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Guildford Resident Invested With OBE for Services to the Environment

Published on: 23 Feb, 2017
Updated on: 27 Feb, 2017

Amanda Mullarkey, OBE

Amanda Mullarkey was awarded her OBE at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace by The Prince of Wales on February 17. The award, announced in the New Year Honours, was for services to flood and coastal risk management and, also, for protection of the environment.

Amanda has been involved in supporting communities living with flood risk for 17 years and chairs a committee that works across the Thames catchment where a quarter of England’s population lives.

Amanda Mullarkey said: “With one in six of us vulnerable to flooding, I am delighted that the vitally important work to reduce the harmful effects of flooding has been recognised in this way.

“Few of us stop to think how often places like London would flood without defences. I see this award as reflecting the collective efforts of many partners who come together to help communities and businesses living with the prospect of flooding.”

Amanda also worked for 10 years as head of a national charity that campaigned to protect National Parks, defending them from inappropriate development and achieving legislation to better protect our finest landscapes such as the Lake District and Snowdonia. She also led the successful campaign to give the South Downs and New Forest National Park protection.

Locally, Amanda is involved in Guildford Residents Association and was presented with a Mayor’s award by Guildford Borough Council in 2003 for her role at the heart of the campaign to promote higher levels of recycling rather than an incinerator in Guildford.

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test 8 Responses to Guildford Resident Invested With OBE for Services to the Environment

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    February 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

    One word sums this up: “Congratulations!”

  2. Donna Collinson Reply

    February 25, 2017 at 9:07 am

    This OBE is so very well deserved. Amanda’s work is an inspiration to us all and of huge benefit to so many both nationally and locally.

    With so much inappropriate developments threatening and eroding our most precious landscapes, and development further contributing to flooding, it is fantastic that Amanda’s many and continuing years of dedicated hard work have been recognised and celebrated with this OBE for services to the environment.

    Well done.

  3. Fiona Curtis Reply

    February 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I too am delighted to see Amanda’s work being recognised in this way. Congratulations to her and long may she continue to represent the varied groups that she is involved with.

    Guildford needs people like her to ensure it remains open to the challenges it faces whilst ensuring the solutions do not have detrimental consequences in the long term.

  4. Keith Meldrum Reply

    February 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    This award is, indeed, very well deserved as Amanda does an immense amount of very good work for the community here in Guildford as many of us well know.

    She is well informed, diligent and working with her is a real pleasure because she achieves results.

  5. Barbara Ford Reply

    February 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I heartily agree – all too often important voluntary work of this kind is a thankless task, so it’s great that Amanda has indeed been publicly and officially thanked!

    As a Guildford resident who has had the pleasure of seeing her in action, I too thank Amanda for all her hard work. Long may she continue.

  6. Rosemary Morgan Reply

    February 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I would like to add my congratulations to Amanda. That’s wonderful recognition for her work in flood and coastal risk management. But her campaigning work for GRA and other local organisations is second to none. Well deserved.

  7. Ryan Mullarkey Reply

    February 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Go mum!

    • Harry Eve Reply

      March 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

      No – please stay 🙂

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