Peter Wanless awarded a knighthood in New Year’s Honours

Peter Wanless , NSPCC’s Chief Executive, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for services to children and young people and to the charitable sector

Andy Briggs, a long-standing trustee, Freda Davis, a member of Bromley Committee and Anne Baker, a 106 year-old fundraiser, have also been honoured.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC said:

Peter Wanless

It is a great privilege to lead the NSPCC and I am delighted on behalf of all our volunteers and staff to see our vital work to prevent abuse and neglect recognised in this way.

"This incredible honour comes as the end of a year that has taken its toll on children. We need to come together to make sure 2021 is a better year for our young people.”

Peter joined the NSPCC in 2013 after running the Big Lottery Fund for five years. Before this he worked as a director at the Department for Education having begun his career at the Treasury.

Over the last seven years Peter has led a successful strategy to make 5 million children safer by 2021 by protecting children today and preventing abuse tomorrow.

"At the end of a tough year this is great news for the NSPCC and the children’s sector. Peter’s dedication to stopping child abuse and neglect is at the heart of the NSPCC’s work, and it is a major reason why I am here as Chair. His passion and determination to put children and young people first makes him an extraordinary leader. In a year that has really taken its toll on children, Peter has enabled and supported our amazing staff, volunteers and fundraisers to do incredible things day-after-day."
Neil Berkett, Chair of the NSPCC


Honours for NSPCC trustee and volunteer fundraisers

An NSPCC trustee, a 106 year-old fundraiser and an award-winning gardener also recognised in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.

Andy Briggs

A staunch NSPCC supporter for over 10 years and a trustee for four, he is Chair of our Income Generation Committee. Andy is awarded an MBE in recognition of his fundraising work.

"This honour is recognition of Andy’s extraordinary dedication to fundraising for over a decade – and the difference that this will have made to the lives of young people who have nowhere else to turn. As a colleague I greatly appreciate his wise and thoughtful counsel, but above all the way he always puts children first."
Neil Berkett, Chair of the NSPCC

Anne Baker

A volunteer fundraiser for the NSPCC, with over 50 years of work is awarded an MBE. Anne adapted her fundraising methods during the current crisis because of her need to shield.

"It is truly wonderful news to hear that Anne has been honoured with an MBE. Anne has such spirit and determination that not even a global pandemic would stop her fundraising for her favourite charity. And this year, with the country in lockdown and so many events cancelled, we have needed the support of people like Anne more than ever. We thank Anne from the bottom of our hearts for so many decades of loyal support. Anne is an inspiration to us all, her smile lights up any room and her caring for children everywhere is hugely appreciated."
Caroline Morgan, NSPCC Supporter Fundraising Manager

Freda Davis

Award-winning gardener Freda Davis, who has been part of the Bromley Committee since 2007, has been awarded a BEM for “services to the NSPCC and to the community in the London Borough of Bromley”. Freda has run a series of open gardens to raise money for the NSPCC.

"Freda’s open garden events have been very popular over the last 13 years and have helped to raise a staggering amount of money for the NSPCC and other causes. “It’s clear Freda puts her heart and soul into her gardens and it’s amazing that she shares them with everyone, to help children and young people at risk of abuse. Well done Freda – this award is so incredibly well deserved!"
Rachel Sullivan, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for London