively, they have volunteered for more than 200 years.

Chief executives in the sector also topped the list. These included Battersea’s chief executive Claire Horton who has been awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to animal welfare and Ruth Sutherland, chief executive of Samaritans, who has also been recognised for her services to vulnerable people.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, and Claire Dove, who is the government's VCSE crown representative and chief executive of Blackburne House, also received the award.

WheelPower’s chief executive, Martin McElhatton, has been awarded an OBE for services to disability Sport. He was paralysed in a road traffic accident in 1979 and played in the Paralympic Games, he has led the organisation for the past 22 years. John Poyton, chief executive of youth work charity Redthread, has also been awarded an OBE, as have Baroness Floella Benjamin and Joseph David Irvin, chief executive of Living Streets.

Charlotte Hill, the chief executive of Step Up To Serve, received an OBE for services to young people and Rachel Coldicutt chief executive officer of Doteveryone, received an OBE for services to the digital society.

Just over 1,000 people received awards and 72 per cent were in recognition of community work. 

The full list of awards can be found here.

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