Terry Waite honoured with Knighthood in the King’s Birthday Honours List

We are thrilled to share that Terry Waite has received a knighthood in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Sir Terry already had a CBE to his name and at 84, says he was taken aback to see his life and work further recognised. His life is a powerful example of hope and resilience. Terry suffered an unimaginable ordeal – after travelling to Beirut to try to negotiate the release of John McCarthy and his fellow Lebanon hostages he was also kidnapped and suffered 1,763 days in captivity, most of them spent in solitary confinement. His bestselling memoir, Taken on Trust shares his incredible story of the hours before and after being taken hostage until his release in November 1991.

Today, Terry continues to make extraordinary change. Since his release he has devoted his life to charity; founding Hostage International, which helps hostages and their families as well as co-founding Y Care International, a globally renowned charity focused on youth enterprise and employment. He’s also president of Emmaus UK, which runs homeless shelters.

Sir Terry has described his knighthood as ‘one of life’s peak achievements’. A huge congratulations from all of us at TSA!