Three quarters of those who received an honour in the 2011 New Year Honours List are “local heroes, who’ve undertaken outstanding work in their communities”, according to the Cabinet Office.
Recipients of the MBE include Jane Howitt, a volunteer since 1988 for East Devon Audio-Description Service for blind and partially sighted people, who gives on average 20 hours a week to the charity; Ratilal Devchand Shah, a philanthropist and volunteer who has built relationships with different communities and faiths locally, nationally and internationally; and Dr Marjorie Ziff, who, with her late husband, has served the community in Leeds through her philanthropic and charitable giving. Julia Lever, the founder of CHASE children’s hospice, also received an MBE.
Lord Wiedenfield received a GBE for his public service, most recently through his work to establish the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford.
Knighthoods were give to Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO; social entrepreneur Alec Reed, who has used his own money from a successful business career to found a number of new charities and initiatives including The Big Give; and Vernon Ellis for his support of music, in particular through his work with the English National Opera.
Giles Pegram, former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and member of the Institute’s Convention Board and Standards Committee, was awarded the CBE. Joining the NSPCC as Director of Fundraising in 1979, he was instrumental in the charity’s 1984 Centenary Appeal, which raised £15 million, a record at the time in the UK for a capital appeal. He also worked on the Society’s major ‘full stop’ Appeal.
Amanda McLean, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “Giles is a shining example of a successful charity fundraiser. He has achieved a monumental amount, raising millions of pounds for a number of charities, notably NSPCC and Oxfam”.
Of the 997 people recommended to The Queen for an award, 446 (45%) were women, and 7.6% came from ethnic minority communities.
About 11% of honours were for work in education, 8% for health, business 14%, arts and media 7%, and science and technology 3%.
The full honours list is published online.
Image: MBE medal – www.defenceimages.mod.uk. Crown copyright – used under Open Government License.
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