It is with much sadness that we note the death of Morgan Parry, one of our Board Members.
Peter Matthews, Chair, said on behalf of the Board:
‘This is a great loss to Wales and indeed the whole of the environmental sector. Morgan was a source of strength, common sense and wisdom during the formation of Natural Resources Wales. We will miss his experience and insight. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this sad time.’
Morgan Parry was appointed to the Board of Natural Resources Wales in November 2012, and was chair of a predecessor body, the Countryside Council for Wales, from 2010 to 2013.
His commitment to and love of the Welsh environment is demonstrated amply by his many contributions.
In his early career he was Director of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, and for 10 years managed country parks, nature reserves and visitor attractions for Gwynedd County Council.
Morgan was a Board Member of Friends of the Earth from 1986-89, and a member of the Environment Agency’s North Wales Area Committee 1998-2000.
He established the Wales office of WWF in 2000 and led the organisation until May 2009. He then went on to join the Climate Change Commission for Wales and until his appointment to CCW, he was Chair of Cynnal Cymru - the Sustainable Development Forum for Wales.
His expertise was recognised widely. He served on a number of Welsh and UK advisory committees and working groups. He was a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes on the environment and wrote and lectured extensively on sustainability.