Former Oxfam occupational counsellor, Martin Knops, awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Posted by Sarah Dransfield Senior Press Officer

31st Dec 2013

Martin Knops, 65 from Shipton on Cherwell in Oxford, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for his services to Oxfam. Martin, who retired from Oxfam in August, worked for the charity for over 26 years.

Martin Knops said: "I am deeply touched by the affection and confidence that Oxfam staff have in nominating me for this award. The honour is entirely theirs and reflects the commitment and dedication not only of them but all of those who support the work of Oxfam."  

Martin's role as the sole occupational counsellor for the organisation meant giving support to large numbers of staff and volunteers throughout the UK, as well as those based overseas, to cope with challenging and stressful circumstances. During the years Martin worked for Oxfam the organisation faced many humanitarian emergencies due to conflict or natural disaster. At these crucial times Oxfam staff involved in alleviating poverty and distress often need support themselves.

Jane Cotton, Oxfam's Human Resources Director, said: "Oxfam is thrilled to see Martin Knops being awarded an OBE for his massive contribution to the organisation over the years.

 "Martin was always at the heart of Oxfam's humanitarian operations, supporting people working in extremely difficult conditions across the world.

"Our staff frequently work in conflict zones or are first on the scenes after a natural disaster and Martin's calm, wise counselling helped to keep people going to deliver Oxfam's life-saving work. In addition to this he's been a rock for staff and volunteers in our offices and shops across the UK."

Martin now has his own private psychotherapy practice based in Shipton-on-Cherwell where he has a wide client-base.  He lives with his wife Brenda and their two children, Olivia and Mark who are both studying music at university. He also helps run the Shipton-on-Cherwell Village Hall and is involved in managing the Weaveley Furze, a local conservation area and likes to unwind by messing about on the River Thames in his hundred year old rowing skiff.

Before joining Oxfam he worked as a teacher and in adult education. He is now the acting Coordinator of his professional training organisation, the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (G.A.P.) for which he also teaches both in Oxford and London. The emphasis of the training is on the connection between spirituality and analytical psychology.

He is also a tutor with Oxford Brookes on international conflict studies and lectures on the effects of working in vulnerable and fragile areas.

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For more information about Martin's practise please visit: www.martinknops.co.uk

To arrange an interview with Martin Knops or an Oxfam spokesperson, please contact Sarah Dransfield: 01865 472269 // 07767 085636 // sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

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