Birthday honour for donor

June 23, 2011

Philanthropist Edward Atkin and law professor and barrister Jeffery Jowell QC were both recipients of Queen's Birthday honours last week.

Mr Atkin, 66, received a CBE for services to industry and to charity through the Atkin Foundation.

After selling his baby-feeding business, Avent, for £300m in 2005, he has dedicated his time to his foundation, which is one of the main supporters of the Community Security Trust, Norwood, Jewish Care, JAMI and other Jewish cauises.

The Atkin fellowships he established at King's College London enable Arab and Israeli postgraduates to study together.

A member of three synagogues, Mr Atkin also takes a close interest in the arts through his involvement with the Camden Roundhouse, the Old Vic and the Tate galleries.

Prof Jowell was awarded a knighthood for his services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

A professor of public law at University College London and a former vice-provost, Sir Jeffrey is also a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers.

The South-African born lawyer is the son-in-law of the late anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman.

He is a vice-president of the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy Through Law and was part of the 2010 British-Israeli legal exchange.

He has also served on the Royal Commission on environmental pollution and advised on regulating privatised rail networks.

Last updated: 2:20pm, June 23 2011