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Judy Ling Wong CBE

Honorary President at Black Environment Network

Judy is a painter, poet and environmentalist, best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy and practice towards social inclusion.

She is recognised as a visionary advocate for diversity and equality. She was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000, and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007. Recently, she was included in the BBC Power Women List, and the Forbes List of 100 Leading Environmentalists in the UK, Climate Reframe List of 100 best-known UK BAME activists. She was given the Vanity Fair International Women’s Day Challenger Award 2021 and the Earth Day Green Plaque Award 2021.

Her current contribution includes Chair – Green Apprenticeships Advisory Group, supporting the BEIS Green Recovery Taskforce, Member – UKRI Hidden Histories Advisory Group, Member – Weston Communicating Climate Advisory Group. Media Trust, Co-Founder – National Park City Foundation, Member – Living Landscapes Research Steering Group. Royal Society, Member – IUCN/WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group, Member – Aluna Cultural Strategy Development Group, Member – Tree Charter Board, Member – Population Matters Advisory Group, Board member – Botanic Gardens Education Network, Ambassador – Women’s Environmental Network.

Judy Ling Wong CBE's contributions