NSPCC’s Chief Child Protection Advisor awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours

Phillip Noyes, the NSPCC’s Chief Advisor on Child Protection has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for his outstanding public service, after decades spent protecting children and young people.

Phillip was one of five NSPCC staff and volunteers to receive a New Year's Honour.


Phillip Noyes, Chief Advisor on Child Protection at the NSPCC said:

Photograph of Phillip Noyes

“I am pleased and honoured to receive this award. It is recognition of the work of so many people in the NSPCC.

“Yet there is still much more to do to ensure children are safe and the NSPCC needs ongoing political and public support because every single child is worth fighting for.”

Phillip began his career as a social worker in Dorset more than 40 years ago. He joined the NSPCC as a member of the charity’s special unit in Rochdale, before going on to design a national network of NSPCC child protection teams who were responsible for caring for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

After years heading up the charity’s planning and research department, Phillip became the NSPCC’s Director of Public Policy. It was in this role that he developed the charity’s safeguarding consultancy teams, who now work with organisations and professionals around the UK to ensure that children are kept safe.

Phillip spearheaded the NSPCC’s lobbying work and helped shape the Children’s Act 1989, which remains the core piece of child protection legislation in England.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC said:

Peter Wanless

“It is wonderful to see Phillip’s expertise and influence over child protection across the UK recognised in this way.

“Very many children’s lives have benefited as a consequence of his longstanding commitment to our fight for every childhood.

“On behalf of our charity, I would like to thank him for his hard work and congratulate him on this well-deserved honour.”

Honours for other NSPCC staff and volunteers

Three NSPCC volunteers and another member of staff were also recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list:

    • Alan Peterson, Fundraising Chairman in Wales – awarded an OBE for his services to charitable fundraising.
    • Carol Ann Lyndon, Volunteer Childline Counsellor in Great Barr, Birmingham – awarded an MBE for her services to vulnerable children in the West Midlands.
    • Linda Joyce Stephen, Volunteer Childline Counsellor in Aberdeen – awarded an MBE for her services to children and young people in Scotland.
    • Hugh Kennedy, Volunteer with the Young Witness Service in Northern Ireland – awarded a BEM for his services to the community and young people in Londonderry.