THE humanitarian director of charity Oxfam will become an OBE for her services to the voluntary sector.

Jane Cocking, 51, of Sutton, near Witney, has worked for the charity, which provides aid for development overseas, since 1997.

She leads Oxfam’s £125m humanitarian work, which last year helped 4,820,000 people with emergency aid.

Dr Cocking said: “I’m rather taken aback and very surprised. I’m really pleased, obviously, but rather embarrassed. I think there are a lot more people in Oxfam who deserve it more than I do.”

Jane worked in anthropology and archaeology before moving to humanitarian and development management in 1989.

She has worked for the Overseas Development Administration (now the Department for International Development) and Save the Children.

She added: “As long as they will have me, I will continue working for Oxfam. Who knows what the future holds, but I will just turn up at work on Monday and keep going.”

Comedian Graeme Garden gave himself a gong in an episode of hit 1970s show The Goodies and now he has a real one.

Mr Garden, 68, from Enstone, near Chipping Norton, now has an OBE, for services to light entertainment.

He lives with his wife Emma and the couple have a son Tom, 26.

Mr Garden, who is in the middle of recording a new series of the Radio 4 show Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue, also has a son and a daughter from his first marriage.

He said: “This is a great honour. When The Goodies was on, I awarded myself an OBE on one of the shows to tease Bill Oddie, who had been recognised for his wildlife work, so it’s great to finally get a real one.”

Mr Garden, who suffered heart problems several years ago, gives talks to help fundraising efforts for the Oxford Heart Centre.

Meanwhile, the former chief constable of Thames Valley Police will become a CBE for his service to the police force.

Peter Neyroud, of Witney, was also the chief executive officer of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), which advises the force.

He retired from the NPIA, after five years in the job, at the end of 2010.

Mr Neyroud joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1980 after reading History at Oxford and rose through the ranks, becoming chief constable in Oxfordshire in 2002.

He is also a published author of books, articles and papers on policing.

After retiring he went to Cambridge University, where he is doing research on crime harm.