BOXER ANTHONY Joshua named OBE and MOBO Awards founder Kanya King to be named CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Many prominent Australians have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
He also speaks regularly around the world about improving wellbeing at work.
Take Mary Brennan, the 67-year-old who will be given a British Empire Medal for her work with a local gardening group and a lunch club for vulnerable people that runs at St Hilda's Church, or Phil Gomersall, the 72-year-old from Rawdon, who will also receive a British Empire Medal for services to horticulture and Lorraine Long, whose 36 years of fostering in Leeds will earn her an MBE.
Defoe added that he feels "blessed and humbled" to get the honour, described it as his biggest achievement to date.
"I am delighted and extremely proud to be made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List", said Katharine, who is now on maternity leave following the recent birth of her second child.
Defoe said he felt "mixed emotions", with the award coming nearly a year after the death of six-year-old football mascot Bradley Lowery, with whom the player struck up a strong friendship as the little boy battled a rare childhood cancer.
"The only sadness", she said was "that our wonderful mother died a few weeks ago and so she won't be able to see us get our awards - but I'm sure she's looking down and smiling with characteristic, motherly pride!"
"I like to think this award honours that, and the importance of literature and creativity in the classroom".
In healthcare, Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England Professor Susan Hill is made a dame for services to the 100,000 Genome Project and to NHS Genomic Medicine, while surgeon Nadine Hachach-Haram is awarded a BEM for services to surgery and innovation, having co-founded a company pioneering virtual access to surgery for people in remote areas.
William Calvert has been recognised for services to business, charity and the community in Thirsk.
In total 1,057 people have received an award in 2018.