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Wales' new natural resources body named and board announced

The new body that will replace the Environment Agency Wales, the Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales has been formally named by Environment Minister, John Griffiths.
Thursday 25 October 2012

The Minister announced that the new body will be known as Natural Resources Wales or Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru.

The Minister said:

“I believe that this name communicates well the remit of the new body, covering all of the roles of the three current bodies, which will help to give confidence and reassurance to the new body’s customers and stakeholders. I have based my decision on responses to the consultations and work carried out with staff from the three bodies, and with other stakeholders. Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru captures well the new body’s remit in Welsh. 

“Today’s announcement means we are another step closer to establishing a new body that will be crucial to a sustainable future for the people, environment and economy of Wales.

“Not only will the new body result in a more streamlined way of working for the benefit of its customers, it will also ensure more effective delivery, improved value for money and better outcomes for the people of Wales”.

The Minister also announced the appointments of the ten non-executive directors selected from 185 candidates.

They are:

  • Dr Mike Brooker
  • Rev Hywel Davies
  • Dr Ruth Hall
  • Dr Madeleine Havard
  • Harry Legge-Bourke
  • Andy Middleton
  • Morgan Parry
  • Nigel Reader
  • Prof Lynda Warren
  • Sir Paul Williams

Details of the ten Non Executive Directors and their appointments are available at Welsh Government website. 

The formal naming of the single body and the announcement of its non executive directors is another key step forward in its creation. It follows the recent appointment of Professor Peter Matthews as Chair, and Dr Emyr Roberts as Chief Executive.

Work will now continue to ensure that Natural Resources Wales is ready to hit the ground running on April 1 2013.



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