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Wolds women on New Year’s Honours List

Two eminent female professors from Driffield and the Wolds have been recognised for their contributions to environmental protection and management in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.


University of Hull Emeritus Professor Lynne Frostick, from Kilnwick, and Professor Nicola Jane Horsley, (Nicola Spence), of Huggate, have received CBEs in the 2022 New Year’s Honours.


Environment Agency (EA) board member Professor Frostick was awarded the accolade for her services to Flood Risk and Coastal Erosion Management.


Professor Frostick’s work in the aftermath of the 2007 floods in Hull played a vital role in shaping UK flood policy through the national Pitt Review.


For decades, she has led the advancement of knowledge on the importance of flood resilience in a changing climate and championed the voice of local communities most at risk.


Her exceptional work as an EA board member has influenced national flood risk policy and throughout her career, she has been a remarkable role model for women in STEM-related industries.


She is one of Britain’s leading geographers with decades of public service to advancing knowledge and understanding of rivers, estuaries and flood risk management and has published over 100 papers and books.


As an EA board member, she has been crucial in the successful delivery of the government’s flood investment programme which in 2021 achieved 300,000 homes better protected.

It is a delight and an honour to receive the recognition and it recognises the hugely important work within the Environment Agency in flood and coastal risk management

Professor Lynne Frostick


Her leadership of the Chairs of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees has helped to secure vital flood risk project funding, including investments in flood impacted communities following major storm events.


She led the transformational ambitions in the EA’s 2020 flood strategy; widely regarded as taking a world leading approach putting climate change at the heart of flood and coastal risk management.


She has devoted significant personal time to supporting the annual Flood and Coast Excellence awards which recognise innovative ways to improve flood resilience and take action to confront climate change.


Professor Frostick said she was surprised and delighted to receive the honour.


She told the Wolds Weekly: “It is a delight and an honour to receive the recognition and it recognises the hugely important work within the Environment Agency in flood and coastal risk management.


“It is an absolute delight to work with such a great team who have the good of the population at heart.


“There has been a huge investment in flood risk and progress has been made, however there is still more to do.


“We have to learn to adapt and become more resilient to flood risk because it is not going away and hopefully, we can become better prepared to deal with it.”


Professor Horsley is the Chief Plant Health Officer and Deputy Director for plant and bee health at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and is the Head of the National Plant Protection Organisation for the UK.
She leads the fight to prevent plant and bee disease entering the country.


In her role, she advises ministers, industry and others about the risks posed by plant pests and diseases and ensures that measures are in place to manage those risks and minimise their impact.


As an experienced research plant pathologist, she has worked on virus diseases of horticultural crops in the UK and internationally for over 20 years.


She is an expert in plant health and international plant trade and was previously the Head of Plant Health and then Chief Scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency.

Professor Nicola Horsley CBE


Professor Horsley said she was delighted to receive the CBE for services to Plant Health.


She said: “I am surprised and very honoured to have been recognised.


“I’d like to thank my brilliant colleagues at DEFRA and those in the UK Plant health service as well as the wider plant health community, for their support and professional expertise.


“It is an exciting time for plant health as we plan to launch a new GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy in 2022 and continue to work with industry, stakeholders and the public on improving plant biosecurity.


“It is a privilege to continue to serve as Chief Plant Health Officer, protecting our precious plants and trees from pest and disease threats.”

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