Former BBC and ITN news presenter Martyn Lewis, who became a BRACE Ambassador in 2014, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Years Honours List.

Martyn chaired the first ever BRACE dementia conferences in November 2014 and 2015 and accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador after the first of these. His knighthood is a recognition of his huge contribution to the voluntary sector; Martyn has been chairman of the NCVO since 2010 and is also a dedicated supporter of charities covering a wide range of causes, including young people, the elderly, hospices and service families.

BRACE Chief Executive Mark Poarch said, "This honour is surely one of the most deserved in the whole New Year Honours List. We have been very fortunate to have Martyn's backing in the last couple of years and to benefit from his skills as a presenter and communicator. His charity sector commitments were already many and longstanding when he first came into contact with BRACE, but he has still given us superb support. Warmest congratulations to Martyn from all of us at BRACE."