Queen's birthday honours recognise Thomson Foundation trustee

Posted by Nigel Baker

One of Thomson Foundation’s longest-serving trustees has received a knighthood for his humanitarian work in the birthday honours of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

Clive Jones was recognised for his “exceptional leadership” as chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crises in poorer countries.

The official citation for his award said that, over the course of his tenure (2011-2018), the DEC launched 10 emergency fundraising appeals and raised approximately £500 million from the British public to help victims of natural disasters, conflict and outbreak of disease. 

“Mr Jones’ outstanding achievements and impact during his time at DEC have been numerous and deeply felt, both within the organisation and within the wider charity, fundraising and humanitarian sectors,” said the citation.

He becomes Knight Commander of the Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for services to Humanitarian Crises.

Mr Jones’ outstanding achievements and impact during his time at DEC have been numerous and deeply felt.

Citation, Queen's birthday honours 2019

Sir Clive said: “It is the DEC and the other organisations I work with who properly deserve the praise, but I am happy to be recognised on their behalf.”  

Clive was awarded a CBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to broadcasting after a long career as a senior executive in Britain’s commercial TV sector.

He became a trustee of Thomson Foundation in 2012. He currently chairs a number of organisations including the Runnymede Trust and National Theatre Wales and is also a trustee of Sightsavers, the international disability charity.

Image courtesy of Quays TV News

Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Chief Executive

About: Nigel has overall responsibility for the delivery of the foundation’s programmes and budgets, as well as advising its board of trustees on strategy. His background is in the news industry, both as a journalist and as a manager of international news agencies.

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