Professor Nicola Spence, Deputy Director, Plant and Bee Health and Chief Plant Health Officer, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been honoured with the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List.
This year’s Queen’s honours list recognises Professor Nicola Spence, British Society for Plant Pathology President for 2020 and 2021, for services to plant health.
“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”
Congratulations and thanks for all your work to protect plant health!