Maccabi GB (MGB) wishes to congratulate Vice President Trevor Pears who has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queens Honours List. MGB board member Richard Benson has also been awarded an OBE.
Trevor Pears, who established the Pears Foundation with two of his brothers, has been given a knighthood under the Foreign Office honours list, for his overseas philanthropy. Richard Benson, the former head of the Community Security Trust (CST) has been made an OBE for services to the Jewish community.
Mr Pears said: “I feel both humbled and excited to receive this honour. I am immensely appreciative and grateful to my brothers Mark and David, to my wife Daniela and to all of my family for their tremendous support; likewise to our fantastic foundation team and all of our partners.”
The Pears Foundation, an independent charitable body “rooted in Jewish values”, works with 250 partner organisations to fund projects.
Mr Pears said: “Through philanthropy I have been privileged to meet and work with many exceptional people. I look forward to growing and deepening these relationships in the future.”
Mr Benson stepped down from the CST after 12 years at the helm, during which the charity received recognition for its work in Britain and abroad.
He is now president of Tell MAMA, the organisation that monitors anti-Muslim hate.
He said: “Having devoted over 20 years of my professional and private life to combating antisemitism and all forms of hate crimes and having worked with amazing people and organisations who are at the sharp end of countering the same issues, I am proud that my work has been honoured in this way, and I will continue to carry out this important work for the benefit of victims.”