Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, has received an OBE for services to child safety in the New Year Honours List 2023.
The honour recognises Katrina’s tireless commitment to the safety of children, particularly those most vulnerable to serious accidents.
Since her appointment as Chief Executive of the charity in September 2001, Katrina has been unwavering in her dedication to ensuring that no child loses their life or endures the pain and suffering of a serious, but preventable, accident.
With children and families at the heart of what she does, Katrina has a keen grasp of the many factors that influence the risk of serious accidents, including the poverty and poor housing that place some children in greater danger.
Equally she recognises the valuable role that frontline services, professional bodies, government departments, businesses and other charities all play in creating a safer world for children. This drives her commitment to working in partnership and has maximised the impact of the charity’s work.
“I am truly humbled to receive this award. I want to thank my wonderful staff team and trustees, our partners and supporters, and the NHS staff and families who share their insights and stories with us.
“I hope this award helps to highlight our work and encourage others to join us. It can’t be right that children still die or suffer disfiguring or disabling injuries in accidents that are completely preventable.”
Katrina’s expert stewardship of the charity has seen it weather the storms of change and remain nimble and responsive to opportunities and the needs of families.
Paul Leggat, the charity’s Chair of Trustees, said:
“I was already proud to serve as Chair for such a wonderful charity and work with such an excellent Chief Executive, but this is the icing on the cake! It is a fitting recognition of Katrina’s passion, drive and humility. I couldn’t be more proud of all her achievements for the Child Accident Prevention Trust.”