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Christian Aid welcomes New Year's honour for its chair Anne Owers

Christian Aid is delighted that the outstanding work of Anne Owers, its new chair, has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list.

Anne OwersAnne Owers becomes a Dame, the female equivalent of a Knight, in recognition of her services to the the criminal justice system.

Since 2001, Dame Anne has been HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. She became chair of Christian Aid in November 2008.

Her award is given in recognition of what is officially described as ‘a pre-eminent contribution’ in the recipient’s field of activity.

Christian Aid director Daleep Mukarji said: ‘Christian Aid is delighted at this official recognition of Dame Anne’s outstanding work. Her honour is for services to the criminal justice system but she has also achieved a great deal in her work on human rights and race relations.

‘Christian Aid was very pleased that earlier in 2008, Dame Anne agreed to become our chair and we look forward to her providing leadership for us in that capacity in 2009.’

Dame Anne already holds the award of CBE – an honour that she received in 2000 for her work in a range of voluntary and public posts.

She is a committed human rights campaigner. While director of the law reform group Justice between 1992 and 2001, Dame Anne helped to secure the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

Between 1986 and 1992, she was general secretary of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. During that period she was also a member of the race and community relations committee of the Church of England.

Ms Owers' commitment to issues of diversity goes back to the 1970s, when she became a member of the race relations commission of the diocese of Southwark.

Notes to Editors:

Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in more than 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

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