Natural Resources Wales Chair receives Honorary Fellowship


Chair of the Board at Natural Resources Wales, Diane McCrea has today been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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She was appointed as Chair of the Board at Natural Resources Wales at the end of 2015.  NRW is the Welsh Government sponsored body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales. She has held a variety of non-executive positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Recently she completed her term of office with the Consumer Council for Water, as Chair of the Wales Committee and Vice Chair of the Board for England and Wales.  She was awarded an MBE for her services to the water industry in 2016.

She has direct experience of developing and delivering strategies and policies that reflect changing needs and aspirations in a range of diverse environments, including water, food, transport, housing and customer service.  Her work has championed evidence based policy and service delivery, to make direct improvements for consumers, customers, and the wider public in Wales, the UK, Europe and internationally.

Presenting the award to Diane McCrea was Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement.  She said:

“Taking on the Chair of the most influential body looking after the environment and our relationship with it in Wales is a major challenge, requiring skills of the highest order.  In typical Diane style, she sees it as a huge opportunity to really look at the relationship between the three areas she is most passionate about – food, health and water – all of which require a healthy environment and need to be effectively supported in the interests of current and future generations. When I asked her what motivated her, she said simply ‘consumer rights – particularly food, water, homes, environment – making sure the underpinning architecture of people’s lives work – whoever or wherever they are.’  This is now her life’s mission which she has taken into her role as Chair of Natural Resources Wales. Diane has told me a number of times that she doesn’t deserve this award.  I think that your absolute commitment and passion for people to be protected in whatever walk of life irrespective of colour, race, creed shines through your life’s work so far.  Your commitment to improving people’ quality of life in a fair and just way and your understanding of the importance of a healthy functioning environment is a lesson to us all.” 

Diane’s early career was in academia at Middlesex University where she was programme head for Science, Technology and Society.  This was followed by Which? magazine where she was head of food and health research. Later in her own consultancy she worked with a range of clients, including consumer organisations, regulators, worldwide NGOs, WHO, FAO and The World Trade Organisation.

She is a member of Ofwat’s independent working group on resilience, and has just completed her term of office as the Chair of Shelter Cymru.  She is a Trustees of the All Saints Educational Trust. Diane was awarded a Master’s in Nutrition from the University of London, and a B Ed Hons in Nutrition and Food Studies from the University of Wales.

On receiving her Honorary Fellowship, Diane McCrea said:

“It’s an absolute delight to receive this honour from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for the work I’ve done over the years.  There’s a real commitment within this university for one of my passions which is sustainable development and looking after future generations and making sure we have better health and wellbeing as a result.   My advice to today’s graduates is to cease the day and take every opportunity that you can.  Be brave and see what adventures you can have in life and what contribution you can make to the wider world.”

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